Tivoli Bays

Park Overview:

Tidal wetland and upland forest reserved for research and wildlife.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:4 miles
Park Acreage:1722 acres
Red Hook/Dutchess/NY
Park Description:

This area is part of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, managed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. It is a wildlife management area and field laboratory for research and education about the Hudson River Estuary. A large part of the reserve is a tidal wetland, but it is surrounded by a buffer of upland forest and shoreline. Bard College maintains a field station on the South Bay at the end of Blithewood Rd., which is also used as a regional headquarters for the Estuarine Research Reserve. Visitors are welcomed on the trails, and for canoeing and birdwatching. Hunting, fishing and trapping are permitted in season.

Trails Overview:

The trails skirt and pass through the tidal areas as well as wind through the surrounding landscape.

  •        The North Bay Trail [1.0 mile] follows Stony Creek along waterfalls and a tidal creek, through a hemlock ravine, mixed deciduous forest, and tidal swamp.
  •        The Cruger Island Causeway Trail [0.4 mile] runs through a mature freshwater tidal swamp. This trail floods at high tide and is wet at low tide.
  •        The Overlook Trail [1.1 miles] goes from NY 9G through rolling fields and woods to a panoramic view of the North Bay, Hudson River and the Catskills.
  •        The Hogback Trail [0.6 miles] climbs through a hardwood forest with many varieties of wildflowers in spring.

Bard College Field Station also has trails around the South Bay. A crude trail map is available at this link.


The North Bay trailhead is at the Tivoli Bays Visitor Center inside the Watts dePeyster Fireman's Hall in the Village of Tivoli.  There is a parking area and information kiosk on NY 9G south of Tivoli, as well as 7 other parking areas off the roads that head toward the reserve off NY 9G including Kidd Lane, Cruger Island Rd. and Blithewood Rd.

Contact Information:Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve Bard College Field Station
Region:Dutchess County