Does your doggo fancy a little history mixed in with their hiking? If so, then the Cornish Estate Trail is the pawfect spot for an afternoon hike. Located just a bone’s throw from the Hudson River, and inside the Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, this hike runs through some seriously beautiful terrain.
The Cornish Estate Trail is an out-and-back route that begins from the Washburn Trailhead, located at the north end of the parking lot. Watch for signs that direct you to the Cornish Estate Trail. The property that the hike winds through was once owned by the prominent Cornish family. It used to be the home of a lavish estate and massive dairy farm. Un-furtunately, most of the buildings were destroyed in a fire in the late 1940’s. Today, visitors can get a taste of the past from the leftover stone remnants that are scattered around the area that you will see along the Cornish Trail. As you and your furry friend walk through the overgrown forest and explore the estate’s debris, imagine the extravagant parties and glitzy gatherings that took place here during the roaring 20’s.
If your pooch wants to discover more of the area, you can easily create a loop hike. For a shorter loop take Undercliff Trail until it meets with Washburn Trail. If your canine companion prefers a longer trip back to the car, follow Notch Trail until it connects to Washburn Trail. Both of these loops have some rocky terrain, so make sure your pup is up for some boulder hopping. There are also several other trails within the park that worth checking out.
Be sure to pack plenty of water and some trail snacks. Don’t
forget to throw in a couple biscuits for your well deserving dog. You’ll find a
lot of furrific spots to sit and enjoy the views and the canine company. Keep the
trail smelling fresh by bringing clean up bags and picking up after your pal. No
bones about it, this trail will make your pup’s tail wag!