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Putnam County Non-Profit Memberships

BOSCOBEL HOUSE AND GARDENS in Cold Spring

FRIENDS OF BREWSTER LIBRARY in Brewster

PUTNAM HISTORY MUSEUM in Cold Spring

STONECROP GARDENS in Cold Spring

Dutchess County NY Non-Profit Memberships

BARDAVON PRESENTS in Poughkeepsie

BEACON HISTORICAL SOCIETY in Beacon

BEACON SLOOP CLUB in Beacon (dedicated to preserving, protecting and celebrating the Hudson River)

COLE PALEN’S OLD RHINEBECK AERODROME in Red Hook

DIA BEACON in Beacon

EAST FISHKILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY in Hopewell Junction

FISHKILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY in Fishkill

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM in Hyde Park

FRIENDS OF MILLS AT STAATSBURGH (STATE HISTORIC SITE) in Staatsburg

INNISFREE GARDEN in Millbrook

LUCKY ORPHANS HORSE RESCUE in Dover Plains (sponsor a horse)

MID-HUDSON CHILDRENS MUSEUM in Poughkeepsie

SPRINGSIDE in Poughkeepsie (Springside Landscape Restoration of Springside Historic Site)

STONY KILL FOUNDATION in Wappingers Falls (Stewardship for Stony Kill Farm)

WAPPINGERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY in Wappingers Falls

WILDERSTEIN HISTORIC SITE in Rhinebeck

Columbia County Non-Profit Memberships

ART OMI in Ghent

FASNY MUSEUM OF FIREFIGHTING in Hudson

THE FRIENDS OF LINDENWALD in Kinderhook (preservation of the estate of Martin Van Buren)

HUDSON-ATHENS LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION SOCIETY in Athens

OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE in Hudson

HISTORIC HUDSON in Hudson

FRIENDS OF CLERMONT (STATE HISTORIC SITE) in Germantown

Bronx NY Non-Profit Memberships

BARTOW-PELL MANSION MUSEUM

THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS

BRONX ZOO

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN

WAVE HILL

YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK

Winnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park, NY

Website

Van Dam Road

Hyde Park, NY

Another entrance on Terwilliger Road

(845) 876-4213

contact@winnakee.org

Brace Mountain Area at Taconic State Park in Millerton, NY

“A 3.6-mile trail will take you to the highest point in Dutchess County, at 2,311 feet. And you will work hard for the opportunity to see spectacular views of three states! This hike is not recommended for small children since it can get very steep and rocky. Part of the Taconic State Park, multiple trails branch off after reaching the summit to the East, North, and South. Also, the summit is close to the tri-point intersection of New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. A waterfall will greet you part of the way up to the grassy top, a nice area to rest, picnic and enjoy the view. There are no facilities at this trail head, and limited parking.”

Website

Scenic Hudson on Brace Mountain

Brace Mountain on AllTrails

Brace Mountain on Wikipedia

Brace Mountain on Hike the Hudson Valley

South Taconic Trail

Millerton, NY 12546

Healthy Communities Trail Map

Vanderbilt Riverfront Trail at Vanderbilt Mansion NHS in Hyde Park, NY

Open daily, dawn til dusk

If you’re looking for a beautiful, easy walk, with educational opportunities, The Riverfront Trail at Vanderbilt Mansion is a great choice. Reward your walk around the 2.5 mile loop and pack a picnic to bring to Bard Rock, a large, flat rock on the water where you can marvel at the history and ecology of the Hudson River. There is an access road that brings you to a small parking lot that is close to Bard Rock however the access is seasonal.

Website

Hyde Park Trails Map

Vanderbilt Mansion Trail Map

Visit Vanderbilt State Historic Site on Facebook

119 Vanderbilt Park Road

Hyde Park, NY 12538

(845) 229-7770

Doherty Park Nature Trail in Hopewell Junction, NY

The Doherty Park Nature Trail, just over 1.5 miles, is supported by The Town of Beekman Recreation Department. This trail encompasses several soccer fields, parking places and, “a variety of ecosystems including old fields, new forests, streams and ponds.” In the warmer months, collect wildflowers and watch the birds around you enjoy the berries and the protected land.

Map of Nature Trail

Website

(845) 227-5783

839 Beekman Road

Hopewell Junction, NY 12533


Fishkill Ridge in Hudson Highlands State Park

Open daily, sunrise to sunset

Fishkill ridge offers challenging hiking over 600 acres and about 6 miles of trails with scenic views (if you plan & persevere!), and the best of birding (eagles, hawks & more!). Bring your dogs and keep an eye out for mountain bikers in the spring and deep snow in the winter. The potential for precarious footing and steep topography mean that this trail is not for the novice hiker. Located near Mount Beacon State Park, Fishkill Ridge is protected by The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in order to preserve natural habitats and to allow for community enjoyment. You may even spot the 1945 airplane wreck on your trek where 6 Navy veterans lost their lives. As always print out or take along a map in the case that you lose cell reception.

GPS Address:

36 Sunnyside Rd.

Beacon, NY 12508

(845) 265-3175

NYS Park Police: (845) 889-8866

Learn more at:

Scenic Hudson

AllTrails

Fishkill Ridge on Facebook

Hudson Highlands Trail Map

Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area in Pine Plains, NY

Features a short but rigourous trail to a fire tower landmark with scenic views. Allowed activities include hiking, fishking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

DEC’s Information

Learn More at NYNJ Trail Conference

Scenic Hudson’s Information

Hike the Hudson Valley Information

Stissing Mountain Fire Tower by Amy Barry

Dover Stone Church Preserve in Dover Plains, NY

Open Daily, Sunrise to Sunset, Weather Permitting

Features ponds, tributay, rugged terrain, cathedral – like window made of large metamorphic rocks

Dover Stone Church Visiting Guide PDF

History of Dover Stone Church

NYNJ Trail Conference

Learn More

845-832-6111

3128 NY-22

Dover Plains, NY 12522

Parking:

Dover Elementary School, 9 School St, Dover Plains, NY 12522 (when school is not in session); Freshco 22 Plaza,3156 NY-22, Dover Plains, NY 12522 (when school is in session)

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Nellie Hill Preserve in Dover Plains, NY

Nellie Hill Preserve in Dutchess County boasts scenic views and ponds with trials to walk and birds to watch. protected by The Nature Conservancy

The Red Trail is 1.3 miles. Follow the path up the hill to the preserve’s entrance onto the Red Trail. The Blue Trail spouts off of the Red Trail and is .11 miles.

“Nellie Hill is famous for its globally rare plants, animals, and regionally rare calcareous cliffs, all of which attract a wide variety of birds. The Red Trail loop is a level and short trail that boasts wild flowers, nature views and bird watching through woods and meadows. The trails are good for walking, hiking, running and snowshoeing in the winter. Pets are not allowed at this facility. In recognition of its rare flora and fauna, the Nature Conservancy recently donated Nellie Hill Preserve to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as the first parcel establishing the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge.” – DC Parks & Trails

Learn More

Trail Map

195 S. Nellie Hill Rd.

Dover Plains, NY 12522

Nearby Towns: Millbrook, Pawling

Visit The Town of Dover on Facebook

Whitlock Preserve in Clinton Corners, NY

Whitlock Preserve in Dutchess County offers two, short trails for walking and leisure – The Waterman Bird Club recommends this site for bird watching. In addition to walking trails, there is a pond and picnic tables and an interpretive kiosk at the trailhead’s parking lot.

Orange Trail: Easy, .31 miles

Blue trail: More difficult, .63 miles

Trail Map

Learn More

Rt. 82 & Knight Road

Clinton Corners, NY 12514

(845) 868-1310

townclerk@townofstanford.org

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Plum Point, Kowawese Unique Area in New Windsor, NY

Plum Point offers gorgeous views of the Hudson River including Bannerman Island and features water-side seating and photo opps with benches and a gazebo. The sandy landing allows for boat launching, fishing, chilling and wading. Explore the hiking trails with your pooch. While no swimming is allowed, locals will tell you to check the times of the tides so that you can walk out towards the center of the river at low tide. (I do not condone this.)

Learn more at orangecounty.gov

90 Plum Point Lane

New Windsor, NY 12553

(845) 615-3830

Mount Beacon Park

Don’t let the word, “park,” fool you. Every daunting and ever-rewarding – the notorious Mt. Beacon is for the the experienced hiker – or at least the moderately fit adult. You’ll want your hands to be free so that you can support your climb and catch your fall, but most of all to take photos overlooking the Hudson River.

Visit Scenic Hudson and NY/ NJ Trail Conference for trail maps and more information.

Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

Panoramic views on over 7,000 acres spanning Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester Counties.

With trails to suit the novice and experienced hikers, Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve offers many activities, both passive and active, as well as scenic views and spans of the Hudson Valley. While most of the land is undeveloped, there are designated areas to enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, birdwatching & more. AllTrails lays out 49 trails at this State Park Preserve.

3011 Route 9D

Cold Spring, NY 10516

845-265-3175

Park Link

Trail Map North

Trail Map South

Website

Denning’s Point in Hudson Highlands State Park

Dennings Point Trail, Beacon, NY 12508

(845) 265-3175

More Info

Map of Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

Hudson Highlands State Park

Unification Theological Seminary

UTS is home to three named trails: Father’s Trail, Mother’s Trail and the Theodore Roosevelt Trail. Hiking trails wind through forests, fields, along a pond and down to the lagoon at the southernmost end of Tivoli Bay. An eleven-circuit Labyrinth and Peace Garden that is open to the public can also be found on the property.

30 Seminary Dr, Barrytown, NY 12507

(203) 260-6801

communication@uts.edu

Website

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Montgomery Place Campus at Bard College

Closed due to COVID as of November 2020

GROUNDS ONLY Re-opened December 21, 2020

With 380-acres of rolling lawns, woodlands, and gardens, set against the spectacular backdrop of the Catskill Mountains, The Montgomery Place Campus at Bard College boasts opportunities for learning and exercise as architecture, art, & history converge to delight people of all ages.

26 Gardener Way, River Rd, Red Hook, NY 12571

1-800-BARDCOL (227-3265)

More Info

Website

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Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Stroll the grounds and formal garden. Located in Pelham Bay Park. Open daily, 8:30 am til dusk.

895 Shore Road, Bronx, NY 10464

718-885-1461

Website

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