Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

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

Sat 26 Aug
My Name is Eleanor - Tour & Book Signing on Bannerman Island
Saturday, August 26, 2017 02:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Eleanor Owen Seeland grew up on Bannerman Island. Includes: Story telling by Eleanor and book signing with authors Wes and Barbara Gottlock and tour of island. This program is being offered June 10, July 29, August 26 & September 23. $35/person, includes boat ride to the island. Visit www.bannermancastle.org to reserve tickets.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Sep
Jonathan Kruk Performance on Bannerman Island
Saturday, September 2, 2017 02:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will present "Spirits Over Bannerman's." Tales of Natives, Pirates and Patriots. $40/person includes boat ride to the island. Reservations at www.bannermancastle.org

Registration: Required
Mon 04 Sep
Labor Day Cruise & Bannerman Island Tour
Monday, September 4, 2017 12:30 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Board the Estuary Steward for a boat ride to Bannerman Island, part of Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve. Learn about the rich history of the castle and the island. Boat departs at 12:30pm and whole experience lasts about 2.5 hours. Reserve tickets at www.bannermancastle.org.
Registration: Required
Fri 08 Sep
Classic Horror Film Showing on Bannerman Island
Friday, September 8, 2017 06:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Join hosts Len Werner, President of Bannerman Castle Trust, and Mike Burdge, from Story Screen, as we take a boat out to the mysterious Bannerman Island to watch the 1931 Universal horror classic, Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. Boat to island departs from Beacon Institute dock at 6pm. $35/person, includes cruise to the island and bonus legend tour. Film is complimentary. Donations are welcome. Popcorn and candy available. All visitors must bring a flashlight. Reserve tickets at www.bannermancastle.org.
Registration: Required
Sat 09 Sep
Bannerman Island Chefs Farm Fresh Dinner
Saturday, September 9, 2017 03:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

This is a fundraiser for The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. to preserve Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island. 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 it's history. A self-guided tour of the island in which you will visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins. A live music performance by The Kings Highlander Bag Pipe Band. Please note: due to safety issues, you do not go inside the structures. There are limited seats for the dinner, so please book in advance.

Tickets are: $135 for General Admission and $125 for paid BCT Members. BCT members should click on the "Contact Bannerman" link on the left side of the page to receive promo code. Reserve at www.bannermancastle.org. Boats leave at 3:00 and 4:15.

Registration: Required

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Must See! Through Summer 2017, view the Constellation art project over Bannerman's Castle on Pollepel Island!

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