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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.

Did the loop around Bull Hill only, did not continue to Breakneck Ridge. The trail had breathtaking views of the Hudson and of the fall foliage, I really recommend it . The ascent up Washburn trail makes for a good work out, but nothing too exhausting. On the way down from Bulk Hill, the walk back through Notch and Brook trails takes you through a pleasant walk some really beautiful sections of the forest.

Try to get here at golden hour (either an hour after sunrise/ an hour before sunset). It's difficult not to stop every 5 minutes to take advantage of the photo opportunities. But remember - put your phone down and enjoy your time in nature!

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Easy to get to, aerobic climbs and nice views.