Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cold Spring, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October.

1.2 miles 193 feet Loop

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

3 months ago

3 months ago

None of these reviews inform you that there is a rocky incline you need to walk to get to the marsh. Not terrible, probably not even the worst in the area, but definitely a workout and UNEXPECTED. I went fully anticipating an easy hike, but it wasn't a pleasant stroll through the woods. Then again the two hills back to the car were worse.

4 months ago

8 months ago

Very short run, more like a sightseeing tour! However going back up was a great 1/4 mile incline for a brief workout. The waterfalls were fantastic for pictures. Be sure to go up towards the red bridge away from marsh / parking lot to view waterfalls! The marshlands were also spectacular for viewing west point

9 months ago

The marsh starts as a trail through the woods and then a boardwalk to take you out into the middle of the tall grasses.
Check out my full write up with directions and other things to look out for.

1 year ago


trail running
1 year ago

I'm not sure why this says 13 miles. Maybe on the water there are trails that equal that?
For me it was about 1.3 miles from the parking area. Warning - you can only park a total of SIX cars here and if you try parking past that you will be ticketed or towed. This makes it extremely difficult to park as even along the street to this path there is no parking and nearest town is over a mile away.

There was definitely some beautiful scenery on the boardwalk area - but ithat area was much, much smaller than pictures lead you to believe. Maybe a 1/4 mile loop of boardwalk, if that. The trail is about a 1/2 mile and the rest is just a walk down the dirt road from the parking area. If you go up away from the trail you can take a short half mile walk to a pretty waterfall.

All in all not a terrible trail/path but it's very short and definitely not something you would want to travel to see.

2 years ago

If you've seen one marsh you've seen 'em all. Just kidding. The boardwalk is a nice touch, but only cuts into a tiny bit of Constitution Marsh. To really see the marsh, you need to kayak/canoe it. Required for completists, recommended for anyone who wants to throw in some wetland diversity into their mountain hikes, but overall it's non-essential.