Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve


View from Hudson Highlands. Photo by Georgette Weir.


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Park Overview:

This park encompasses the region’s most spectacular and popular trails. A wide variety of trail length and difficulty makes possible hikes from the very gentle to the extremely strenuous.

Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:52 miles
Park Acreage:7400 acres
Beacon, Nelsonville, Cold
Spring, Garrison/Putnam/NY
Buy Trail Map:East Hudson Trails Map
Web Map:Trail maps
Buy Book:New York Walk Book

Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

This park encompasses much of the eastern side of the Hudson River gorge. Totaling 7,400 acres, it has many sections, all administered by the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Many of these sections have dramatic scenery or history -- often both. The area was strategically important during the Revolutionary War, resulting in fortifications on both sides of the river, and provided the backdrop for several key events from that era. Trails in this park often include steep climbs and panoramic views of the Hudson River.

Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007, maintains a web site with additional descriptions of the parks, their histories and events.

The park has a number of disjoint pieces so we have divided it into a North and South Section. See these sections for details about the trails.


Trails Overview:

Trails north of NY Route 301 tend to be more strenuous, scenic, and popular than the trails to the south. South of 301, the trails offer gentler terrain, while still offering vistas of the Hudson.

Trails north of NY 301 are [see Trail Conference, "East Hudson Trails," Trail Map 102]:

Trails south of NY 301 are [TC Trail Map 101]:

Click to find detailed descriptions of specific hikes.  


The regional park office is in nearby Fahnestock State Park, but there are many access points to the park's trails along Route 9D, north and south of NY 301, from the Bear Mountain Bridge to Beacon, as well as in the municipalities of Nelsonville, Beacon and Cold Spring. Some trails are accessible via the Metro-North stations of Cold Spring, Beacon, Garrison, Manitou and Breakneck Ridge.

Contact Information:New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation
Region:East Hudson Highlands