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Blue Mountain Reservation
|Park Overview:|| |
The rolling, boulder-strewn terrain of Blue Mountain Reservation also includes ponds, streams, hardwood forest, and two mountains providing panoramic views of the Hudson River.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||22.6 miles|
|Park Acreage:||1583 acres|
|Web Map:||Bike map|
|Buy Book:||Walkable Westchester - A Walking Guide to Westchester County, NY |
|Park Description:|| |
Originally part of Van Cortlandt Manor, Blue Mountain Reservation was purchased by Westchester County in 1927. The park 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 woods roads, offering plenty of room for both bikers and hikers.
|Trails Overview:|| |
Hikers may prefer weekday visits to avoid the heavy mountain bike activity on weekends. The complex trail system is rather poorly blazed. The official park trail map designates most intersections with numbers, but these numbers do not appear on the ground at most intersections. It is best to print out the trail map from the Blue Mountain website, and if available get a free map from the entrance kiosk. A five-mile loop includes both Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain. The north end of the 12-mile Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway is within Blue Mountain Reservation.
From the north: Take NY Route 9 south. Exit at Welcher Avenue; turn right and follow to the park entrance. From the south: Take 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. From the station, head east on Hudson Avenue for 0.7 mile to Walnut Street and a sign To DePew Park. Follow Walnut Street into DePew Park and take the Lake Mitchell Trail to the swimming pool parking lot to go into Blue Mountain Reservation. .
|Contact Information:||Westchester County, Dept. of Parks Recreation & Conservation |
|Fees:||Some times and places; check with park|