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Winnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park, NY

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Van Dam Road

Hyde Park, NY

Another entrance on Terwilliger Road

(845) 876-4213

contact@winnakee.org

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.

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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

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

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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

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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

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