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,
boat launch, camping,
restrooms and parking
845-889-4646, 9 Old Post Road, Staatsburg,
256 Norrie Point Way,
Staatsburg, NY 12580,
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
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: