The Hudson River Islands State Park is a 612-acre island chain comprised of both Gay's Point and Stockport Middle Ground. It is primitive and untouched, so guests are treated to pristine coastal views. Since this pawsome park can only be reached by boat, make sure your four legged friend is okay with a quick trip on the water.
To get to the park, start out a mile south of the islands at Coxsackie Boat Launch. If you want a longer boat journey, begin four miles north at Athens Boat Launch. All vessels are required to show New York state registration before entering the water. Docks are not available. Boats must be moored off the island, but kayaks and canoes can be brought to shore. Don’t forget to put a doggy life jacket on your furry friend.
While there are several day use and camping areas on the island, there are no reservations and spots are taken on a first come, first serve basis. Once you are all settled in, check out the furrific four-mile nature trail. Your pup will love sniffing through the woods of the islands’ interior. Of particular note are the old growth oak trees that have been on the island for over 80 years. Take time to soak in the views of the river and surrounding wilderness. Restrooms can be found on the southern end of the loop.
Before leaving on your adventure, don’t forget to register with the New York State Parks Department so that they know where you are in case of emergency. Once you are on the island, you are away from civilization. Bring all the necessary supplies for your stay, including a fully charged cell phone and plenty of water. A visit to Hudson River Islands State Park is truly a unique experience and is one your pup will never furget!