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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.

This is a beautiful trail but THEY DO NOT ALLOW DOGS. We were asked to leave halfway through our hike. Please update your trail description!

2 days ago

A great trail for semi-experienced hikers. The steep rock scrambling (especially in the beginning) can be scary for beginners, but is still manageable. Went on a Saturday morning and it was very crowded.

This route is simply one of the best in New York. It passes by a gorgeous abandoned quarry, Bull Hill, Breakneck Ridge, lots of old ruins, and all the views of the Hudson River and the surrounding Highlands. Don't forget to head a little further down Breakneck Ridge Trail for the famed jaw dropping views before heading to the Undercliff Trail.

Watch for snakes. Saw a cute little guy chillin right on the trail by the Cornish ruins.

Also, bring lots of water.

3 days ago

Did this trail during the work week. It can be a mob scene on the weekends. It's the most intense hike in the Putnam-Westchester area. A lot of scrabbling up rocks. I found it difficult to do with my large dog. Fortunately, there were "easier" routes to avoid rock climbing the dog couldn't do. On the way back, we had to pass through a tunnel along the side of the road. The amplification of noise was horrendous and scared my dog intensely.

2nd time I went there and it’s worth it...

Great trail, great views

beautiful view at the top! The first white arrow you see up the white trail leads to a great vista. Don't miss that!

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