Looking for a great trail in Hudson Highlands State Park, New York? AllTrails has 36 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 17 moderate trails in Hudson Highlands State Park ranging from 1.4 to 10.3 miles and from 9 to 1,505 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.

Great workout and though the scramble up isn’t terribly difficult it is challenging and goes on and on for a solid hour. Definitely need to use both hands and feet... back pack needed to carry water.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

7/17/19 BEE AWARE.... I took breakneck up to firetower and on the way out I decided to take yellow trail. About 2 miles in from the trailhead there’s a yellow jacket hive almost off the trail (just enough that you don’t notice until you’re on top of it.) Use extreme caution & if you’re allergic DO NOT take yellow. As soon as I saw it (approx 5 feet) I turned and immediately heard buzzing. I ran but I got stung on my back a few times.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Had an amazing hike in the morning around 9:30am with my brother here. We took the long loop (3 hours) and enjoyed the whole experience with the extensive views of the Hudson. I highly recommend bringing lots of water, a snack like an apple, and apply plenty of sunscreen! It’s best to go early morning on a week day because there is less traffic. The rock scramble especially in the beginning isn’t too difficult, just be careful where you step and it’s best to have someone spot you which brings me to my next point; I suggest you hike this trail with a buddy. I was able to complete the hike in regular converse shoes, but at certain points I needed some spotting because I had no grip and needed to use certain parts of the rocks that I couldn’t see, but my brother could. It’s an intense hike so I don’t suggest you bring small children or pets. This trail opens eye to preserving our environment and represents the history of the Hudson. The trek up and down is something that feels so rewarding and amazing in the end!

I would recommend this trail to anyone. We went last Saturday; Its a bit rocky at times but it’s awesome as workout, and the views are breathtaking. Loved every part we went too. I did this hike in November last year and the fall views were awesome, nevertheless in summer is beautiful. We did it in a 90 degree weather and it wasn’t too bad. Loved it...loved it...loved it!!! Will definitely go again!!

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Beautiful outlooks/ very short but crazy elevation gain. One of my favorites, don’t bring dog pls

Great trail near NYC. Views at the top are pretty great

Great views on top. Moderately challenging. Terrific hike.

This is one quick beauty! 2 hrs or less for a great view of the Hudson River, Anthony's Nose, & Bear Mtn Bridge. Mid summer, overgrown grasses...wear tic repellent...essential for Lyme's Disease prevention.

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

Beautiful views. I believe I parked at the Cornish parking lot. The short loop is white , to yellow, to blue. I did the hike with my dog. She did well and enjoyed it. The first 45ish minutes is very vertical and exhausting. Part of the trail is very rocky, so a bit challenging. But the views were well worth it. There are plenty of nice spots to take a break. There is also a lot of shade.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

I love hiking Breakneck Ridge! This time I decided I wanted to see the Beacon Fire Tower so I continued on. Completely underestimated the mileage and terrain, more up and down and another slight rock scramble up to the fire tower. But it was worth it, it had amazing views once I did make it! On the way back I took the Wilkinson Memorial Trail to avoid going down Breakneck Ridge because that is dangerous and not recommended by anyone. Returning on this trail I got to see Sugarloaf Mountain which was nice. Bring bug spray because when the trail gets grassier and overgrown they come out. Also have good shoes and bring LOTS of water!

hiking
7 days ago

A pretty trail to follow and easy to do with a dog. Just expect lots of people and dogs on the trail.

My sister and I completed the tower and back this morning in a felt-swift 5.5 hrs. Terrific hike with plenty of views. Will definitely test your legs and lungs in several parts. Go early to beat the crowds.

hiking
no shade
7 days ago

Go up the southern trail and down the northern if you prefer climbing to sliding.

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

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