Locust Grove


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Park Overview:

Historic estate, museum, and nature center, Locust Grove overlooks the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Grounds and trails are open to the public.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:5 miles
Park Acreage:200 acres
Web Map:Estate grounds, trails, parking area
Park Description:

Locust Grove was the home of Samuel Morse, inventor of the commercial telegraph. The estate was subsequently owned by William and Martha Young who filled the house with an extensive collection of American decorative arts.  It is nowpreserved by a private trust as a historic site and wildlife sanctuary. The mansion is open May 1st to November 30th. The visitor center is open May 1st to December 31st. Grounds are open year round. There are fees to tour the mansion, but the gardens and grounds free.

Trails Overview:

A five-mile network of relatively short loop trails, constructed originally as carriage roads, wind through fields, woods and gardens around the mansion.  They are named and identified with wooden signs along the pathways.  Some of the trails are steep; many offer Hudson River views.

A web map link is above; printed maps are available at the estate's main entrance.  


The Estate is located on the west side of US 9 just south of Poughkeepsie.  Detailed written directions from various locations can be found using web Contact Information  — follow the tabs to “Visiting”/“Directions.”  Address for Google Maps: Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY  12601 

GPS coordinates:  41.670765, -73.928251

Contact Information:Locust Grove Estate
Region:Dutchess County
Fees:Some times and places; check with park

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Dogs at Locust Grove?

I haven't seen any signage at Locust Grove or any information on their website which indicates leashed dogs are not allowed. Can anyone provide official comment on this?   This is otherwise a great set of trails which I don't think most people in the area know about. Perfect for a quick walk through the woods.

Dogs are allowed on leash

I've checked with the nature preserve and dogs are allowed on a leash.  Thank you for calling this matter to our attention Phil McLewin Web Editor