Looking for a great trail in Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, New York? AllTrails has 40 great hiking trails, 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 20 moderate trails in Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve ranging from 2.2 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!

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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.

Note that parking near the Breakneck Ridge trailhead on NY9D has been greatly reduced, as the MTA (presumably as a result of being blamed for the fire a couple of weeks ago) has blocked off essentially all parking on the west side of 9D.

Note that parking near the Breakneck Ridge trailhead on NY9D has been greatly reduced, as the MTA (presumably as a result of being blamed for the fire a couple of weeks ago) has blocked off essentially all parking on the west side of 9D.

Note that parking near the Breakneck Ridge trailhead on NY9D has been greatly reduced, as the MTA (presumably as a result of being blamed for the fire a couple of weeks ago) has blocked off essentially all parking on the west side of 9D.

Note that parking near the Breakneck Ridge trailhead on NY9D has been greatly reduced, as the MTA (presumably as a result of being blamed for the fire a couple of weeks ago) has blocked off essentially all parking on the west side of 9D.

Note that parking near the Breakneck Ridge trailhead on NY9D has been greatly reduced, as the MTA (presumably as a result of being blamed for the fire a couple of weeks ago) has blocked off essentially all parking on the west side of 9D.

Note that parking near the Breakneck Ridge trailhead on NY9D has been greatly reduced, as the MTA (presumably as a result of being blamed for the fire a couple of weeks ago) has blocked off essentially all parking on the west side of 9D.

Note that parking near the Breakneck Ridge trailhead on NY9D has been greatly reduced, as the MTA (presumably as a result of being blamed for the fire a couple of weeks ago) has blocked off essentially all parking on the west side of 9D.

Note that parking near the Breakneck Ridge trailhead on NY9D has been greatly reduced, as the MTA (presumably as a result of being blamed for the fire a couple of weeks ago) has blocked off essentially all parking on the west side of 9D.

Note that parking near the Breakneck Ridge trailhead on NY9D has been greatly reduced, as the MTA (presumably as a result of being blamed for the fire a couple of weeks ago) has blocked off essentially all parking on the west side of 9D.

Good trail, nice view, would definitely do again. Took us 2 hours to get to the view, some of the trail is blocked off due to fire damage.

hiking
muddy
scramble
3 days ago

Great trail! View was better than breakneck. A little bit of a scramble here and there with mud towards the peak. Overall good challenge with an easy descent

So much fun! It gets pretty technical with the rock climbing but there plenty to hold on to. Many scenic points too.

running
icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
4 days ago

This trail needs to be marked better. A 5.2 mile loop would have been nice but there were no markers pointing to which trail was correct, it turned into a 9.5 mile bush waking hike, and had to be rescued by a nice fellow on a 4 wheeler

What a great adventure. Most of the hike was paved of sorts. But the kids loved exploring the buildings. The view of the water as you hike up was beautiful.

Easy, pretty trail, nice hike with family or if you're looking for something more relaxing. Probably a good option for trail run actually as the trek is flat for most of the way.

One of my favorite hikes of all time! Definitely a rock scramble, difficult but so much fun. Wear proper shoes and clothing, and would recommend going with a friend versus alone. I prefer Breakneck when it's a little cloudy or wet as you're more likely to have the climb to yourself - where as it can be back-to-back on a nice day.

Me and my girlfriend went today on the Short Loop (took 3 hours). It was our first time ever doing a trail, but we were told by our friends that this was the best one closest to our house. There are different entrances each having their own color, but we followed the White markers up 3 peaks then followed the yellow, green and red on the way down. We totally underestimated how difficult it would be lol. The rock scramble is legit and there are quite a few spots where if you mess up you could easily be falling down the mountain. Definitely would not recommend for first timers. Overall the trail/hike is awesome. The views are sick and it is such a rush climbing the mountains and plenty of places to take a break and catch your breath and take pictures.

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