Manitou Point Nature Preserve (Manitou Point Preserve)


River trail at Manitou Point Preserve. Photo by Georgette Weir.


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Park Overview:

A small park on the Hudson River, Mantiou Point Preserve includes forest, tidal marsh, a steep ravine, and views.

Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:4 miles
Park Acreage:144 acres
Buy Trail Map:East Hudson Trails Map
Buy Book:New York Walk Book

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

Formerly known as Mystery Point, Manitou Point Preserve offers the enduring natural beauty of the Hudson River as well as a sense of the grace of a bygone era.  The natural features of the property include a mature wooded upland with numerous rock outcrops, a steep-sided ravine, a portion of Manitou Marsh, and sheer rocky bluffs along the river.

Part of the former estate of Edward Livingston, a descendant of Philip Livingston, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Preserve has been renovated and revived by The Open Space Institute and Scenic Hudson. The privately held mansion is not open to the public, but four miles of trails are available for public use.  This part of the Preserve is owned and managed by the Open Space Institute; the trails are mainained by volunteers from the NYNJ Trail Conference.


Trails Overview:

There are two distinct trail systems. One is a loop of a mile on the point with spectular views of the Hudson River. This trail may be treacherous in winter because of sheer drops over the Hudson. The other is primarily through hemlock forest. 

PLEASE NOTE: Although this property is now privately owned, an agreement with the landowner allows for public access to the preserve and its trail network. Please respect the owner's privacy by paying attention to all signs and avoiding areas marked as private.

Click for a detailed description of a hike in the Preserve.


Head north 1.8 miles from Bear Mountain Bridge on Route 9D, and turn left on Mystery Point Road. Parking and trailhead are on the left.

Metro-North's Hudson Line provides service to the Manitou station on a limited basis, primarily weekends. Check their schedule. From the station, proceed east on Manitou Station Road for 0.1 mile, then turn left and pass between stone pillars with a white gate onto a dirt road that runs along the southeast edge of Manitou Marsh.

Contact Information:Open Space Institute
Region:East Hudson Highlands