Hyde Park Trail

Park Overview:

The Hyde Park Trail links three National Historic Sites: Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (Val-Kill), and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:10.4 miles
Park Acreage:
Hyde Park/Dutchess/NY
Park Description:

FDR's estate contains his home, library, rose garden, grave and a small museum. The Val-Kill estate is the former home of Eleanor Roosevelt and houses her effects and memorabilia. The Vanderbilt Mansion contains a vast collection of antique furnishings and is surrounded by a landscape that includes magnificent views of the Hudson River and a formal Italian garden. Fees are charged to tour the buildings, but access to the grounds and trail are free. Three useful links are:

Trails Overview:

The Vanderbilt and FDR National Historic sites border the Hudson River, and the Hyde Park Trail through and between them rolls from waters edge at one point to the bordering ridge before heading inland to theVal-Kill site.  Around the mansions, the trail meanders through beautifully tailored grounds. In other parts of the estates, the trail passes large specimen trees, small swampy areas, streams, rock outcrops and wooded areas. The trail is marked with green tulip tree leaf markers.


The Vanderbilt Mansion is accessible from US 9 north of Hyde Park. The FDR National Historic Sites is also off US 9, but south of Hyde Park. Val-Kill is south of Hyde Park off NY 9G. The Hyde Park Trail can be accessed from any of these locations.

Contact Information:Hyde Park Trail –Town of Hyde Park Recreation Department
Region:Dutchess County
Fees:Some times and places; check with park