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Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

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Update 5/16: The Breakneck Ridge trail will open this weekend. The following trails remain open Brook trail / Washburn / Bull Hill / Cornish / Mt Beacon / Wilkinson

Address
3011 Route 9D
Cold Spring, NY 10516
Latitude 41.441181
Longitude -73.975471

A mostly undeveloped preserve of over 8,000, 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 most trailheads and the Hudson Highlands office. They are also available digitally on Avenza PDF Maps. 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, private kayaks and canoes may not land on the island. 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 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!

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

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

Hours of Operation

  • Hunting: Deer hunting (bow and shotgun) and spring turkey hunting (bow and shotgun) 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 - 12/18/2018 – 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. 11/17 – 12/9/2018. May enter woods at ½ hour before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset. Permit is required – limited to first 200 hunters.
  • Crossbow 1/13 - 12/19/2019
  • Muzzleloadong: 12/10 - 12/19/2018. May enter the woods ½ hours before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset.

Small Game:

  • Spring Turkey – shotgun or bow, (no weekends or holidays). No youth hunt. 5/1 - 5/24/19. May enter woods ½ hour before sunrise until noon. Permit is required – limited to first 200 hunters.

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


Maps:

Hudson Highlands Hunting Map North

Hudson Highlands Hunting Map South

Fri 31 May
Bannerman Island Evening Tour and Film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Friday, May 31, 2019
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 265-3175

Bannerman Castle Trust Inc. presents their first Film Night of the Season on Bannerman Island! Please visit bannermancastle.org for tickets.
Registration: Required
Sat 01 Jun
Bannerman Island Plein Air Paint - Out!
Saturday, June 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 265-3175

The Bannerman Castle Trust’s presents the Bannerman Island Plein Air Paint - Out! Artists Paint on Bannerman Island from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Visitors to Bannerman Island on June 1st are welcome to observe the artists!
Fri 07 Jun
Swank Pictures presents Bannerman Island Movie Nights
Friday, June 7, 2019 until Saturday, June 8, 2019
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 265-3175

Saturday and Sunday, June 7th and 8th

Classic Hitchcock Film "Psycho" will be shown both nights. Please see bannermancastle.org for tickets.

Registration: Required
Sat 08 Jun
Unveiling the Mystery Exhibition at Bannerman Island
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 265-3175

Saturday, June 8th – “Unveiling the Mystery Exhibition” at the Bannerman Island Gallery, located at 150 Main Street in Beacon, NY. This is a Fine Art Exhibition featuring paintings, pastels and watercolors of Bannerman Island and Castle. A "FREE" Opening Reception for the artists and public - will be held in the gallery on June 8th from 4:00 -7:00pm. Paintings remain on view from June 8 – August 4, 2019 - all paintings for sale!
Sat 15 Jun
Eleanor Owen Seeland Tour and Lecture at Bannerman Island
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 265-3175

Eleanor shares stories about growing up on Bannerman Island when she was a young girl! Book signing with authors of "My name is Eleanor", Barbara and Wes Gotlock - also taking place the same afternoon! Please see bannermancastle.org for tour tickets.
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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