A mostly undeveloped preserve of nearly 6,000 acres, Hudson Highlands State Park consists of a series of separate parcels of land stretching from Annsville Creek in Peekskill, north to Dennings Point in Beacon. The spacious park is perfect for outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, hiking, and birding. The Hudson Highlands and Hudson River provide spectacular backdrops for the many activities that can be enjoyed here. The park's extensive hiking trail network includes terrain that varies from easy to challenging. Trail maps can be obtained at the Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park office. The park's most well known trail Breakneck Ridge was rated by Newsweek as one of the top 10 day hikes in America. The 5.5 mile Breakneck Ridge trail rises 1,250 feet in only a mile stretch. Please note that camping and use of fire are prohibited throughout the park For visitors who wish to view the scenic park from the water, kayaks and canoes are available for rental at Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center in Cortlandt Manor. Rentals, as well as instruction, tours, and educational programs, are provided by Atlantic Kayak Tours. Visitors may also launch their own kayaks and canoes from the Annsville dock. Fishing from the dock is also permitted. One area of Hudson Highlands State Park, Bannerman Island, can only be accessed by water and explored via guided tour. Known originally as Pollepel Island, this island is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This majestic Hudson River landmark is home to Bannerman Castle, built by American entrepreneur Frank Bannerman VI between 1901 and 1918. For more information on visiting this unique site, please call (845) 831-6346.
Nice trail with some very nice viewpoints above the Hudson. Goes up quite steep and dusty on a rocky path for the first third, then more moderate through forest. Took us around 3.5 hrs to walk the loop - first white, then blue, then red, then blue again.
I will give Sugarloaf the benefit of the doubt, but Castle Rock trail is boring and confusing.
The map on the parking lot is rotten away so there is no way to tell what trails go where. There is a blue, red, and yellow trail.
There is no way of reaching Castle Rock. Apparently is it privately owned and has big "NO TRESPASSING" signs saying anyone entering the property will be arrested and prosecuted.
Also, there is a RATTLESNAKE HABITAT there. No fences or signs around it until you are leaving it. That was a pleasant surprise since I was there with my dog.
Great hiking area! The Cornish trail itself seemed to be a different one though. It's more a line than a loop, so based on the recommendations of the ranger, we took an combination of trails taking us to the mountain ridge with amazing views of the Hudson en a variety of sceneries.
We went hiking up the white trail, connected to blue, trekked on red for a bit, and picked blue back up towards the parking lot. It happened to be one of the hottest days of the summer, but I needed a practice run with my pack for a longer trip in the Adirondacks. The views up the white trail were amazing and worth the trouble. Mt. Taurus or bull hill is the top. You could do the loop in reverse which has an easier incline up, but still get the same views. The Cornish estate ruins were a nice stopping place as well. It took us 4.5 hours. On this day we each went through 60 oz of water and needed mosquito protection.
Love this trail, especially during the summer and fall. Very easy access from the train station in Cold Spring, about three quarters of a mile. I have hiked there quite a few times. It's definitely at least 7 miles, if you start from the parking next to route 9D across from Little Stony Point and take it up to Bull Hill/Mt Taurus. In fact, the more apt name for the trail should be Bull Hill or Mt. Taurus. Do watch out for the flies in April end. Supposedly, a couple of weeks in the year, mountains are infested with them, and for this hike last week of April is not the time to go.
This was a really good hike, I only gave it 3 stars because there isn't actually something called the Hudson Highlands Trail and it can be really confusing without an actual destination. If you use the directions from the app, it's brings you to all different trail heads of the Hudson highlands state park. To follow the path shown here, take the white blazed trail, which is flat, until you reach a junction with a green blazed trail that goes up on the right. This route will take you to Round Hill. Take the green trail all the way until another junction with a blue blazed trail on the RIGHT. Be careful here because there is another blue trail on the left that goes to another part of the mountain. You will notice the correct blue trail goes straight up and gets rockier, this means you are nearing the lookout of round hill. Once you reach round hill, you can follow the blue trail all the way back down the other side of the mountain as a loop. Definitely bring a map.