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Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

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Address
Route 9D
Beacon, NY 12508
Latitude 41.441181
Longitude -73.975471

A mostly undeveloped preserve of nearly 6,000 acres, Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve 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 ¾ mile stretch. Please note that camping and use of fire are prohibited throughout the park.

Reminder for Hikers:
We strongly recommend following proper hiking safety guidelines and having knowledge of the conditions you will be facing before your planned hike. For best practice, please stay on marked trails, wear proper hiking gear (such as hiking boots or sturdy shoes), bring water with you, carry a trail map and make sure to leave enough time for you to complete your hike. In case of an emergency, NYS Park Police can be reached at (845) 889-8866.

For additional information on hiking tips and safety, visit the website for the NY-NJ Trail Conference: http://www.nynjtc.org/content/know-you-go

 

For visitors who wish to view the scenic park from the water, kayaks and canoes are available for rental at Hudson River Expeditions.

One area of Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, 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.

Watch the newly released Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park and Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve video, produced for Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands by Anthony Sherin and narrated by Jane Alexander.

Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near the park!

  • Appalachian Trail - A portion of the AT runs through the Hudson Highlands.
  • Starting June 28, 2015 and continuing through Summer 2017, view the Constellation art project over Bannerman's Castle on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River! Each night for two hours after sunset, starry lights will appear one by one with the stars of the night sky creating a new constellation connecting past and present. Constellation can be viewed from the park at a viewing area near the Breakneck Ridge Metro-North stop, along Rt. 9D between Beacon and Cold Spring. Go to http://melissamcgillconstellation.com/visit/ to find more ways to experience Constellation!

Dogs are permitted on trails, on a leash of not more than 10 feet.

Mailing Address
1498 Route 301 (Fahnestock State Park)Carmel, NY 10512

Hours of Operation

  • Hunting: Deer hunting (bow only) and spring turkey hunting (shotgun only) is permitted in season.
    A New York State Hunting License as well as a Park Permit is required.
    Please call the Park Office for more details.
  • Park is open daily, sunrise to sunset.

Key BCA Criteria:

- Migratory concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

- Species at risk site

The Hudson Highlands BCA is located within Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve which consists of a series of separate parcels along a 16 mile stretch of the east shore of the Hudson River extending from southern Dutchess County to northern Westchester County. The park extends eastward from the river up to 4 miles. In 2007, approximately 270 acres within Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve were designated as the Constitution Marsh BCA. The park is largely undeveloped, and offers numerous recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, and kayaking along the Hudson River. The Hudson Highlands BCA is within Audubon New York's Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands Important Bird Area.

During spring and fall migration, songbirds can be found in abundance along the forested banks of the Hudson River. Of 75 Neo-tropical migratory songbird species that breed in New York, 55 have been observed within the BCA. Cerulean Warblers (Special Concern) and Peregrine Falcons (Endangered) breed within the park, and substantial numbers of Bald Eagles (Threatened) congregate along the Hudson during the winter.

Download a copy of the BCA map.

Big Game:

  • Archery only. 10/1 - 12/22/2015 – May enter woods ½ hour before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset. Permit required – unlimited.

  • Gun season: Shotgun only. Map available at park office. 11/21 – 12/13/2015. May enter woods at ½ hour before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset. Permit is required – limited to first 200 hunters.
  • Crossbow 11/7 - 11/20/2015
  • Muzzleloadong: 12/14 - 12/22/2015. May enter the woods ½ hours before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset.

Small Game:

  • Spring Turkey – shotgun only, (no weekends or holidays). No youth hunt. May 1-May 27, 2016. May enter woods ½ hour before sunrise until noon. Permit is required – limited to first 200 hunters.

All permits are available exactly 1 month prior to opening day for their respective season.


Maps:

Hudson Highlands Hunting Map

Osborne Preserve Area Hunting Map

Sun 14 Aug
"The Dork Knight" - Performance on Bannerman Island
Sunday, August 14, 2016 03:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents this performance on Bannerman Island. $65. Boat leaves from Beacon Institute Dock, near the Beacon Train Station. Visit www.bannermancastle.org for full details & registration.

A look into one man's obsession with movies about another man's obsession with dressing up like a rodent and punching people, The Dork Knight traces the ups and downs of actor Jason O'Connell's personal and professional life as seen through the prism of his love/hate relationship with the Batman movies, demonstrating how one's "inner-geek" can guide and inspire in good times and bad!

This event includes: a 30-minute boat ride over to Bannerman Island aboard the Estuary Steward during which you will learn all about the island and its history; a self-guided tour of the island in which you will visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins; a live performance of a comedy with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

The Bannerman Island Performer's Concert Series. There are Four Outstanding Shows in 2016. Buy all Four Shows and get $5.00 off each ticket! Call (845) 834-4200 and mention the "subscription" for this deal.

Registration: Required
Sun 21 Aug
Third Sunday Music/Performers Tour at Bannerman Island
Sunday, August 21, 2016 11:00 AM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

On the third Sunday of every month, The Bannerman Castle Trust presents a musical or theatrical performance as part of a special self-guided tour of the island. Along with hearing a wonderful performance, an optional 15 minute history tour or a 15 minute hike to the summit are also offered. This is a great tour for photographers. It is also ideal for families with small children. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our Third Sunday Music/Performers Tours. Acts for these tours will be announced. Third Sunday Tour Dates: May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16. $35/person. For tickets and more info, visit www.bannermancastle.org. Boat departs Newburgh Landing at 11am and departs Beacon Institute dock at 12:30pm.
Registration: Required
Sat 17 Sep
"Camelot" Performance on Bannerman Island
Saturday, September 17, 2016 03:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 834-4200

JUST OFF BROADWAY will present this performance with the ruins of Bannerman Castle as a backdrop. $65. Boat ride to island departs from Beacon Institute Dock, located near Beacon Train Station. Full details & registration at www.bannermancastle.org. Another performance will be on Sept. 18th.

This event includes: A 30-minute boat ride over to Bannerman Island aboard the Estuary Steward during which you will learn all about the island and its history; A self-guided tour of the island in which you will visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins; A live concert performance of Camelot by JUST OFF BROADWAY.

The Bannerman Island Performer's Concert Series will have Four Outstanding Shows in 2016. Buy all Four Shows and get $5.00 off each ticket! Call (845) 834-4200 and mention the "subscription" for this deal.

Registration: Required
Sun 18 Sep
Third Sunday Music/Performers Tour at Bannerman Island
Sunday, September 18, 2016 11:00 AM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

On the third Sunday of every month, The Bannerman Castle Trust presents a musical or theatrical performance as part of a special self-guided tour of the island. Along with hearing a wonderful performance, an optional 15 minute history tour or a 15 minute hike to the summit are also offered. This is a great tour for photographers. It is also ideal for families with small children. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our Third Sunday Music/Performers Tours. Acts for these tours will be announced. Third Sunday Tour Dates: May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16. $35/person. For tickets and more info, visit www.bannermancastle.org. Boat departs Newburgh Landing at 11am and departs Beacon Institute dock at 12:30pm.
Registration: Required
Sun 18 Sep
"Camelot" Performance on Bannerman Island
Sunday, September 18, 2016 03:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 834-4200

JUST OFF BROADWAY will present this performance with the ruins of Bannerman Castle as a backdrop. $65. Boat ride to island departs from Beacon Institute Dock, located near Beacon Train Station. Full details & registration at www.bannermancastle.org. Another performance will be on Sept. 17th.

This event includes: A 30-minute boat ride over to Bannerman Island aboard the Estuary Steward during which you will learn all about the island and its history; A self-guided tour of the island in which you will visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins; A live concert performance of Camelot by JUST OFF BROADWAY.

The Bannerman Island Performer's Concert Series will have Four Outstanding Shows in 2016. Buy all Four Shows and get $5.00 off each ticket! Call (845) 834-4200 and mention the "subscription" for this deal.

Registration: Required

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Did You Know? Trails.com lists Breakneck Ridge as the #1 trail in North America! See Resources and Links tab.

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