Hudson Highlands State Park
|Description: Just a one-hour car ride north of New York City, this state park preserve consists
of a number of separate parcels, including the Audubon Center and Wildlife
Sanctuary at Constitution Marsh. The preserve’s several thousand acres are
spread across three counties, with terrain that varies from rocky uplands to tidal
wetlands on the east shore of the Hudson River. With more than 40 miles of
trails, it offers stunning views of the Hudson Highlands and the United States
Military Academy at West Point.|
At the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, more than
200 species of birds find foraging, nesting and resting habitat, as do scores of fish
and other vertebrate and invertebrate species. Cattails, swamp rose mallows, wild
rice and other marsh plants harbor a variety of wildlife in the summer and are
visited by numerous waterfowl during spring and fall migrations.
Wildlife to Watch: Numerous species of birds occupy the varied habitats of the park. Prairie warblers
and field sparrows can be heard singing in fields and brushy areas.
Woodland species include several warblers, ovenbirds, veerys and red-eyed
vireos. Worm-eating warblers can be found in the forests at lower altitudes.
In winter, bald eagles congregate around open water areas by the river. In
summer, turkey and black vultures may be seen soaring above the highlands,
while broad-winged hawks and other raptors are visible during spring and fall
migration, especially from locations like the summit of Anthony’s Nose.
Special Tips: Hudson Highlands: The park is open from sunrise to sunset, yearround.
There is a vehicle entrance fee. Hunting and fishing are
allowed in season.
Accessibility is limited; please call ahead.
Hudson Highlands: 845-225-7207, 1498 Route 301, Carmel, NY
Other Activities: Hudson Highlands: More than 40 miles of hiking trails include terrain varying
from easy to challenging. The aptly named Breakneck Ridge trail (one of
Newsweek’s “ten best day hikes in America”) rises 1,250 feet in only 0.75
mile and is not recommended for beginners. The summits of Mount Taurus
and Anthony’s Nose both offer views of the NYC skyline. Trail maps are available
at the office of nearby Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park and at
Ownership: Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Closest Town: Becon - Cold Springs
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: