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Mills Norrie State Park & Norrie Point Environmental Edu. Center
Description: This area is actually a combination of two parks: Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park and adjoining Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park. Together, they comprise more than 1,000 acres along the Hudson River in eastern Dutchess County, with impressive views of the river along their western boundaries.

Wildlife to Watch: Mills Norrie is home to a diverse array of wildlife. Bird life abounds, with 170 species recorded. Raptors, such as the bald eagle, are regular visitors and can be observed perched or soaring along the Hudson River. Less common red-shouldered hawks may be seen or heard in the woodlands of the park. Waterfowl are abundant on the river, as well as on wetlands and ponds. Species such as Canada geese, mallards and wood ducks are common. During the winter, large numbers of common mergansers may be observed diving for fish in the river.

The mouth of the Indian Kill supports a tidal marsh where muskrats and great blue herons may be seen, as well as an occasional northern river otter. At the north end of the park, in the Hopeland area, visitors are likely to see American kestrels and red-tailed hawks hunting the open grasslands and shrublands, while eastern bluebirds fly through open habitats at Hopeland and the Dinsmore Golf Course.

Dragonflies and damselflies can be observed in abundance at park waterbodies. Hopeland’s Dragonfly Pond supports species such as eastern pondhawks, while big bluet damselflies hug Hudson River shoreline areas.

White-tailed deer and wild turkeys are observed frequently in woodlands and fields. Predators such as eastern coyote and red fox, while much more wary and less commonly observed, may also be seen, especially around dawn and dusk.

Special Tips: Hiking, biking, canoeing/kayaking, boat launch, camping, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, restrooms and parking

845-889-4646, 9 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580, www.nysparks.com

Norrie Point Environmental Education Center, 845-889-4745, 256 Norrie Point Way, Staatsburg, NY 12580, www.dec.ny.gov/public/ 33037.html

Other Activities: The numerous trails at Mills Norrie State Park are ideal for walking, jogging, hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. In addition to trails, Norrie has 46 tent sites and 10 cabins available for rental.

The Norrie Point Environmental Education Center, operated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, offers a variety of programs, lectures, workshops and training sessions.

Ownership: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 
Size: 1,000 acres 
Closest Town: Staatsburg

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingTent CampingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchFeeLarge BoatsSmall BoatsDrinking WaterBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

River Otter, Photo by Bill Banaszewski
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Driving Directions:
The park is located off Rte. 9 in Staatsburg.

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Mills Norrie State Park & Norrie Point Environmental Edu. Center : Wildlife Viewing Area