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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 the Washburn Trail to the Cornish Estate. I don't know what the Cornish Estate was, but there are a lot of old dilapidated buildings, stream diversions, and what I believe are old rock quarries.

Start at the trail head on Route 9D and take the Washburn Trail up the side of the mountain. You will see sweeping views of the Hudson River, The City of Cold Spring below, and West Point across the river. If you are lucky, on a clear day you can see NYC from the top. Once you get to the top it's all downhill.

Notch Trail starts your journey back. A long section of this trail follows a stream diversion, so the trail may be wet, but there is a narrow path of rocky "high ground".

Then follow the Cornish Trail back to Route 9D. There are a lot cool abandoned buildings and structures on this section, as well as a section of paved trail.

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14 days ago

highly recommend this hike it was great!

Nice day hike

Suck a beautiful & simple hike - it's a photographers dream

it's a moderate trail.