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Mills-Norrie State Park

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes

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Trail along the Hudson River - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff
NYNJTC maintained: 
1

Actually two adjacent parks: Ogden and Ruth Livingston Mills State Park and Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park. Combined, these parks host so many activities there is likely to be something to interest anyone.

Hiking
Mountain biking
Bridle path
X-C skiing
Dogs on leash
6 miles
1000 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.846641, -73.937765
Staatsburg
Dutchess
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park

Besides a multi-use trail system, Mills-Norrie State Park maintains a golf course, a marina on the Hudson, picnic areas, camping and cabins, and an environmental center. Included within the park is the Staatsburg State Historic Site, a Beaux-Arts era Stanford White-designed mansion with views across the Hudson to the Catskills that is seasonally open for tours. There are fees for some activities, please check with the parks.

 

Trail uses include hiking, biking, horseback riding, and even snowmobiling. Cross-country skiing is available in winter on the golf course. Park borders the Hudson River and trails are scenic.

 

5 miles north of Hyde Park, west of US 9 on Old Post Rd.

Dutchess County
Fees: 
Yes, click on 'Contact Information' for further information
Modified By: 
gayle edgerton; Phil McLewin
Last Update: 
09/29/2009
Landowner: 
NYS OPRHP
Manager: 
NYS OPRHP
Park ID: 
118
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Mills-Norrie SP

Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes


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At the boat rental dock Photo: Jane Daniels
NYNJTC maintained: 
1

Not to be confused with FDR's home in Hyde Park. FDR Park is a convenient place to go for a walk on its wide trails which have few elevation changes and little chance of getting your feet muddy.

Hiking
Mountain biking
X-C skiing
Accessible
Dogs on leash
5 miles
841 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.283678, -73.808129
Yorktown Heights
Westchester
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park

FDR State Park is a large multi-use facility with picnic tables, board rentals, playing fields, and a swimming pool. In season and weekends, picnickers arrive by the carful and busload, filling the park with sounds of people enjoying the outdoors and smells wafting from grills. During weekends in spring and fall, road races and walkathons utilize the park roads.On weekdays and off season weekends, local residents walk, jog, or bike along the park roads in relative isolation. 

The trails at FDR are blazed. On the easternmost part of the park, a road built by the Civilian Conservation Corps provides a quiet place to walk under tall trees. A paved path essentially paralleling the park road to the swimming area is handicapped accessible.

The Friends of FDR State Park are working on connecting the park to Baldwin Road. In 2016, thanks to an Eagle Scout project, a bridge crosses the inlet stream. Plans for 2017 include building a bridge across the outlet stream. 

A trail map link appears on the park's web page (use Contact Information below)

From the Taconic State Parkway, take the FDR Park exit. In season, there is an entrance fee daily; in spring and fall, the entrance fee is only on weekends and holidays.

Westchester County
Fees: 
Some times and places; check with park
Modified By: 
Phil McLewin
Last Update: 
07/07/2011
Landowner: 
NYS OPRHP
Manager: 
NYS OPRHP
Park ID: 
49
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Rename
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FDR State Park

Bear Mountain State Park

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes


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View of Anthony's Nose from Hessian Lake at Bear Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin
NYNJTC maintained: 
1

Bear Mountain State Park is one of the paramount attractions in the Hudson Highlands region, offering both family-related activities and ample hiking trails, many with scenic views.

Hiking
X-C skiing
Accessible
Dogs on leash
45 miles
5067 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.312863, -73.988953
Bear Mountain/Rockland
Orange
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park

The park is a destination for many families attracted to Bear Mountain Inn, the Trailside Museums and Zoo, a merry-go-round, boating on Hessian Lake, pedestrian walkways, a skating rink, an outdoor pool, open playing fields, a bike path, accessible nature trails, seasonal festivals, Perkins Tower, and nearby Fort Montgomery State Historic Site.

A trail map set published by the Trail Conference (TC) for the combined parks is available for purchase.   Map grid references below are keyed to TC Map 119.

One of the biggest attractions of Bear Mountain State Park is hiking; this is also an especially historic place to enjoy the outdoors.

The very first segment of the Appalachian Trail (white 2" x 3" blaze), from Bear Mountain Bridge to Arden, was completed in 1923.  The lowest point along the AT is 124 feet above sea level at the Trailside Historical Museum in the zoo (just to the west of the Bear Mountain Bridge.)  This section of the AT, stretching from the main parking area near the Inn through the zoo, is wheelchair accessible. Today an 18 mile segment passes through Bear Mountain-Harriman State Parks from Bear Mountain Inn west to NJ 17 and Arden Valley Road (TC map 119 grid locations A3/G2).  At 2,175 miles, the AT is now one of the longest blazed foot trails in the world.

Read information about the Bear Mountain Trails Project and a 2011 reroute of the AT on West Mountain.

The “Bicentennial Trails” were blazed in 1975 for the bicentennial celebration to commemorate the strategically important military events occurring in the Hudson Highlands during the American Revolution.  The 1777 Trail (blazed red “1777” on round white tag, 10.6 miles, map grid F2/F3) and the 1779 Trail (blazed blue “1779” on round white tab, 8.5 miles, map grid E3/F2) follow routes by British and American troops during the Revolutionary War. 

  • The 1777E Trail (Fort Clinton branch), one of three 1777 Trail segments, travels south and then west from the main parking lots ending, in 2.3 miles, near the abandoned hamlet of Doodletown  -- which has its own fascinating history.
  • A 1779 Trail trailhead is located at Fort Montgomery Historic Site, across the Popolopen Creek where separate parking is available. The 1777W and 1779 trails are co-aligned here.     

The Major Welch Trail (blazed red ring on white, 2.6 miles, map grid E2/F2) ascends Bear Mountain’s north slope; its trailhead is a little south of Hessian Lake and travels to the east of the lake.  The trail was named in 1944 in memory of Major William A. Welch, the first general manager of the Palisades Interstate Park.  Welch was basically responsible for launching Bear Mountain SP and Harriman SP trail networks. The trail ascends nearly 1,000 feet to terminate at the summit close to Perkins Memorial Tower where it meets the Appalachian Trail.  

A web map produced by NYS (click on Contact Information below) identifies 16 trails in Bear Mountain SP, several extend into Harriman SP.   They range in length from 0.2 mile to 6.5 miles, totaling just over 45 miles.  Be aware when planning a hike with this map that distances are for Bear Mountain SP only.

  • See "Web Map" link near top of page for a segment of the TC map set featuring the area around Bear Mountain Inn, Hessian Lake,  the Zoo and Perkins Tower.
  • Looking for a hike?  Click for a list of detailed descriptions in Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks.

 

Driving: From the Palisades Interstate Parkway (north or south), get off at exit 19 (Bear Mtn. Park) and take Seven Lakes Drive for 3½ miles to the Bear Mountain Circle. At the circle, take the second right. Follow the signs to Parking Lots. If you miss exit 19, take the Parkway to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At this circle, make the first right onto 9W south and go to the traffic light. Bear right and go up the hill. Parking fees apply.

  • Experience a spectacular drive along the entire length of Seven Lakes Drive from Sloatsburg, NY, through Harriman SP into Bear Mountain SP. From the south or east take I-287/I-87 to New York State Thruway exit 15A, at end of ramp turn left onto 17N.  Proceed north through Sloatsburg to the third traffic light turn right onto Seven Lakes Drive. In approximately 14 miles at the traffic circle with Route 6, take the second right to Route 6 East (which becomes co-aligned with the Palisades Interstate Parkway).  Merge right from the fast lane, exit 19 will come quickly on the right.

Public transportation: Short Line buses run from the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal to Bear Mountain Inn (to find the schedule enter destination city as “Bear Mountain”).

 

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks
Fees: 
Some times and places; check with park
Landowner: 
NYS OPRHP
Park ID: 
258
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Missing

Blue Mountain Reservation

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes
Loundsbury Pond: Photo: Jane Daniels
Keeping your goslings in a row Photo: Jim Simpson
The road less taken Photo: Jane Daniels
NYNJTC maintained: 
0

The rolling, boulder-strewn terrain of Blue Mountain Reservation also includes ponds, streams, hardwood forest, and two mountains with panoramic views of the Hudson River.

Hiking
Mountain biking
Bridle path
X-C skiing
Dogs on leash
23 miles
1583 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.269704, -73.922316
Peekskill
Westchester
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park

Rolling woodlands with large granite boulders, glacial erratics, and rock outcroppings comprise the landscape of Blue Mountain Reservation. Massive rock formations tower above trails while stately trees, tiny lichen, and abundant ferns make a picturesque setting. Blue Mountain Reservation was originally part of Van Cortlandt Manor, purchased from local Native Americans in 1677. Much later the Loundsbury family owned and operated a sand, gravel, cement, brick and general contracting business. The gravel pit was located at the present day beach parking lot.

The trails in Blue Mountain Reservation meander up hills and down through valleys. Aside from the singel-track trails created by mountain bikers, the trails are on woods roads. Blazes and numbered posts change all too frequently because groups decide on their own to mark a trail. Hikers seeking solitude might prefer weekday visits to avoid the heavy mountain bike activity on weekends.The official park trail map designates most intersections with numbers, but unfortunately these numbers do not appear on the ground at most intersections. It is best to print out the trail map from the Blue Mountain website, but the colors on the map indicate the degree of difficulty of the trail, not the blaze color. If available pick up a free map from the entrance kiosk. A five-mile loop includes both Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain. The north end of the 12-mile Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway is within Blue Mountain Reservation.

From the north: Take NY Route 9 south. Exit at Welcher Avenue; turn right and follow to the park entrance. From the south: Take NY Route 9A to NY Route 9 north. Exit at Welcher Avenue, turn left and follow to park entrance.

Public transportation: Take Metro-North Hudson line to the Peekskill station. From the station, head east on Hudson Avenue for 0.7 mile to Walnut Street and a sign To DePew Park. Follow Walnut Street into DePew Park and take the Lake Mitchell Trail to the swimming pool parking lot to go into Blue Mountain Reservation. . 

Westchester County
Fees: 
Some times and places; check with park
Landowner: 
County
Manager: 
Westchester County Parks
Park ID: 
265
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Missing
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Bear Mountain-Harriman State Parks

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes
View from The Timp - Photo credit: Dan Balogh
Autumn reflections along the Stony Brook Trail - Photo credit: Susan Magnano
Hudson River from Bear Mountain - Photo credit: Josh Howard
NYNJTC maintained: 
1

Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks in New York combine to cover nearly 52,000 acres of mostly forested landscape with hundreds of miles of trails--including the Appalachian Trail--a rich hiking resource close to New York City.

Hiking
Accessible
Dogs on leash
235 miles
52000 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.230332, -74.086882
Bear Mountain
Rockland
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park

 

With more than 235 miles of trails, approximately fifty marked trails, and three-dozen plus woods trails not to mention unmarked trails, it seems best to feature just a few major trail access points with parking areas.

  • Reeves Meadow Visitors Center: One of the most popular trails in the park, the Pine Meadow trail [5.5 miles; red on while] leads to the north shore of Pine Meadow Lake. A 0.2-mile hike east from the parking area towards Sloatsburg on Pine Meadow Trail connects to Seven Hills Trail [blue dot on white]; 300 feet east of the visitors center on Pine Meadow Trail is the trailhead [on the right] of the Reeves Brook Trail [white].
  • Bear Mountain Inn: The large parking area [though it becomes full in good weather, or on special holidays] is an access point to several trails, including the Appalachian [white], Anthony Wayne [2.8 miles, white], 1777E [red "1777" on white], Suffern-Bear Mountain [23.5 miles, yellow], and Cornell Mine Trails [2.5 miles, blue]. Also the Twin Forts Trail, a short path connecting the sites of the historic Fort Clinton and Fort Montgomery [including the modest Fort Montgomery visitor center] and also leading to the Timp-Torne [11.2 miles, blue] and Popolopen Gorge trails [4.5 miles, red on white].
    • Significant improvements are underway for trails in this section of the park; volunteers are welcomed to join the NYNJ Trail Conference's Bear Mountain Trails Project.
  • Anthony Wayne Recreation Area: The mid-point of the Anthony Wayne Trail [2.8 miles; white] forms a loop with the Popolopen Gorge Trail [red on white] at Turkey Hill Lake and the Timp-Torne Trail [blue] on the west end of West Mountain.
  • Elk Pen Parking Area: On the western side of the park, there is access to the Appalachian Trail, Arden-Surebridge Trail [6.3 miles, red triangle on white] and Island Pond.

The Appalachian Trail [18.0 miles, white] traverses the northern section of the park, extending from the Bear Mountain Bridge at the Hudson River west to NY 17. On the way, it intersects or runs jointly with eleven other marked trails, and it can be combined with these trails to make a variety of loop hikes.

This section of the Appalachian Trail in the park was the first of the 2,160 mile-long A.T. to be completed, and much of it still follows the original route. Improvement are still being made to the A.T. on Bear Mountain which is the focal point of a multi-year, multi-agency trail building and rehabilitation project being led by the Trail Conference. Learn more about the Bear Mountain Trails Project.

  • Before proceeding west on the A.T. from Bear Mountain Inn, hikers may wish to follow the trail east, through a pedestrian tunnel under US 9 W, into the Trailside Museum and Zoo, which features native plants, animals, reptiles and birds. A sign on the A.T. as it passes through the museum marks the lowest point on the entire trail from Maine to Georgia - 124 feet above sea level.
  • Both ends of the trail in the park are readily accessible. See "Let's Go/Directions to Trailhead" to either Bear Mountain Inn or Elk Pen Parking Area.

Doodletown near Bear Mountain, an isolated hamlet surviving for 200 years -- but a ghost town since the mid-1960s -- is a popular destination for hikers.  Click for more information. 

For a collection of detailed hikes go to the “Find a Hike” page, scroll down to “Harriman State Park” and “Harriman-Bear Mountain State Park.”

  • Reeves Meadow Visitors Center: From NY 17 in Sloatsburg take Seven Lakes Drive 1.4 miles.  GPS:  41.174182, -74.168434
  • Bear Mountain Inn: From the Palisades Interstate Parkway [north or south], get off at exit 19 [Bear Mtn. Park] and take Seven Lakes Drive for 3½ miles to the Bear Mountain Circle. At the circle, take the second right. Follow the signs to Parking Lots. If you miss exit 19, take the Parkway to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At this circle, make the first right onto 9W south and go to the traffic light. Bear right and go up the hill. Parking fees apply.  GPS: 41.312055, -73.988693
  • Anthony Wayne Recreation Area: From the Palisades Interstate Parkway, take Exit 17.  GPS: 41.297022, -74.027669
  • Elk Pen Parking Area: Take Route 17 north through Southfields, NY, turn right [east] onto Arden Valley Road, pass over the NY State Thruway [no access], then turn right on Elk Pen Road. From Route 17 south, Arden Valley Road is two miles south of the Harriman train station. [Google Maps: "Rt 17 and Arden Valley Road, NY 10975" The satellite view will show the parking area.]                                   GPS: 41.265345, -74.153499
  • Public transportation: Short Line buses from the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal to the Bear Mountain Inn also stop, if requested, along US 9W at Tomkins Cove and Jones Point. Short Line buses and Metro-North trains to Suffern, Sloatsburg, Tuxedo, Southfields, Arden, and Harriman give access to trails on the west side of the parks.
Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks
Fees: 
Some times and places; check with park

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Modified By: 
Phil McLewin
Last Update: 
08/29/2010
Landowner: 
NYS OPRHP
Park ID: 
259
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Missing
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Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes
Dancing on Dancing Rock Photo: Jane Daniels
By a pond Photo: Jane Daniels
Hiking through laurel Photo: Jane Daniels
NYNJTC maintained: 
1

Hilly terrain in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation offers a mix of second-growth hardwood forest, hemlock, laurel, bold rock outcroppings, steep ravines, wetlands, and open meadows.

Hiking
X-C skiing
Accessible
Dogs on leash
42 miles
4700 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.258383, -73.602232
Lewisboro,Bedford
Westchester
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park

The largest park in Westchester County, Ward Pound Ridge has areas with lots of people and places where few are encountered. Picnic areas, Trailside Museum and the park office are along Reservation Road, which crosses the park east-west and parallels the Cross River.  The southern part of the park offers a more secluded atmosphere. It is reached most easily from the Michigan Road parking and picnic area, which also serves as the center for winter ski touring. Camping in CCC era lean-tos is available.

Hikers have lots of choices in the 41.9 miles of trails in the park. 

  • The Rocks Trail takes hikers  on a 4.9-mile circuit into the heart of Ward Pound Ridge to pass Indian Rock Shelter, Raven Rock, Castle Rock, Spy Rock, Bear Rock and Dancing Rock.
  • North of Reservation Road, the brown trail offers a pleasant 3.8-mile walk along the Cross River. It is accessible from the picnic areas along Reservation Road.  
  • The blue trail extends south from the Kimberly Bridge picnic area through the eastern side of the park. One side of this 3.8-mile loop rises through open forest to the highest point in the park (860 feet). Laurel is in bloom in June along this trail. 
  • From the Michigan Road picnic area, the red trail offers access to the greatest variety of scenery along its 5.6 mile loop.
  • Side trails lead to Leatherman's Cave, the former CCC camp, and a view over the Cross River Reservoir, 

Cross-country ski traffic on the red, green and yellow trails is one way: counterclockwise.

From I-684, take Exit 6 (Route 35) and turn east. Go 3.8 miles and turn right onto Route 121. It is 0.1 mile to the reservation entrance 41.26116, -73.614716
 
No public transportation.
Westchester County
Fees: 
Some times and places; check with park
Nearby Parks: 
Last Update: 
11/05/2016
Landowner: 
County
Manager: 
Westchester County Parks
Park ID: 
217