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!
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.
New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.
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.
Archery only. 10/1 - 12/22/2015 – May enter woods ½ hour before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset. Permit required – unlimited.
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.
On June 10, enjoy wine, cheese, delectable wraps and salads catered by Loughran's Irish Pub (located in Salisbury Mills) as you cruise south to Bannerman Island for a guided tour of the island, part of Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve. After the tour, the Estuary Steward will cruise down the river past Cold Spring towards West Point. Boat departs from Beacon Institute dock. For Reservations, full details and prices, contact Zerve: (855) 256-4007 or book online at www.bannermancastle.org.
On the third Sunday of every month, The Bannerman Castle Trust presents a musical or theatrical performance as part of a special self-guided tour of the island. Along with hearing a wonderful performance, an optional 15 minute history tour or a 15 minute hike to the summit are also offered. This is a great tour for photographers. It is also ideal for families with small children. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our Third Sunday Music/Performers Tours. Acts for these tours will be announced. Third Sunday Tour Dates: May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16. $35/person. Tickets: Call Zerve (855) 256-4007 or book online at www.bannermancastle.org. Boat departs Newburgh Landing at 11am and departs Beacon Institute dock at 12:30pm.