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#3 of 176 state parks in New York

Best trails in Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

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Looking for a great trail in Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, New York? AllTrails has 48 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 25 moderate trails in Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve ranging from 1.4 to 10.3 miles and from 9 to 1,587 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
Park information
Acreage:
6,000 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
(845) 225-7207
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Top trails (48)
#1 - South Beacon Mountain via Breakneck Ridge and Wilkinson Memorial Trail
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 45 m
Breakneck Ridge is a scenic mountain with rocky cliffs along the Hudson River between Beacon and Cold Spring in New York. The parking area is at the Breakneck Ridge Train Station off route 9d and the Show more
#2 - Breakneck Ridge, Breakneck Bypass, Wilkinson Trail Loop
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
This route is called the "Breakneck Loop" in the park signage. A popular destination for hikers looking to escape NYC, this short and difficult loop trail heads up Breakneck Ridge and winds down WilkShow more
#3 - Bull Hill Full Loop
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
This is what the state refers to as the Full Bull Hill hike. Start at the Little Stony Point parking area just north of Cold Spring, then take the Washburn Trail (white) to the right, following an oldShow more
#4 - Anthony's Nose, Appalachian Trail, and Camp Smith
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 42 m
Anthony's Nose, Appalachian Trail, and Camp Smith is a 7.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Garrison, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primShow more
#5 - Anthony's Nose via Camp Smith Trail
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
Anthony's Nose via Camp Smith Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Peekskill, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#6 - Cornish Estate Trail
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 51 m
This is the easiest hike in Hudson Highlands State Park, as much of it is on the concrete driveway of the old Stern-Cornish Estate, with a quite gentle ascent to the estate ruins. From the parking loShow more
#7 - Bull Hill Short Loop
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
This is the "short loop" indicated by the park in various signs along the way. You start at the parking area at Little Stony Point (just north of Cold Spring). Take the Washburn Trail (white) to theShow more
#8 - Anthony's Nose via Camp Smith Trail
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
Anthony's Nose via Camp Smith Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Garrison, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers Show more
#9 - Arden Point and Glenclyffe
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
Arden Point and Glenclyffe is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cold Spring, New York that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
#10 - Bull Hill via the Washburn, Notch, Brook and Undercliff Trails
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
This is a lasso-shaped route up and around Bull Hill. Start at the parking area at Little Stony Point, just north of Cold Spring, then turn right onto the Washburn Trail (white), which initially folloShow more
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