Franny Reese State Park


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Park Overview:

Steep, wooded slopes above the Hudson River, with a connection to Walkway Over the Hudson Historic State Park.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:2.5 miles
Park Acreage:250 acres
Park Description:

250 acres of ridgeline and steep, wooded slopes just south of the Mid-Hudson Bridge overlook the Hudson River and the city of Poughkeepsie. This open space was preserved by Scenic Hudson in 2003 and transferred to New York State parks department in 2006. A trail connects it to the Walkway Over the Hudson Historic State Park.

A trail map is presented on a kiosk at the Macks Lane parking area. You can download and print this map from Scenic Hudson by clicking here. Complete information on the park, including several large signs and a plentiful supply of free paper maps, is also available at the Walkway Loop Trail entrance [reached via Haviland Road].

Trails Overview:

About 2.5 miles of carriage trails and footpaths criss-cross this park's 250 wooded acres.  The White Trail long loop is the recommended walk in the park. However, the three "scenic overlooks" that the map shows along it do not exist and views can be limited by abundant trees.  For a truly spectacular view the scenic overlook on the Blue Trail does exist -- it is very worthwhile, do not miss it.

Click to view hike descriptions that start from either the east shore or west shore of the Hudson River.


Crossing Mid-Hudson Bridge from east to west, take Route 9W north and take first right onto Haviland Road. Parking area for Johnson-Iorio Park is located at the end of Haviland Road. From parking area, descend stairs and turn right to cross under Mid-Hudson Bridge. Trailhead is on the right.

Or from west side of Mid-Hudson Bridge, take Route 9W south for 0.8 mile, then turn left on Macks Lane. Park entrance is 0.3 mile on the left.

Or, public transportation: From the Poughkeepsie train station, connect to the Walkway Loop and cross either of the bridges over the Hudson River. When you reach Johnson-Iorio Park, descend staircase, turn right to pass underneath Mid-Hudson Bridge and you are on one of the park's carriage roads.

Contact Information:Scenic Hudson
Region:Shawangunk Mountains

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Bus Route to psrk.

  Limited weekday bus service from Kingston to Highland on (9W) is available via Route G . Also bus service from New Paltz to Highland is available via Route H.Ulster County Area Transit, (888) 827-8228. Ulster County Area Transit also offers bus service from the Metro-North station in Poughkeepsie to Highland to New Paltz and Rosendale via their Ulster-Poughkeepsie Link.

Featured Hike

"Over the River and Into the Woods" by Georgette Weir features a hike in this park. See the January/February 2010 issue of the Trail Walker, page 12.