In southeastern New York, near the Hudson River and the New Jersey state line, Blauvelt State Park contains 590 acres of forested area. As an undeveloped recreation area, visitors to Blauvelt State Park may enjoy stunning views and plenty of wildlife.
Blauvelt State Park has a rich history dating back to before World War I. Before becoming a park; the land was called Camp Bluefields, a rifle training facility for the New York National Guard. The grounds were also used as a summer camp facility for different groups, and again as a military training ground and air raid post during World War II.
Despite its usage and history, the lands remain undeveloped and largely wild. The only amenities in the park are a limited parking area and hiking trails. There are no restrooms or potable water. The park has several lookout points with views of the Hudson River and Tappan Zee.
The Long Path, a trail that spreads between Fort Lee in New Jersey to the Adirondacks, runs through the park. Visitors can also see ruins from Camp Bluefield’s rifle range and the tunnels that connected targets to the firing line. Blauvelt State Park is open from sunrise to sunset daily. The park is undeveloped, and there are no services or amenities. No overnight stays are permitted, and no reservations are required.
Dogs are permitted in Blauvelt State Park but must be on a leash not more than six feet at all times. Bring waste bags with you and always clean up after your pet. If you bring your dog hiking, bring enough water for yourself and your dog. Be aware of hazards on the trails and always let someone else know where you’re going and when to expect you back.
If you are in Southeastern New York and looking for a historic site to explore or you are just looking for a place to enjoy the quiet solitude of the natural woods, come spend the afternoon at Blauvelt State Park.