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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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  • My husband and I have came here several times as a day trip from NYC. We usually get off the MetroNorth train at Cold Spring. From there it's a good 20+ minute walk to the outskirts of town where you ...  more »
  • A mostly undeveloped preserve of nearly 6,000 acres, the park consists of a series of separate parcels of land stretching from Annsville Creek in Peekskill, north to Dennings Point in Beacon. This is ...  more »
  • Hudson Highlands State Park is just an hour or so out of NYC but is a completely different world. The park is very spread out along the Hudson -we hiked in the section around a Cold Spring. The trail ...  more »