Places to Hike

I have done a lot of hiking throughout Dutchess County.  There are many places to go and even more wildlife to see, and I have listed some of the places below.

This page is a work in progress, so please be patient while I work towards completing this section.  My goal is to make an easy-to-use reference guide for everyone to plan a local hike in advance from one place.

Clicking on the name of the hiking place will bring up all the posts I have written related to the area.  I have also provided directions and trail maps (when available).  Enjoy!

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Bowdoin Park – On Sheafe Road in Poughkeepsie is a beautiful park with pavilions, fields for a variety of sports, a playground for kids, and several miles of hiking trails near the Hudson River.  Add in two wetland areas with boardwalks to observe turtles, frogs and more, and you will see that there is plenty for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Directions | Trail Map
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Buttercup Farm Sanctuary – Located in Stanford, this hiking spot features several types of habitats, including wetlands, fields, and wooded areas.  There is around six miles of easy to moderate trails.  A good pair of boots and bug spray is recommended.

Directions (West Lot) | Directions (East Lot) | Trail Map
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Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies – Located in Millbrook, there are several public trails to hike.  Kiosks contain many different educational guides on plants and wildlife to learn about everything to area has to offer.  Other points of interest include Fern Glen and the Bacon Flats.

Directions (Main) | Directions (Gifford House)Trail Map
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Denning’s Point – This 1.2 mile trail loop can be found in Beacon.  The trail features views of the Hudson River and Bannerman’s Castle, as well as access to the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries.

Directions | Trail Map
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site – Part of the Hyde Park Healthy Trail system and one of the popular historic sites in the area.  While the site is clearly known for the mansion, there is also a few miles of hiking trails.  The trails do have some steep hills.

Directions | Trail Map
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Greig Farm – Located in Red Hook, this farm has been open to the public for more than 60 years.  While it is a great place to pick fresh fruit and vegetables, it is also a nice place to hike around.  Gigi Market is also nearby.

Directions | Trail Map
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Hopeland Park – In Staatsburg near the Odgen Mills Mansion Historic Site is a relatively small park featuring multiple habitats, including wooded areas, an open field, shrubby areas and a pond.  Mostly level trails makes this hike accessible for many to enjoy.

Directions | Trail Map
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Innisfree Garden – A beautiful public garden located in Pleasant Valley.  This Chinese landscape inspired garden has plenty of interesting things to discover, such as retaining walls, waterfalls, sculptures, and more.  Add the wildlife element to it, and there is enough to explore to last a person all day!

Directions | Trail Map
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Klara Sauer Trail – This one-mile trail (one way) in Beacon runs along the Hudson River between Denning’s Point and Long Dock Park.  It provides great views of the Newburgh waterfront.  In the proper seasons, this has been a great spot to find migrating sandpipers, herons and bald eagles as well.

Directions (Denning’s Lot) | Directions (Beacon Station) | Trail Map
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Mount Beacon – The highest point of the Hudson Highlands in Beacon, New York.  This short but strenuous hike gives you a breathtaking look of the surrounding area.  Explore the remains of the incline railway or hike to the fire tower.

Directions | Trail Map
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Ogden Mills Mansion Historic Site – Located in Staatsburg on Old Post Road, this scenic mansion site also has beautiful views of the Hudson River and the Esopus Lighthouse.  Two moderately difficult hiking trails connect into Norrie Point State Park.

Directions | Trail Map
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Peach Hill Park – In the town of Poughkeepsie is a beautiful orchard called Peach Hill Park.  Featuring walking trails, beautiful scenery, a ton of different bird spceies, and the highest point in the town, there is something for everyone here.

Directions | Trail Map
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Poets’ Walk Park – Two miles of walking / hiking trails in Red Hook.  This Scenic Hudson park features both gravel and dirt trails through meadows and woodlands.  There are also plenty of places to rest and relax to soak in the surrounding scenery, such as a pavilion and many benches.

Directions | Trail Map
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Quiet Cove Riverfront Park – Off of Rt.9 in Poughkeepsie is a small little riverside park which offers grills, picnic tables, fishing and some walking trails.  Come to enjoy the scenery and watch for migrating waterfowl or just hang out to grill with friends and family!

Directions | Trail Map
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Reese Sanctuary – This 98 acre nature park in Wappingers Falls features a trail which runs along the Wappinger Creek.  Besides being a great spot for bird watching, there is also a pre-civil war cemetery located in the southwestern section of the park.

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Roosevelt Farm Lane - Part of the Hyde Park Healthy Trails system, the Roosevelt Farm Lane Trail runs between Rt.9 by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mansion and Rt. 9G across from the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site.

Directions (Rt.9 Parking) | Directions (Rt.9G Parking) | Trail Map
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Vanderbilt Mansion Historic Site – Located in Hyde Park in Rt.9.  The site offers great views of the Hudson River, the mansion, beautiful gardens and a few miles of hiking trails.  There is also a small waterfall on one end of the property near the Crum Elbow Creek, plus Bard Rock on the other end.

Directions | Trail Map
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Vassar Farm & Ecological PreserveNext to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, there is a great place to hike with a variety of habitats and wildlife.  With over 100 personal bird sightings, plus turtles, snakes, butterflies, and more, this place is a great one to get started with wildlife observation and enjoy the outdoors.

Directions | Trail Map
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Walkway Over the Hudson – Between Poughkeepsie and Highland is the 1.28 mile long railroad bridge which was transformed into a pedestrian bridge in late 2009.  The bridge offers unmatched views over the Hudson River.

Directions (Parker Avenue Lot) | Trail Map
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Wilderstein Historic Site – This historic house can be found in Rhinebeck.  On top of tours held between May and October, there are trails that can be walked which offer some views of the Hudson River, Suckley Cove and the Esopus Lighthouse.

Directions (Main Lot) | Directions (Hiking Lot) | Trail Map
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Winakee Nature Preserve – Located in Hyde Park right off of Rt.9 behind Pete’s Famous Restaurant.  This 1.3 mile round trip woodland loop is a relatively easy and enjoyable hike with some rolling hills.  For bird watchers, I have personally had some good luck with woodpeckers and owls here.

Directions (Lot Behind Pete’s Famous) | Directions (Terwilliger Rd Lot) | Trail Map
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4 Responses to Places to Hike

  1. Shelley Gum says:

    Great work Derrick. I for one look forward to any new additions to your site, and as always enjoy the individual reports of your excursions. Thanks. Shelley

  2. Peter Gum says:

    Terrific! Let me add my encouragement. I, too, look forward to additions. -Pete

  3. Jeff Nicol says:

    This list you are putting together will be of good use to me, as I have already visited 2 new locations for me in the last week just from your blog reports. Went to Vassar Farm and Peach Hill Park.

  4. Joy says:

    What a terrifc service you are providing — My husband and I will be camping in Mills-Norrie campground shortly and would love to hike the Norrie Point trail (is it blue or white??) to the mansion, tour the mansion and hike the return—where is the trailhead from Mills-Norrie and where can I get a trail map Also interested in the Hopeland Loop trail Thanks SO much for your assistance Joy

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