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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

Tue 04 Jul
4th of July Picnic Bash on Bannerman Island
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 12:30 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Highlights of the 4th of July Picnic Bash include: A boat road to Bannerman Island on The Estuary Steward; A full picnic feast with many options; The chance to pick the brains of Bannerman Castle Trust historians; Optional guided tour of Bannerman Island.

$75 ticket includes boat ride to island. Reserve at www.bannermancastle.org.

Registration: Required
Tue 04 Jul
4th of July Bannerman Island Tour & Fireworks Cruise
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 07:00 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Enjoy a tour of Bannerman Island, part of Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, followed by a cruise on the Hudson River to enjoy Independence Day Fireworks. Boat departs Beacon at 7pm and the whole experience lasts about 2.5 hours. $40/person. Visit www.bannermancastle.org to reserve tickets.
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Jul
Romeo & Juliet Performance on Bannerman Island
Saturday, July 15, 2017 until Sunday, July 16, 2017 03:15 PM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Shakespeare's tragic tale of two young lovers, presented by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Embroiled in a feud ignited by their own families, Romeo and Juliet find their world at odds between an unwavering devotion to each other and the pressure from others to pull them apart. Performed in the gardens on Bannerman Island.

Performances take place July 15 & 16. $65/person. Ticket includes boat ride at either 3:15 or 4:15. Reservations at www.bannermancastle.org.
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Jul
3rd Sunday Music Tour on Bannerman Island: Maura McCabe
Sunday, July 16, 2017 11:00 AM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
(845) 225-7207

Enjoy a self-guided tour of Bannerman Island, along with a performance by singer Maura McCabe. Boats to island leave from Newburgh at 11am and from Beacon at 12:30pm. $35. Visit www.bannermancastle.org for tickets.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jul
My Name is Eleanor - Tour & Book Signing on Bannerman Island
Saturday, July 29, 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

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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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