Red Hook, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State
From Scenic Hudson: "The rolling fields and quiet woodlands have inspired generations of writers and artists. This 120-acre park is nestled in the region's famous National Historic Landmark District and offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River, Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and Catskill Mountains. A visit to this property by Washington Irving is said to have inspired his classic story "Rip Van Winkle".
"The park itself is buffered on all sides by 780-acres of private lands under Scenic Hudson conservation easements that insure the landscape's protection from development.
"Red Hook, Dutchess County (120 acres)—In 1849 members of the Astor and Delano families, who lived on adjacent estates, commissioned German-born landscape architect Hans Jacob Ehlers to make improvements on these grounds. The classic wooded vistas, sunlit fields and thick forest were the main focus of Ehlers' vision for the property. He fashioned a series of "outdoor rooms," using stands of foliage and stone walls to break up the landscape, which includes rolling meadows, forests, and a ravine. Ehlers also created a shaded, streamside path, dubbed Poets' Walk in honor of Washington Irving and other literary figures who reputedly strolled here. (Legend has it that Irving came up with the idea for "Rip Van Winkle" here while gazing at the distant but very prominent Catskill Mountains, site of his protagonist's decades-long sleep.) Today, the park features two miles of trails through woods and rolling meadows with rustic cedar pavilions, footbridges, and benches. The park is buffered on all sides by 780 acres of private lands under conservation easements that ensure the landscape's protection from development."
Attractions at Poets' Walk
Two miles of trails through woods and open fields, magnificent setting for landscape artists and rustic cedar pavilions.
Things To Do at Poets' Walk
Birding | Bird Watching
Hiking / Walking Trails
Winter Activities at Poets' Walk
Cross Country Skiing
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After a day of hiking, walking, or studying the wildlife, pack a picnic from the produce at
Farmers Markets in Dutchess County. Or dine at one of the many excellent
restaurants in Dutchess New York.
Location: Red Hook