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Anthony's Nose, Appalachian Trail, and Camp Smith

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Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

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 primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.6 mi Elevation gain 2,421 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest River Views Scramble
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Getting There

Parking is available on RT. 9d just north of the Bear Mountain bridge. There is also parking available at 2 locations, one approximately halfway into the trail on RT. 6 and parking at the end (or beginning) of the trail at the historic Bear Mountain Toll house on RT 6.

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. From NYC, take the Palisades Interstate Parkway north for approximately 40 miles until its end at the Bear Mountain Bridge. Take a left at the end of the bridge. Approximately .2 miles down the road is a small turn off on the side of the road with enough space for 3 cars.

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Michelle Griffin
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Beautiful trail

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Santos Duartes
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Jennifer Hernandez
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Great!RockyScramble

Pretty steep and rocky so it’s not a good idea to go after it’s rained, I went 2 days after heavy rainfall and it was still a bit slippery but otherwise it was great! Awesome workout and a great short hike to see the sun set and come back down.

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Tringa Maslinka
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Great trail. Easy to follow. Awesome peak and views.

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Michelle Tase
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The first part of the trail from this starting point is a very steep incline up. You get to Anthony’s nose, the best part, about 1 mile into the hike. The rest of the trail is very anti-climatic. If I were to do this trail all over again, I would either park at the parking lot at the end of the trail, that way Anthony’s nose overlook is towards the end, or I would turn around after the overlook and make it a shorter hike. Either way, the trail was well maintained and beautiful!

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Ryan Plut
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First part up is a bit difficult, if u push through its fine though. Its kind of a let down because you are finishing the best part within the first 20-30 minutes. Fun time though.

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Ryan Hoover
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Longest stretch I've done in some years, so I knocked off a lot of rust on this trail. Heavy quad work-out with little in the way of a reprieve in between ascending and descending, but very satisfying and short enough not to wear out its welcome. Only draw of the trail as outlined in this entry is that the most spectacular views of the whole thing come at the peak of Anthony's Nose fairly early on, draining the motivation a little for the rest of the hike.

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Megan Keller
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Great!
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David Fine
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Nice little quickie with a sweet view of bear mountain over the river!

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Mark G
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Hector Plaza
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Bilal Khan
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LeAnne Branch
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Definitely difficult at first if you haven’t been out hiking much like me! It’s like climbing a bunch of stairs, but as long as you take frequent breaks it is not too bad. It is very pretty though and the view at the top is worth it. It gets a bit crowded though, so bring your mask!

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Tom Wharton
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Great trail! Definitely tricky in some spots.

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James Molluso
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

To park If driving, once you go over the bridge, turn left and park within that first .50 mile. Dont park in between the ‘no parking signs’ unless you want a ticket. You’ll see some people do it but dont unless you want to come back to a ticket. Trail starts steep incline white trail markers. When you get to the blue turn right until you hit Anthonys nose. After enjoying Anthonys nose and the beautiful view walk back to the path and take the signs pointing towards toll house parking lot. Blue markers will mark the entire way. Once you get to the toll house you can take a break there. Theres some benches over there. Its definitely hard and not for beginners. Bring plenty of water. I didn’t and I regretted it. This hike is about 8.5 miles and not 7 miles. Took me well over 5 hours. Get here early and just enjoy the hike. You’ll get an amazing workout and just keep pushing!! A lot of up hill and a lot of downhill. If you are doing this true 8 mile hike to toll house and back, leave the kids and inexperienced at home. Its very open and not closed as the description suggested

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Ken Hehir
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Wonderful hike, and as nearly every review says, the first part is tough...but the finish is worth it. 1 suggestion would be to go early. I started at 9AM and it was not crowded but by the time I was heading back the trail was packed, especially in the steep part, making it slower going.

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Lisa Giuliano
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Great!

Anthony’s nose was my first hike, and I found it to be quite challenging being a new hiker and not knowing what to expect it was full of very steep rock scramble’s, I found myself stopping many many times for a break. When you reach the top it is absolutely amazingly breathtakingly beautiful. I would suggest you bring a lot of water, take breaks when necessary and know that when you get to the top the reward is worth it!

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Mikey K
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Great weather, trails are marked well and I didn’t even need to use a map or the app, which made the hike stress free. Nice views all along the hike, would definitely do again.

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Alexia Arsenault
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Clarissa Darczuk
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It was definitely hard and very up and down but a great workout! Loved this hike! Took my 2 dogs and they went out and back with us! The views are amazing as well

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Xu Yang
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A great trail to spend half day. There are a few places from Toll House to Trail Head II where trails are not clearly marked. The lesson is to always check AllTrails even when there is a tiny fork of the trail. The view at Anthony's Nose is fantastic and is well worth the effort.

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Maya Warburg
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Beautiful view at the top! Definitely a little more on the crowded side, so just go in knowing that. Steepest at the beginning and then levels off for a beautiful overlook of the bridge!

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Flash Fury
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I had a great time... lots of scenic outlooks, many angles. It was longer than the 7.6 Miles it's supposed to be, more like high 9's from Route 9D to the Toll House and back.

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Andrew Keller
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First 15 minutes very steep. Was pretty crowded when we went. Had to park along the road where it says not to. Well marked. Nice view. Beautiful day. Great hike.

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