nature trips


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.

fun trail. make sure you wear hiking boots, bring water and snacks. you also need to be in shape or the next day you will feel it. elevation gain is 1,404 according to my fenix 5x watch. expect 3 to 4 hours round trip. we recorded 3.83 miles on popular trail which was crowded on labor day monday.

Great hike, there is a map provided at the beginning of the trail and markers along the way which make it much easier to navigate. Went on a Monday and it was pretty empty and great with our dog:)

We hiked the white trail, going over in the yellow then red and at last blue. This map doesn't tell you the colors but you can get a free map at the station where the trail starts. Took about 2,5-3 hrs to get around the 8-9 kilometers. The first bit is definitely steep but once you get up there, the views are fantastic!

Really cool old structure, took the opportunity to head up yellow trail and back down into cold spring on the white trail. Awesome views. Highly recommend, nice combination of easy hike and progressively got more difficult upon descent into gravel pit above cold spring parking area.