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“One of the best day trips from NYC - No car needed”

Hudson Highlands State Park
Ranked #5 of 25 things to do in Cold Spring
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New York
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17 reviews
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“One of the best day trips from NYC - No car needed”
Reviewed January 18, 2012

So here's the little secret...there are 2 trains on Saturday A.M. and 2 on Sunday A.M. from Grand Central that literally drop you off at the trail head (Breakneck Ridge - and it also stops at Manitou for those going to Bear Mountain). I've been hiking here since 2004 with my son (then 4, now 11). It's a fun time with great views. The best is to take the white trail and cross to the yellow or blue to go back to Cold Spring (where the trains run every hour). If you are a more experienced hiker, go to Beacon where you can also pass a fire tower (and it adds some length and additional elevation change to the hike). I went one year when it was wet - not recommended for any but the heartiest trekker. You can drive if you want (there is parking along 9D)

Visited November 2011
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New York City, New York
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“Great Day trip from NYC”
Reviewed October 21, 2011

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful day of fall hiking with a great day out of the City. Take the train from Grand Central to Cold Spring (about 70 minute ride). You can then walk along the waterfront to the trailheads. There are various options to choose from - we began on the Washburn ( white) trail up Bull Hill and connected to the blue/red trail for a circuitous route. Amazing views of the Hudson, West Point, etc. The first part of the trail more difficult than the end as you climb up and gain 1400 feet of elevation but worth it for the views. The trail is pretty well marked but when come to the quarry make sure you take a sharp right turn and don't walk around the quarry. We missed the trail for a bit and saw others do the same thing. You can pick up a map at the box at the trail head. It is the first one you will encounter. There is also Breakneck Ridge - I understand the trail head is further down the road and the trail is a bit steeper involving some scrambling. Hope to try that one next time. Afterwards there are plenty of restaurants in town to grab a bite to eat. All in all a great day!!!

Visited October 2011
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“This is why so many people visit Cold Spring!”
Reviewed August 20, 2011

The Hudson Highlands State park is actually multiple parcels of land including some of the most dramatic views in the tri-state region. if you don't have a car, take the Hudson Line train from New York City, and get off at Cold Spring. First walk down to the waterfront to a large undeveloped piece of land- a rarity on the Hudson River. This is a portion of the park. Enjoy the views across the river to Storm King, then look back on the east side- this is a larger portion covering Bull Hill and Breakneck Ridge. If you don't already have a trail map, stop and at the outfitters on Main Street and buy one. Grab a lunch, and some water, and head down Fair Street to the trailheads. For those more inclined to stroll, go around Little Stony Point. For others, there is a large trail system across the mountains. Make sure you have good footgear, because some of the trails are steep and rocky. (A flashlights and rain jacket is always a good idea also.)
If you are inclined to watersports, you could also rent a kayak at the outfitter and paddle around Bannermans Island past the castle ruins. (It is also a part of the park, but landing is only allowed at certain times.) There are also other portions of the park in Peekskill and in Beacon. It is 6000 acres total, and its presence, along with Fahnestock State Park, is what keeps the western portion of Putnam County so beautiful. Its a real treat and only a day trip from New York City!

Visited August 2011
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