Olana State Historic Site Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hudson, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.9 miles
91 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


cross country skiing


nature trips


trail running





wild flowers


29 days ago

I did this trail with my wife and my 14 month old son. I was able to carry my son in an Osprey Poco AG Premium carrier without much difficulty. There were a few pretty sights. Overall, a decent hike. There was a lot of construction going on, but nothing that will get in your way.

2 months ago

I rate this 5 stars because it is a very peaceful, challenging walk, or run. It's not a hike in the sense that these are all old carriage paths, so footing is easy. It is very hilly however. Also, forget the trailhead and enter at the main entrance to the castle. Go up the road about a quarter mile, just past the lake their is a red carriage barn on the right, turn right and park in that lower lot. The description on alltrail says it's a .9 mile trail, but there is actually a total of 5.6 miles of trails. There are no DEC type trail signs, however all of the trails are out-and-backs or loop around. It's impossible to get lost. Some of these trails are challenging if you are not used to hiking. For flat trails stay around the lake near where you park. That's a short loop. Dogs are allowed, but must remain on a leash. If you want to enjoy the view you'll have to go up to the castle.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Very beautiful!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Easy with beautiful views.
This is a great place to go for an easy leisurely walk.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

All very mellow trails with some great views of the Catskills and the Rip Van Winkle bridge. A great chill hike post-Olana museum or if you're just looking to stretch your legs and live nearby.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The trails are actually available for hiking in the winter as well. They are short, but nice. Winter may actually be a better time to go because the leaves on the treas would block the views. Unfortunately the tour of the house only covers the first floor.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

If you drive up to the top past the castle there's a parking lot. Park and go down to the right on a short simple trail. Many beautiful views of the Hudson River. Great place for a picnic and doing some water color painting

Friday, July 18, 2014

There are some really nice views of the Hudson River (mainly Catskills, NY) from the main deck of the Olana building. The Indian architecture is very intriguing and the colors look twice as radiant during a sunset. I also really enjoyed the small garden on the side. The trail is a pleasant walk that goes from the main buildings, past the garden leading into the woods by a pond area (looping back to the parking lot).
Con(s): I didn't like the extra fees leading p to the Olana site (there is only one possible bridge that visitors have to drive from and there is a fee for that, including the extra parking fee, and the additional Main floor or supplement floor tickets. A bit necessary (there are other beautiful historic areas around the Hudson counties that are free). So I suggest going past 5 and only paying for the bridge.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I noticed this "trail" only 4 miles away from home and decided to check it out. Only one problem. The directions to the trail head was over a mile away from Olana. Not to mention it was ALL residential and no trail in sight. The residents even said that there was no trails anywhere nearby. Inside Olana there was a few trails. The only one that even came close to this description was the pond side trail. This trail listing really needs to be revamped to have an honest trail head and trail log. It is a beautiful area and I really hope that this listing gets fixed to what it should be.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Beautiful historic site! Great fun for all ages. The house is amazing from the outside, and I can't wait to tour the inside! Trails are well maintained and views are outstanding. We've gone in late January 2012 & April 2012. Fall would be beautiful. Check for ticks!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

bring back the paw paw!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I couldn't find this trail. So instead I hiked at Olana St Historic Park, home of famous Hudson River artist Frederic Church and his beautiful moorish castle style home with the panoramic view of the Hudson. I hiked around the lake which has a trail on one side. - Brad

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