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Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
From New York State Thruway Take Exit 16 (Woodbury Commons): Follow Route 32 north for seven miles to Mountainville, turn right onto Angola Road. Turn left at the first stop sign to continue on Angola Road. The Museum's entrance on Muser Drive is just over 1 mile ahead on the right.
From Route 9W, north or south: Take the Angola Rd. exit and turn left. The entrance on Muser Drive is about a tenth of a mile ahead on the left.
GPS Coordinates: 41.42207, -74.03458
A former farm now an outdoor education center.
Approximately 6 miles of trails, from easy and handicapped accessible to moderate, explore the site. These include four designated Discovery Quest Trails, each of which focuses on a different ecological niche: Pond Quest Trail, Field Quest Trail, Woodland Quest Trail, and Highlands Quest Trail. Guide books, for sale at a modest fee at the visitors center, show a map of the trails and offer information about the natural and human history to be seen along the trails.
Since the museum aims to introduce visitors to trail experiences, trail blazes and markings are clear, colorful and, on the easiest trail, further indicated with flags.
This privately run, not-for-profit open space covers 177 acres of the former Kenridge Farm, a dairy and horse farm that was a showcase of the early 20th century. It features ponds and wetlands, meadows, and woods. Programs, exhibits, and trails focus on introducing children and adults to the outdoors.