Hudson Highlands State Park is an undeveloped landscape teaming with life. At over 6000 acres, the park contains a vast array of amenities and activities including kayaking, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, and swimming. Due to its size and extensive network of trails, Hudson Highlands State Park is excellent for multi-day backpacking trips.
Hikers will be challenged by the over 60 miles of trails in Hudson Highlands State Park. The nationally famous Bareneck Ridge has repeatedly been named as one of the best 9-10 day hikes in the nation, offering majestic views of the surrounding mountain landscapes. Guests looking for something they can do in a day should try the 1.8 mile Hudson B Trail, a relatively flat area that gives guests some gorgeous glimpses of the Hudson River.
Park officials strongly suggest that hikers read and follow all state safety guidelines when attempting these trails. Guests should have a clear idea of what to expect before setting off and have a pack with essentials like water, snacks, and a fully charged cell phone. Free trails maps can be found at the park's central offices. Dogs are welcome on all of the trails in Hudson Highlands State Park as long as they don't disturb other guests.
Kayak and canoe enthusiasts will enjoy the mellow waters of the Hudson River. Park visitors can feel free to bring their own or rent one from the third party Hudson River Expeditions. The guided tours offered here are the only way to reach Hudson Highlands State Park's Bannerman Island, which is home to Bannerman Castle.
This building is named on the National Register of Historic Places and has been kept in its original condition since being built in 1901. Due to the nature of these tours, canines have no real way of accompanying guests to the island. Canines are allowed in all public outdoor areas in Hudson Highlands State Park but must be on a strong, sturdy leash of no more than 10 feet in length.