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 All Beacon Listings

 Beacon Parks | Local and State

10512, Park, undeveloped preserve, Hudson Highlands, outdoor activities, fishing, boating, hiking, birding, scenic park, kayaks, canoes, Rentals, launch, Things to Do, Boat Rentals, Hiking Trails, Historic Places, Hunting | Dutchess Hudson Highlands State Park

845-225-7207 
  Hudson Highlands State Park, 6,000-acres in size, is located on Route 9D Beacon NY 10512, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. A mostly undeveloped preserve, Hudson Highlands State Park 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. Hudson Highlands State Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .

Long Dock Park, Beacon Point Park, launching boats, arts, activities, popular attractions, perfect place to fish, Things to Do at Long Dock Park, Biking Trails, Boat Launch, Fishing, Kayaking & Canoeing, Winter Activities, Cross county skiing | Dutchess Long Dock Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

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  Long Dock Park / Beacon Point Park
Beacon, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

From Scenic Hudson: "A critical 19th-century transportation link between New England and points west, Long Dock once contained a rail ferry terminal, warehouses and other buildings. More recently, it was home to an oil terminal, salt-storage facility and junkyard. All traces of its commercial and industrial past have been removed to create an exciting riverfront destination boasting a kayak pavilion and beach for launching boats, rehabilitated wetlands and meadows that attract wildlife, and the restored, historic Red Barn, now Scenic Hudson's River Center for arts and environmental-education activities. Long Dock Park   "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .

restaurants in Dutchess County, Things to Do,  Hudson River Valley, New York State, Park, Fishkill Creek, Beacon Shoreline Trail, Beacon train station, trails along the Fishkill Creek, scenic overlooks of Fishing Pier, Hiking / Walking Trails, Picnicking | Dutchess Madam Brett Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Madam Brett Park
Beacon, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

From Scenic Hudson: "Madam Brett Park hugs Fishkill Creek, which played a prominent role in Beacon's development. Along it stood a gristmill owned by the park's namesake — Catheryna Rombout Brett (1687-1764), the first European settler in the present-day city. The mill was an important gathering place for farmers and Native Americans inhabiting both shores of the Hudson River hereabouts. In the 1800s, the creek powered a profusion of hat factories (including the Tioronda Hat Works, located in the brick building adjacent to the park), which earned Beacon the nickname "New York's Hat-Making Capital. Madam Brett Park  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .

Birding, Hiking / Walking Trails, Nature Study, Picnicking, Scenic Views, hiking, walking, local farm in the Hudson Valley, restaurants in Dutchess, Hudson Highlands, Revolutionary War, Mount Beacon Park, City of Beacon, Town of Fishkill | Dutchess Mount Beacon "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Mount Beacon Park
Beacon, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

Mount Beacon Park was created on land preserved by Scenic Hudson in the City of Beacon and Town of Fishkill. Totaling 234 acres, the parcels were purchased in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Mount Beacon towers above Beacon and Fishkill at the northern gateway to the Hudson Highlands. Mount Beacon  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12508, Seeger Riverfront Park, Beacon NY, Riverfront Park, Beacon Sloop, Things to Do at Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, Picnicking, Playground, Sunsets, Views (magnificent) of Hudson River | Dutchess Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park

 
  Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park is located at 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon NY 12508 in Dutchess County.

From City of Beacon: ". . . Pete and Toshi were mainstays of the Beacon community for generations and were instrumental in many of the efforts to clean up the Hudson River and improve the community. One of those efforts was the conversion of the city's landfill on the Hudson into what is now the riverfront park. Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .

Beacon River Pool, spectacular views of the River, Things to Do at River Pool, Relax in this floating pool in the Hudson, Swimming, Views of the Hudson | Dutchess River Pool at Beacon

845-784-1790 
  River Pool at Beacon is located just off the north shore of Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park at 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY 12508. The park is only minutes away from Beacon’s train station and ferry dock as well as regional attractions such as DIA: Beacon and the Beacon Landing peninsula. The water quality at the River Pool site is one of the best in Dutchess County.

From River Pool: "Like its historic precedents, the Beacon River Pool is partially submerged in the water, allowing River water to flow through. From the shore of the park, a ramp leads to the pool. This prototype pool is 20 feet in diameter with a water depth between 24 and 30 inches. The pool bottom, a high strength net made of Dyneema twine, is held in place by a rigid structural perimeter tube. Floatation/seats line the perimeter of the pool - offering pool users spectacular views of the River. River Pool at Beacon | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Dutchess County Listings

 Dutchess County Parks | Local and State

Things to Do, Beach, Biking, Boat Launch, Boat Rentals, Campsites, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Camping, Hiking Trails, Walking Trails, Hunting, Ice Fishing, Nature Trails, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Winter activities, boating, swimming, beautiful beach | Dutchess Clarence Fahnestock State Park, Dutchess County

845-225-7207 
  Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park offers an excellent range of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. This 14,086-acre park boasts hiking trails, picnic areas, scenic campgrounds, and abundant opportunities for boating, hunting, fishing, birding and many more activities for kids of all ages.

Click to enlarge picture of "Fishing and Boating at Fahnestock State Park".

Clarence Fahnestock State Park Clarence Fahnestock State Park, Dutchess County | Dutchess  website and more . . .

Hudson Highlands, Hudson River is an estuary, things to do in the Hudson Highlands, outdoor activities, fishing, boating, hiking, hike, Hikes, Things to Do, Birding, Bird Watching, Boat Rentals, Boating, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Historic Places | Dutchess Hudson Highlands

845-225-7207 
  Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands.

Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands The sign reads:
"For much of its 315-mile course, the Hudson River flows straight and broad. But at the Highlands, the Appalachian mountain chain intersects the river to create a fifteen mile stretch of rugged, mountainous landscape. This area contains the river's narrowest and deepest points, as well as its fastest currents. The Hudson River is an estuary, a mixture of salt and freshwater, and the saltwater line extends just north of Beacon. The River is tidal all the way up to the Troy Dam above Albany." Hudson Highlands | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Fishkill Listings

 Fishkill Parks | Local and State

rare species, views of the Hudson Highlands, wilderness, spot turkey vultures, bald eagles and falcons, Things to Do at Fishkill Ridge, Bird Watching, Challenging hiking trails, experienced hikers, Picnicking, Scenic views, birding, hiking, nature study | Dutchess Fishkill Ridge "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Fishkill Ridge
Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

At the northern gateway to the fabled Hudson Highlands, this rugged 1900-acre park is home to eagles, falcons and numerous rare species. Magnificent views of the Hudson Highlands — and even Manhattan's skyline — provide ample compensation for the rigors of hiking through this rugged terrain. Fishkill Ridge  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Millerton Village Listings

 Millerton Village Parks | Local and State

12546, Millerton, NY, deer hunting, turkey hunting, Rudd Pond Area, Things to Do at Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area, Beach, Biking, Boating, Boat Launch, Boat rentals, Campsites, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Winter Activities, Ice Fishing, Ice Skating | Dutchess Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area

518-789-3059 
  Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area is located at 59 Rudd Pond Road, Millerton, NY 12546 in Dutchess County in the northern Hudson Valley. The park is located along 16 miles of the Taconic Mountain Range. Two developed areas, Copake Falls and Rudd Pond, offer an extensive hiking trail system with terrain that varies from easy to challenging, offering spectacular views. Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Town of Pawling Listings

 Town of Pawling Parks | Local and State

12564, Pawling, NY, picnic and nature walk, hot summer days, swim in the lake, picnic tables, shelters and pavilions, activities, Things to Do at Lakeside Park, Biking, Boat rentals, Family outing, Hiking, Playground, Swimming | Dutchess Lakeside Park

845-855-1131 
  Lakeside Park, a 280-acre park, is located at 2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling, NY 12564 in Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

This 290-acre park in Pawling is made for an all-day family outing. Enjoy a picnic and nature walk, and on hot summer days enjoy boating or a swim in the lake. Lakeside Park has picnic tables, shelters and pavilions where you can picnic, followed by one or more of the many activities available at the park such as kayaking on the lake, biking, hiking, and in winter, cross-country skiing. Lakeside Park | Dutchess  more . . .
 All Pleasant Valley Listings

 Pleasant Valley Parks | Local and State

12569, State Park, Pleasant Valley, NY, golf course, picnic areas, sports complex, James Baird Golf Course, Things to Do, Basketball, Hiking, Picnic, Playground, Nature Center, Softball, Tennis, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing | Dutchess James Baird State Park

845-452-1489 
  James Baird State Park, a 590-acre park, is located at 14 Maintenance Lane, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 in Dutchess County. The park is situated on farmland once owned by James Baird, a contractor and engineer whose firm constructed the Lincoln Memorial. In 1939 James Baird donated the 590 acres of land to New York State under the stipulation that it be known as James Baird State Park. James Baird State Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Poughkeepsie Listings

 Poughkeepsie Parks | Local and State

12601, Park, banks of the Hudson River, Quiet Cove, picnic tables, grills, fishing, walking trails, scenic overlooks, views of the Hudson River, Things to Do at Quiet Cove Riverfront Park, Boat launch for canoes and kayaks, Fishing | Dutchess Quiet Cove Riverfront Park

845-298-4600 
  Quiet Cove Riverfront Park, a 27-acre park (with 5 plus acres to the West of the rail line) on the banks of the Hudson River, is located at Clear Water Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 in Dutchess County. Quiet Cove offers picnic tables, grills, fishing, walking trails and scenic overlooks on the upper section of the park and breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Quiet Cove Riverfront Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12601State Historic Park, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, nationwide railway network, new state park, Hudson River, history, maps, activities, Poughkeepsie NY Dutchess County, Highland NY Ulster County | Dutchess Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park - Dutchess

845-834-2867 
  "On October 3, 2009 Governor David A. Paterson opened the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park as a legacy project of the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial. The park provides access to the Hudson River's breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river's surface and is 6,678 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world." Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park - Dutchess | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Town of Red Hook Listings

 Town of Red Hook Parks | Local and State

Things to Do, National Historic Landmark District, Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, Catskill Mountains, Attractions, Birding, Walking Trails, Nature Study, Picnicking, Scenic Views, hiking, picnic, local farms Hudson Valley, restaurants in Dutchess New York | Dutchess Poets' Walk Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Poets' Walk
Red Hook, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

From Scenic Hudson: "The rolling fields and quiet woodlands have inspired generations of writers and artists. This 120-acre park is nestled in the region's famous National Historic Landmark District and offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River, Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and Catskill Mountains. A visit to this property by Washington Irving is said to have inspired his classic story "Rip Van Winkle". Poets' Walk Park  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Rhinebeck Listings

 Rhinebeck Parks | Local and State

restaurants in Rhinebeck, winter activities, sledding, cross-country skiing, Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill and Taconic mountains, Stissing Mountain, bird-watching, park, Things to Do, Birding, Cross-County Skiing, Hiking, Picnicking | Dutchess Burger Hill "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Burger Hill Park
Rhinebeck, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

Burger Hill's seventy-six-acres of open meadows and rural, scenic beauty are perfect for bird-watching. The park is protected by a Scenic Hudson conservation easement and is owned by Winnakee Land Trust. Burger Hill  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Staatsburg Listings

 Staatsburg Parks | Local and State

12580, State Park, marina, camping sites, hiking trails, Ogden Mills, Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park, camping, boat launch ramp, activities and attractions, Things to Do, Biking, Boat Launches, Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking | Dutchess Mills Norrie State Park (Margaret Lewis Norrie)

845-889-4646 
  Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park is located at Staatsburg NY 12580, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley. Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park adjoins Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park and together, comprise more than 1,000-acres. Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park offers a full menu of exhilarating recreational opportunities and activities for visitors of all ages. Mills Norrie State Park (Margaret Lewis Norrie) | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12580, Staatsburg NY, Mills Memorial State Park, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Dinsmore Public Golf Course, best hiking in the hudson valley, walking, jogging, hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, views of the Hudson River, History | Dutchess Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park

845-889-4646 
  Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park is located at Old Post Road, Staatsburg NY 12580 in Dutchess County. The Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills State Park adjoins Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park and together, comprise more than one thousand acres. Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Stanfordville Listings

 Stanfordville Parks | Local and State

12581, Milan NY, northern Dutchess County, Things to Do at Wilcox Park, Birdwatching, Birthday parties, 
Boating, Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking, Mini Golf, Pavilions, Picnicking, Playgrounds, Swimming, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing | Dutchess Wilcox Memorial Park

845-758-6100 
  Wilcox Memorial Park, a 615-acre park, is located at 1639 Route 199, Milan NY 12581 in northern Dutchess County. Wilcox was formerly the estate and farm of Mrs. Frederick P. Wilcox, its 18th century complex of farm buildings still stand today.

Wilcox Memorial Park has a 5 acre swimming lake that is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There is also a fishing lake, 27 site campgrounds, 2 new playgrounds, and a basketball court. There is an extensive hiking trail system throughout the 615 acre park. This park has 4 pavilions that can be reserved through the online reservation system. Pavilion C is currently the largest pavilion in Wilcox Park, complete with kitchen facilities and restrooms and a great view of the lake from its location at the top of the hill. Admission is charged to the public when the swimming lake is open. Wilcox Memorial Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Wappingers Falls Listings

 Wappingers Falls Parks | Local and State

12590, park on the banks of the Hudson River, scenic views, picnicking, and an award-winning handicapped-accessible playground, water spray park, Things to Do, Wheelchair Accessible, Children's Playground Area, water spray park, Educational Programs | Dutchess Bowdoin Park

845-298-4600 
  Bowdoin Park, a 301-acre park on the banks of the Hudson River, is located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 in Dutchess County.

The park offers scenic views, picnicking, and an award-winning handicapped-accessible playground area and water spray park. Also available for parties and events are five pavilions (4 handicapped-accessible), and a community room. Bowdoin Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .

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845-831-8780 
   

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Dutchess County

Verified (2015) up-to-date and comprehensive list of parks in Dutchess, New York. Dutchess offers some of the best parks for kids, the family, and all adults. If you enjoy fresh air, beautiful landscapes, and nature, visit a park in Dutchess. There is always something to do at the park, with many fun things to do with children and kids of all ages. Go to the park to relax and read under the shade of a tree. Visit the park to exercise. Take a walk in the park. Walking is one of the best exercises for your entire body; and every park has places to walk; most in beautiful settings surrounded by trees and nature. Whether you visit a small local park or a large state or county park; parks offer an opportunity to unwind, escape from your daily routines and breathe in fresh air.

Dutchess parks offer wonderful opportunities to exercise while enjoying outdoor fun year-round. Hundreds of miles of trails are available for walking, hiking, and biking, and in winter you can enjoy cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing. State parks often have trail maps available at the entrance to the park. Trails can be rugged footpaths and mountain trails, or paved greenway trails along county roads. Activities on Dutchess trails include walking, biking, hiking, cross-country-skiing, snowshoeing, and nature walks. In summer, you may want to find a park with boating, fishing, swimming, playing fields, and playgrounds for young children.

Find fun things to do with young children. Visit your local playground in Dutchess year-round. In cold weather be sure to bundle the kids and yourself up and stay warm. You may want to bring a thermos of hot milk for the kids and tea or coffee for adults. When the weather warms up, take the kids on a family outing to a county or state park, almost all have picnic tables and playgrounds for the children. Even smaller local parks often feature places to swim, places to hike, picnic tables, and playgrounds for the kids. Benches for moms and dads are always close by so you can relax while you watch the children in the playground. Find fun things to do with kids in winter, spring, summer, and fall at Park in Dutchess.

    In winter, enjoy snow shoeing, sledding, cross country skiing, building snowmen and gentle (soft snow) snowball fights with the children. Bring a thermos for the kids and one for adults filled with hot chocolate (buy a brand with less sugar) or warm milk for the kids and tea or coffee for adults.

    In spring, take the kids on a nature walk and point out the crocus and daffodils beginning to bud or the buds on the branches of trees, hear the birds singing happily as they embrace the beginning of spring in the air.

    In summer, visit parks offering swimming pools, beaches, boating (kayaking, canoeing) and more hot weather activities. Watch the kids splash in the water and learn how to swim in the parks offering places to learn to swim.

    In fall, see the leaves on trees turn gold, yellow, orange, red, and shades of plum. Pick-up the leaves from the ground and bring them home so that the children can mount them and save them in their book of fall colors in the park.
Enjoy your local or state park year-round. Parks offer kids things to do during all seasons of the year. Kids can play baseball, soccer, or catch in the playing fields. Young children can play in the playgrounds and open spaces where they can run around. Everyone can enjoy a picnic made of fresh local produce to be enjoyed among the trees.

    Bowdoin Park
    Bowdoin Park, a 301-acre park on the banks of the Hudson River, is located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. The park offers scenic views, picnicking, and an award-winning handicapped-accessible playground area and water spray park. Also available for parties and events are five pavilions (4 handicapped-accessible), and a community room.

    Burger Hill Park
    Burger Hill's seventy-six-acres of open meadows and rural, scenic beauty are perfect for bird-watching. The park is protected by a Scenic Hudson conservation easement and is owned by Winnakee Land Trust. "A half-mile trail leads uphill through open meadows abounding with birds to a 550-foot hilltop affording panoramic vistas stretching from the Berkshires to the Catskills. In winter Burger Hill is one of the region's prime sledding destinations. Scenic Hudson originally protected the parkland, now owned by the Winnakee Land Trust." by Scenic Hudson.

    Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park
    Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is one of the best parks for outdoor enthusiasts. This 14,086-acre park, covering land in Putnam and Dutchess counties, boasts hiking trails, picnic areas, scenic campground, and abundant opportunities for boating, hunting, fishing, and birding. On the hot days of summer, go swimming at the park's beautiful beach.

    Fishkill Ridge Preserve
    If you are a serious hiker looking for a wilderness setting, consider going to Fishkill Ridge. On the preserve's well-marked trails you can walk beside a stream to an impressive waterfall, scramble up rocks and step onto outcroppings affording some of the most breathtaking long-range vistas in the Hudson Highlands. For most of your trek you'll be so cocooned in nature that civilization and its stresses will fade from memory. Fishkill Ridge also afford opportunities for exploring the Hudson Valley's geological past. The rounded boulders and bare summits encountered on your hike were sculpted by glaciers that passed through the region 12,000 years ago, and extraordinary birdlife, especially its large raptors. There's a good chance you'll spot turkey vultures, bald eagles and falcons engaged in aerial reconnaissance throughout your overland excursion.

    Hudson Highlands State Park
    Hudson Highlands State Park, 6,000-acres in size, is located on Route 9D Beacon NY 10512. A mostly undeveloped preserve, Hudson Highlands State Park 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. Breakneck Ridge, a well know trail, 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.

    James Baird State Park
    James Baird State Park, a 590-acre park, is located at 14 Maintenance Lane, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569. The park has much to offer. There are spacious open and wooded picnic areas and two picnic pavilions which can accommodate up to 300 people each by reservation. There is also a sports complex where visitors enjoy playing basketball, softball, tennis and volleyball. Additionally there is a playground and a nature center. Open summer weekends, the nature center loans recreational equipment and offers nature programs. Outdoor enthusiasts will find the seven miles of scenic wooded trails ideal for hiking in the warm months and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the wintertime.

    Long Dock Park / Beacon Point Park
    Long Dock Park, aka Beacon Point Park, is an exciting riverfront destination offering a kayak pavilion and beach for launching boats, rehabilitated wetlands and meadows that attract wildlife, and the restored, historic Red Barn, now Scenic Hudson's River Center for arts and environmental-education activities. One of the most popular attractions at Long Dock's tip, is Beacon Point, a shoreline installation by renowned artist George Trakas. The work projects out over the river (at high tide, water actually flows through it) making this a perfect place to fish, sunbathe and admire magnificent vistas of Newburgh Bay and the Hudson Highlands.

    Madam Brett Park
    Madam Brett Park provides a perfect place to explore the ecology of a vital Hudson River tributary and the tidal wetland at its mouth. Fishkill Marsh supports a wide variety of wildlife. It furnishes a home for amphibians and aquatic mammals, including muskrats; serves as a hunting ground for ospreys, bald eagles and other raptors; and is a stopover for migratory birds. A boardwalk and observation platforms afford up-close discoveries of these and other creatures. A waterfall at the park's eastern end is especially impressive and raucous in spring or after heavy rains.

    Mills Norrie State Park
    Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park is located at Staatsburg NY 12580, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley. A serene wooded area with glimpses of the river provides an ideal location. The park's marina as well as its camping sites are extremely popular, as are the numerous hiking trails. Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park adjoins Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park and together, comprise more than 1,000-acres. Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park offers exhilarating recreational opportunities and activities for visitors of all ages. In addition to the park's ideal locations for camping, a marina consisting of slip space and a boat launch ramp is also a popular area within the park.

    Mount Beacon Park
    The trail up Mount Beacon is steep, but occasional switchbacks make the aerobic workout manageable. The hike actually begins on a staircase following the course of the Beacon Incline Railway, in the early 20th century the world's steepest funicular and one of the Hudson Valley's prime tourist attractions. Observation platforms atop the stairs preview the treat awaiting those who reach the summit, sublime vistas stretching from the Hudson Highlands to the Catskill Mountains. After a rest, you can explore the ruins of the incline railway's powerhouse or follow a short trail leading to a monument commemorating a signal fire built atop the mountain during the Revolutionary War. It was one of many beacons, spanning from the Highlands into New Jersey, intended to warn of British troop movements.

    Poets' Walk Park
    Quiet Cove Riverfront Park, a 27-acre park (with 5 plus acres to the West of the rail line) on the banks of the Hudson River, is located at Clear Water Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Quiet Cove offers picnic tables, grills, fishing, walking trails and scenic overlooks on the upper section of the park and breathtaking views of the Hudson River.

    Quiet Cove Riverfront Park
    Quiet Cove Riverfront Park, a 27-acre park (with 5 plus acres to the West of the rail line) on the banks of the Hudson River, is located at Clear Water Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Quiet Cove offers picnic tables, grills, fishing, walking trails and scenic overlooks on the upper section of the park and breathtaking views of the Hudson River.

    Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area
    Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area is located at 59 Rudd Pond Road, Millerton, NY 12546. The park is located along 16 miles of the Taconic Mountain Range. Two developed areas, Copake Falls and Rudd Pond, offer an extensive trail system with terrain that varies from easy to challenging, offering spectacular views.

    Rudd Pond has 15 tent sites and 26 tent platform sites, each providing campers with grand views of the ridge, pond, and nearby countryside. Enjoy boating on the scenic 64 acre pond. Visitors who possess regional boating permits are also welcome to launch their own rowboats, canoes, or kayaks. A variety of fish, including bass, sunfish and pickerel, inhabit the pond and fishing is permitted with a New York State Freshwater Fishing License. In the winter months, visitors can ice skate and fish on the pond, conditions permitting.

    Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
    Walkway Over the Hudson provides access to the Hudson River's breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river's surface and is 6,678 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park. Entrances to Walkway Over the Hudson Park are located in Poughkeepsie NY 12601 in Dutchess County, and in Highland NY, Ulster County.

    Wilcox Memorial Park
    Wilcox Memorial Park, a 615-acre park, is located at 1639 Route 199, Milan NY 12581 in northern Dutchess. Wilcox was formerly the estate and farm of Mrs. Frederick P. Wilcox, its 18th century complex of farm buildings still stand today. Wilcox Memorial Park offers a 5 acre swimming lake that is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Attractions also include a second lake for fishing, 27 site campgrounds, 2 new playgrounds, and a basketball court. There is an extensive hiking trail system throughout the 615 acre park. This park has 4 pavilions that can be reserved through the online reservation system. Pavilion C is currently the largest pavilion in Wilcox Park, complete with kitchen facilities and restrooms and a great view of the lake from its location at the top of the hill. Admission is charged to the public when the swimming lake is open.




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