Hudson Highlands State Park is a non-contiguous state park in the U.S. state of New York, located on the east side of the Hudson River. The park runs from Peekskill in Westchester County, through Putnam County, to Beacon in Dutchess County, in the eastern section of the Hudson Highlands.Add Hudson Highlands State Park to your Cold Spring travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Cold Spring trip itinerary maker.
The park's lands, heavily mined, logged and quarried in the past, were assembled over the mid-20th century from different purchases by the state, totaling 7,669 acres (31.04 km2; 11.98 sq mi) as of 2014. They range from riverside salt marshes to mountain summits, including the highest in the Highlands, the 1,610-foot (490 m) south summit of Beacon Mountain. It is managed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) from offices at Fahnestock State Park to the east. Its parcels adjoin others owned by other public agencies and private preserves, some of which are managed by NYSOPRHP as well and are open to the public.
Due to its panoramic views of the river and mountains, and easy access by both automobile and rail, it has become a very popular destination for day hikes. The park's best known trail makes a steep, rocky ascent up Breakneck Ridge. Other trails climb neighboring Bull Hill and follow the cliffs of Anthony's Nose. The Appalachian Trail (AT) also goes through the southeast corner of the park.
Hudson Highlands State Park reviews
We enjoyed doing the Cornish Estate hike with an elementary and a middle school aged children. They enjoyed exploring the ruins and the feeling of wilderness along the Hudson. It can be expanded as... more »
Ignore the GPS if it sends you to the trails by Lake Surprise Road in Cold Spring, NY. The only access is via Rte.9D - save time and get more hiking in by going straight there - you´ll get turned... more »
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