Hudson Highlands State Park, Cold Spring

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Hudson Highlands State Park is a non-contiguous state park in the U.S. state of New York, located on the east side of the Hudson River. The park runs from Peekskill in Westchester County, through Putnam County, to Beacon in Dutchess County, in the eastern section of the Hudson Highlands.The park's lands, heavily mined, logged and quarried in the past, were assembled over the mid-20th century from different purchases by the state, totaling 7669acre as of 2014. They range from riverside salt marshes to mountain summits, including the highest in the Highlands, the 1610ft south summit of Beacon Mountain. It is managed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) from offices at Fahnestock State Park to the east. Its parcels adjoin others owned by other public agencies and private preserves, some of which are managed by NYSOPRHP as well and are open to the public.Due to its proximity to New York City, panoramic views of the river and mountains, and easy access by both automobile and rail, it has become a very popular destination for day hikes. The park's best known trail makes a steep, rocky ascent up Breakneck Ridge. Other trails climb neighboring Bull Hill and follow the cliffs of Anthony's Nose. The Appalachian Trail (AT) also goes through the southeast corner of the park.
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  • We were expecting a challenging walk up gravely paths, so it was a surprise to find ourselves tackling some steep rocky hills! We didn’t have the right shoes on, the views were really great!  more »
  • We hiked up into the Hudson Highlands Park from the Breakneck Ridge trail, and then followed the white/blue trails into the park. We turned back on the yellow trail, hiking over Sugarloaf before retur...  more »
  • I read many reviews before embarking on the breakneck endeavor, many of which said that people who feared heights need not be afraid because it’s not too bad. It’s bad guys! Fire trucks and ambulances...  more »
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