Blue Mountain Reservation

Park Overview:

The rolling, boulder-strewn terrain of this 1583 acre park includes ponds, streams, hardwood forest and two mountains providing panoramic Hudson River views.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:22.6 miles
Park Acreage:1583 acres
City/County/
State:
Peekskill/Westchester/NY
Web Map:Bike map
Park Description:

Originally part of Van Cortlandt Manor, Blue Mountain Reservation land was purchased by Westchester County in 1927. The park today offers hiking, picnicking, fishing, a playground, and archery and shooting ranges, as well as being nationally known as a mountain biking center. All trails are open for hiking, and many are wide forest roads, offering plenty of room for bikers and hikers. The park is open 7 days, 8 AM to dusk.

Trails Overview:

Hikers may prefer weekday visits to avoid the heavy mountain bike activity of the weekends. The complex trail system is somewhat confusingly blazed. A second marking system of numbered posts at each trail crossing is also unreliable. It is best to print out the trail map from the Blue Mountain web site, and if available get a free map from the entrance kiosk. A 5 mile loop will take in both Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain. The north end of the 12 mile hiking trail, the Briarcliff Peekskill Trailway is within Blue Mountain Park.

Directions:

From the north: NY Route 9 south. Exit at Welcher Avenue; turn right and follow to park entrance. From the south: NY route 9A to NY route 9 north. Exit at Welcher Avenue; turn left and follow to park entrance. Public transportation: take Metro North Hudson line to the Peekskill station. To walk the 1.5 miles to the park, head east from the station on Hudson Avenue. Turn right on Washington Street. Turn left onto Welcher Avenue and the park entrance is visible straight ahead. From the entrance kiosk, bear left to head up to parking lot 3 for trail access.

Contact Information:Westchester County, Dept. of Parks Recreation & Conservation
914-862-5275
Region:Westchester County
Fees:Some times and places; check with park