Undercliff/Brook/Cornish Trail Loop from Cold Spring...

Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

Undercliff/Brook/Cornish Trail Loop from Cold Spring Station - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Undercliff/Brook/Cornish Trail Loop from Cold Spring Station - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Undercliff/Brook/Cornish Trail Loop from Cold Spring Station - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Undercliff/Brook/Cornish Trail Loop from Cold Spring Station - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Undercliff/Brook/Cornish Trail Loop from Cold Spring Station - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Undercliff/Brook/Cornish Trail Loop from Cold Spring Station - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to several outstanding viewpoints over the Hudson River, Cold Spring and Storm King Mountain.

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Cross the tracks on the pedestrian footbridge. From the south end of the northbound platform, follow a wide path that heads south and then east, entering the Foundry Cove Historic Site. This path follows the route of a rail spur that once served the foundry after which the cove is named. This foundry, which operated here in the 1800s, produced munitions used in the Civil War. After passing a...

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December 30, 2015
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First time hiker - this was great!
I had left NYC for a couple days to relieve myself from the stress of daily life in the city.  Many people recommended Cold Spring.  I wanted to hike, or spend time in the forests, near water, and this seemed ideal.   I didn't plan anything ahead of time and was staying at a hotel in Highland Falls, about a 20 min drive from Cold Spring.  On the 2nd day, I decided it was time to hike.  I spent about 30 minutes searching online and all I could find were hikes in Breakneck Mountain.  It seemed beyond my capabilities.     I found this and decided it sounded perfect.  A 4 hour hike with the Cornish estate towards the end as a payoff was the adventure that fit my vision for the day. I texted the directions here to myself and was prepared not to have a cell connection.  I did have GPS capabilities on my phone.   I did not know about trail markers when I began my hike.  It was when I walked 30 minutes past where I was to have turned that I found a post with a map of the trails, along with the indication of colored markers.  Aha!  It was then that it turned into a game of finding the next marker.     About 2 hours into the hike, I reached the first outlook.  It was amazing.   It was as described, strenuous. There were 2 other views, before the descent.  Here's one of the Hudson with Cold Spring on the bottom left.   After that, I came upon the bridge, which is where you turn to head towards the Cornish Trail (look for a red arrow.  Do not cross the bridge.   Then later, you find the cistern (screen grab from video)   And for me, the payoff was Cornish Estate     As you walk back, don't forget to stop and check out the geese and the passing trains just near a pavilion on Fair Street. The trains will pass by often (I waited 10 minutes at most for a train after missing a photo opportunity on the first).  
gnettle
August 11, 2014
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Did this hike yesterday 8/10/14
Beautiful day to hike. Beginning of hike was a bit confusing, Nelsonville Park has lots of turns and rogue(unmarked)  paths, so some doubling back was necessary.  After the start the path became much better marked with newish looking trail makers.
topround
August 14, 2012
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Foundry Cove Historic Site is closed until fall 2013
The Foundry Cove Historic Site is closed until fall 2013.  To bypass this site during the period of closure, follow the alternative route shown in bold in the hike description.
Daniel Chazin
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