Hudson River Valley, New York State
At the northern gateway to the fabled Hudson Highlands, this rugged 1900-acre park is home to eagles, falcons and numerous rare species. Magnificent views of the Hudson Highlands — and even Manhattan's skyline — provide ample compensation for the rigors of hiking through this rugged terrain.
From Scenic Hudson: "Fishkill Ridge isn't suitable for a casual stroll, but if you feel like heading out into some true wilderness, it doesn't get any better than this. On the preserve's well-marked trails you can walk beside a stream to an impressive waterfall, scramble up rocks and step onto outcroppings affording some of the most breathtaking long-range vistas in the Hudson Highlands. For most of your trek you'll be so cocooned in nature that civilization and its stresses will fade from memory (though shops and restaurants in downtown Beacon await your return). Fishkill Ridge also is a great destination for exploring the Hudson Valley's geological past - the rounded boulders and bare summits encountered on your hike were sculpted by glaciers that passed through the region 12,000 years ago, and extraordinary birdlife, especially its large raptors. There's a good chance you'll spot turkey vultures, bald eagles and falcons engaged in aerial reconnaissance throughout your overland excursion."
Things To Do at Fishkill Ridge
Bird Watching for Eagles, Falcons, and rare species
Hiking trails - Challenging trails for experienced hikers
Picnicking at Fishkill Ridge
Scenic views from the highest peaks east of the Hudson River
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After a day of birding, hiking, nature study, and breathtaking views, enjoy a picnic from the healthy produce at one of the
Farmers Markets in Dutchess County. Or select one of many excellent
restaurants in Beacon Poughkeepsie or Rhinebeck in Dutchess County.