Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve - South Section


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
Cold Spring,
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 north and south sections of the park are not connected. Visit Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve - North Section for more detail of it.


Trails Overview:
Trails south of NY 301 are [TC Trail Map 101]:
  • The Appalachian Trail [white blazed; 5.1 miles] which runs through the southern part of the park, starting as the trail crosses the Hudson on the Bear Mountain Bridge and exiting the park near the junction of NY 403 and US 9.
  • The Carriage Connector [yellow; 0.9 miles] follows carriage roads to bypass a strenuous section of the Appalachian Trail.
  • The Curry Pond Trail [yellow; 0.6 miles] is a connector between the Osborn Loop and the Appalachian Trail, increasing loop length options.
  • The North Redoubt Trail [red; 0.3 miles] is a fairly steep short climb to a lookout and the ruins of Continental Army fortifications.
  • The Osborn Loop [blue; 3.4 miles] combines with the Appalachian to make a ring trail through the middle of the southern section.
  • The Sugarloaf Trail [red; 1.6 miles] is a moderately strenuous ascent of Sugarloaf Hill, which is about half the height of the north section peaks, but provides one of the highest viewpoints in the southern section at over 700 feet.

Arden Point is separate from the main park. It is on the Hudson in Garrison. On level terrain, it has 2 trails blazed with red and blue that create a 1.7 mile loop with extensions to both ends of the park. These trails are easily accessible from the Garrison Metro North station.

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, Garrison, and Manitou.

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