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 All Annandale-on-Hudson Listings

 Annandale-on-Hudson Scenic Hudson Valley

National Historic Landmark, Hudson River estate, views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains,
Things to Do at Montgomery Place, gardens, House Tour, Hiking, Historic Site, Nature trails, Scenic Views, Waterfalls of Saw Kill River | Dutchess Montgomery Place "Historic Site"

914-631-8200 
  Montgomery Place a National Historic Landmark, is an extraordinary 380-acre Hudson River estate with magnificent views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. It is located on historic River Road in the hamlet of Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, just north of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

"The lover of the expressive in nature, or the beautiful in art, will find here innumerable subjects for study. The natural scenery in many portions approaches the character of grandeur, and the foreground of rich woods and lawns, stretching out on all sides of the mountain, completes a home landscape of dignified and elegant seclusion, rarely surpassed in any country" by Andrew Jackson Downing Montgomery Place  "Historic Site" | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Beacon Listings

 Beacon Scenic Hudson Valley

Long Dock Park, Beacon Point Park, launching boats, arts, activities, popular attractions, perfect place to fish, Things to Do at Long Dock Park, Biking Trails, Boat Launch, Fishing, Kayaking & Canoeing, Winter Activities, Cross county skiing | Dutchess Long Dock Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

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  Long Dock Park / Beacon Point Park
Beacon, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

From Scenic Hudson: "A critical 19th-century transportation link between New England and points west, Long Dock once contained a rail ferry terminal, warehouses and other buildings. More recently, it was home to an oil terminal, salt-storage facility and junkyard. All traces of its commercial and industrial past have been removed to create an exciting riverfront destination boasting a kayak pavilion and beach for launching boats, rehabilitated wetlands and meadows that attract wildlife, and the restored, historic Red Barn, now Scenic Hudson's River Center for arts and environmental-education activities. Long Dock Park   "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .

restaurants in Dutchess County, Things to Do,  Hudson River Valley, New York State, Park, Fishkill Creek, Beacon Shoreline Trail, Beacon train station, trails along the Fishkill Creek, scenic overlooks of Fishing Pier, Hiking / Walking Trails, Picnicking | Dutchess Madam Brett Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Madam Brett Park
Beacon, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

From Scenic Hudson: "Madam Brett Park hugs Fishkill Creek, which played a prominent role in Beacon's development. Along it stood a gristmill owned by the park's namesake — Catheryna Rombout Brett (1687-1764), the first European settler in the present-day city. The mill was an important gathering place for farmers and Native Americans inhabiting both shores of the Hudson River hereabouts. In the 1800s, the creek powered a profusion of hat factories (including the Tioronda Hat Works, located in the brick building adjacent to the park), which earned Beacon the nickname "New York's Hat-Making Capital. Madam Brett Park  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .

Birding, Hiking / Walking Trails, Nature Study, Picnicking, Scenic Views, hiking, walking, local farm in the Hudson Valley, restaurants in Dutchess, Hudson Highlands, Revolutionary War, Mount Beacon Park, City of Beacon, Town of Fishkill | Dutchess Mount Beacon "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Mount Beacon Park
Beacon, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

Mount Beacon Park was created on land preserved by Scenic Hudson in the City of Beacon and Town of Fishkill. Totaling 234 acres, the parcels were purchased in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Mount Beacon towers above Beacon and Fishkill at the northern gateway to the Hudson Highlands. Mount Beacon  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .

Beacon River Pool, spectacular views of the River, Things to Do at River Pool, Relax in this floating pool in the Hudson, Swimming, Views of the Hudson | Dutchess River Pool at Beacon

845-784-1790 
  River Pool at Beacon is located just off the north shore of Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park at 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY 12508. The park is only minutes away from Beacon’s train station and ferry dock as well as regional attractions such as DIA: Beacon and the Beacon Landing peninsula. The water quality at the River Pool site is one of the best in Dutchess County.

From River Pool: "Like its historic precedents, the Beacon River Pool is partially submerged in the water, allowing River water to flow through. From the shore of the park, a ramp leads to the pool. This prototype pool is 20 feet in diameter with a water depth between 24 and 30 inches. The pool bottom, a high strength net made of Dyneema twine, is held in place by a rigid structural perimeter tube. Floatation/seats line the perimeter of the pool - offering pool users spectacular views of the River. River Pool at Beacon | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Dutchess County Listings

 Dutchess County Scenic Hudson Valley

Hudson Highlands, Hudson River is an estuary, things to do in the Hudson Highlands, outdoor activities, fishing, boating, hiking, hike, Hikes, Things to Do, Birding, Bird Watching, Boat Rentals, Boating, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Historic Places | Dutchess Hudson Highlands

845-225-7207 
  Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands.

Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands The sign reads:
"For much of its 315-mile course, the Hudson River flows straight and broad. But at the Highlands, the Appalachian mountain chain intersects the river to create a fifteen mile stretch of rugged, mountainous landscape. This area contains the river's narrowest and deepest points, as well as its fastest currents. The Hudson River is an estuary, a mixture of salt and freshwater, and the saltwater line extends just north of Beacon. The River is tidal all the way up to the Troy Dam above Albany." Hudson Highlands | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Fishkill Listings

 Fishkill Scenic Hudson Valley

rare species, views of the Hudson Highlands, wilderness, spot turkey vultures, bald eagles and falcons, Things to Do at Fishkill Ridge, Bird Watching, Challenging hiking trails, experienced hikers, Picnicking, Scenic views, birding, hiking, nature study | Dutchess Fishkill Ridge "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Fishkill Ridge
Dutchess County
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. Fishkill Ridge  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Hyde Park Listings

 Hyde Park Scenic Hudson Valley

12538, home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, FDR, National Historic Site, Visit the Home of FDR, Presidential Library & Museum, Top Cottage retreat, things to do, visiting, family events, kids section, Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hudson River Valley | Dutchess FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site

800-337-8474 
  Click to enlarge photo of Eleanor and FDR at Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site.

Click to enlarge photo of FDR and Eleanor. The Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site and home of FDR is located at 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park NY 12538, Dutchess County. Visit the Home of FDR, called Springwood , the lifelong home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The following quote famously captures FDR's connection to Springwood.

"All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River." FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site | Dutchess  photos, website and more . . .

photo of Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage Landscape, advocate for women's rights, Diplomat, U.S. First Lady, National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady, women of 20th-century America, fun things to do with your children this summer | Dutchess Val-Kill Cottage, Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site

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  Click to enlarge landscape photo of Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage.

Click to enlarge photo of Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage landscape. Eleanor Roosevelt, Diplomat, U.S. First Lady (1884–1962)

Cross over the bridge and pond to Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage at Val-Kill located on the grounds of the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.

Eleanor, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, changed the role of the first lady through her active participation in American politics. She gave press conferences, spoke out for human rights, was strongly involved in children's causes, and was a tireless advocate for women's rights. She stood against racial discrimination and traveled abroad to visit U.S. troops during World War II.

The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again. " by Eleanor Roosevelt whom expresses her love for the modest house she called Val-Kill; the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady. Val-Kill Cottage, Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site | Dutchess  photos, website and more . . .
 All Millbrook Village Listings

 Millbrook Village Scenic Hudson Valley

12545, Garden, Millbrook NY, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, public garden, Chinese landscape design, American garden | Dutchess Innisfree Garden

845-677-8000 
  Innisfree Garden is located at 362 Tyrell Road, Millbrook NY 12545, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Innisfree is a 150-acre public garden in which the ancient art of Chinese landscape design has been reinterpreted to create, without recourse to imitation, a unique American garden. Innisfree Garden is recognized as one of the 'world’s ten best gardens' and a powerful icon of 20th century landscape design.
    I will arise and go now,
    and go to Innisfree.
    W.B. Yeats, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (1888)
Innisfree Garden | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Poughkeepsie Listings

 Poughkeepsie Scenic Hudson Valley

12601, Park, banks of the Hudson River, Quiet Cove, picnic tables, grills, fishing, walking trails, scenic overlooks, views of the Hudson River, Things to Do at Quiet Cove Riverfront Park, Boat launch for canoes and kayaks, Fishing | Dutchess Quiet Cove Riverfront Park

845-298-4600 
  Quiet Cove Riverfront Park, a 27-acre park (with 5 plus acres to the West of the rail line) on the banks of the Hudson River, is located at Clear Water Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 in Dutchess County. Quiet Cove offers picnic tables, grills, fishing, walking trails and scenic overlooks on the upper section of the park and breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Quiet Cove Riverfront Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Town of Red Hook Listings

 Town of Red Hook Scenic Hudson Valley

Things to Do, National Historic Landmark District, Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, Catskill Mountains, Attractions, Birding, Walking Trails, Nature Study, Picnicking, Scenic Views, hiking, picnic, local farms Hudson Valley, restaurants in Dutchess New York | Dutchess Poets' Walk Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Poets' Walk
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". Poets' Walk Park  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Rhinebeck Listings

 Rhinebeck Scenic Hudson Valley

restaurants in Rhinebeck, winter activities, sledding, cross-country skiing, Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill and Taconic mountains, Stissing Mountain, bird-watching, park, Things to Do, Birding, Cross-County Skiing, Hiking, Picnicking | Dutchess Burger Hill "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Burger Hill Park
Rhinebeck, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

Burger Hill's seventy-six-acres of open meadows and rural, scenic beauty are perfect for bird-watching. The park is protected by a Scenic Hudson conservation easement and is owned by Winnakee Land Trust. Burger Hill  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Staatsburg Listings

 Staatsburg Scenic Hudson Valley

12580, Staatsburg NY, Mills Memorial State Park, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Dinsmore Public Golf Course, best hiking in the hudson valley, walking, jogging, hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, views of the Hudson River, History | Dutchess Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park

845-889-4646 
  Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park is located at Old Post Road, Staatsburg NY 12580 in Dutchess County. The Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills State Park adjoins Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park and together, comprise more than one thousand acres. Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12580, Golf Course, Staatsburg, NY, scenic 18-hole course, Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park, Mills Mansion State Historic Site, Scenic hiking trails,  marina, Golf Course Information, 18-hole, Driving range, Practice putting greens | Dutchess Public Golf Course - Dinsmore Golf Course

845-889-4071 
  Dinsmore Golf Course is located at 199 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580 in Dutchess County.

From Dinsmore Golf Course: "This scenic 18-hole course offers a panoramic view of the beautiful Hudson River and majestic Catskill Mountains from the Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park. It is the third oldest golf course in the country. Built as a private 9-hole course in the 1890s, it was an amenity to the estates of the Dinsmore, Hoyt and Mills families. The land was donated by Helen Hull. The original course, which is now the south nine, was expanded to 18 holes in 1962. Public Golf Course - Dinsmore Golf Course | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12580, Historic Site, Staatsburg NY, Ogden Mills, great estate, History, mansion, tours, activities, Things to Do at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Biking, Group Tours, Hiking, Historic House, Winter Activities, Cross-country Skiing | Dutchess Staatsburgh "State Historic Site"

845-889-8851 
  Staatsburgh State Historic Site is located at Old Post Road, Staatsburg NY 12580 in Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Staatsburgh is the elegant country home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills. Sitting atop a grassy hill overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, their house is a fine example of a great estate built by America's financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age (1876 - 1917). Also known as the American Renaissance, this period in American history was marked by America's rapid economic growth and emergence as a world power. Darius Ogden Mills, father of Ogden Mills, established the family fortune by investing in banks, railroads and mines. Ogden Mills, like his father, was a noted financier and philanthropist. In 1882 he married Ruth Livingston, whose family had been prominent landowners in the Hudson Valley since the 17th century. In 1890, Ruth Livingston Mills inherited her childhood home and property which had once belonged to her great-grandfather, Morgan Lewis, the third governor of New York State. Staatsburgh  "State Historic Site" | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Stanfordville Listings

 Stanfordville Scenic Hudson Valley

12581, Milan NY, northern Dutchess County, Things to Do at Wilcox Park, Birdwatching, Birthday parties, 
Boating, Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking, Mini Golf, Pavilions, Picnicking, Playgrounds, Swimming, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing | Dutchess Wilcox Memorial Park

845-758-6100 
  Wilcox Memorial Park, a 615-acre park, is located at 1639 Route 199, Milan NY 12581 in northern Dutchess County. Wilcox was formerly the estate and farm of Mrs. Frederick P. Wilcox, its 18th century complex of farm buildings still stand today.

Wilcox Memorial Park has a 5 acre swimming lake that is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There is also a fishing lake, 27 site campgrounds, 2 new playgrounds, and a basketball court. There is an extensive hiking trail system throughout the 615 acre park. This park has 4 pavilions that can be reserved through the online reservation system. Pavilion C is currently the largest pavilion in Wilcox Park, complete with kitchen facilities and restrooms and a great view of the lake from its location at the top of the hill. Admission is charged to the public when the swimming lake is open. Wilcox Memorial Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Wappingers Falls Listings

 Wappingers Falls Scenic Hudson Valley

12590, park on the banks of the Hudson River, scenic views, picnicking, and an award-winning handicapped-accessible playground, water spray park, Things to Do, Wheelchair Accessible, Children's Playground Area, water spray park, Educational Programs | Dutchess Bowdoin Park

845-298-4600 
  Bowdoin Park, a 301-acre park on the banks of the Hudson River, is located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 in Dutchess County.

The park offers scenic views, picnicking, and an award-winning handicapped-accessible playground area and water spray park. Also available for parties and events are five pavilions (4 handicapped-accessible), and a community room. Bowdoin Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .

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Scenic Drives and Scenic Views
Hudson Valley
Hudson River Valley

Take a scenic drive through the Hudson Valley of New York. Enjoy beautiful lakes, reservoirs, and mountains throughout the Hudson Valley landscape. See the stunning mountains, valleys, and lakes of the Hudson River Valley. Allow your senses to take-in the natural beauty of the rivers and mountain backdrops; photograph the views.

If you're visiting or live in New York City, in approximately one hour you can be in Westchester or Rockland County in the most southern part of the Hudson Valley where you can see dine overlooking the Hudson. Find restaurants with waterfront views in Westchester and restaurants with waterfront views in Rockland County.

    Visit the charming shops and villages in the River Towns along the Hudson River. For family fun, visit the playground in Matthiessen Park in Irvington, NY. Young kids and toddlers love the playground and older kids and adults can enjoy the coastline along the Hudson at Matthiessen Park. Picnic tables are available for a wonderful snack or lunch overlooking the Hudson River.

    Visit Cross River Reservoir where you can go boating and fishing in the quiet and serene waters of the reservoir. Don't forget fishing gear for a relaxing day of fishing in the Cross River Reservoir.

If you're taking a scenic drive through Westchester and are looking for fun things to do to keep the kids happy, plan a family day-trip to one of the beautiful parks along the Hudson River or the Long Island Sound. Go fishing in Westchester, or boating in Westchester, or just relax and picnic at a Westchester County park. On hot days of summer, cool off in one of many swimming pools and beaches available throughout Westchester County.

Moving up the river, drive along Route 202W/6W and enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson Highlands. Park the car at this scenic view, one mile from the Bear Mountain Bridge, and take in the magnificent views of Bear Mountain.

    Continue driving north until you reach the charming Village of Cold Spring. Spend a day in the historic Village of Cold Spring. In 1973, the Village of Cold Spring, New York was designated a Federal Historic District, and tourists have been visiting Cold Spring’s historic sites, shops, restaurants and hiking trails since.
Driving further north, up the river, visit Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. This 14,086-acre park, covering Putnam and Dutchess counties, boasts
and on the hot days of summer, you can go swimming at Fahnestock beach.

    Fun things to do in the winter with the family in Putnam, NY, include visiting Fahnestock Winter Park. Bundle up and go sledding and snowboarding at Fahnestock Winter Park in Putnam and Dutchess counties.

Driving further north in Putnam you'll enter Dutchess County. Dutchess offers many scenic spots, including,

  • Beacon Point, the future home of a cutting-edge "Green" hotel/conference center.


  • Madam Brett Park.
  • This 12-acre park in Beacon connects to the "Beacon Shoreline Trail" providing a link between Dennings Point, Long Dock Beacon and the Beacon train station. Madam Brett Park is an urban oasis along the Fishkill Creek in Beacon featuring tranquil trails and a waterfall.

  • Shaupeneak Ridge , offering great hiking and mountain biking, is a 570-acre park that can be used by educators as an outdoor classroom.


  • Poets' Walk, a 120-acre park nestled in the region's famous National Historic Landmark District. Poets' Walk 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".
North of Dutchess County is Columbia County, home to Lake Taghkanic State Park. Lake Tahkanic Park was named one of the Top 100 Campgrounds in the nation. The park is nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia, New York. Columbia is also home to many local farms, CSA farms, and pick-your-own farms. While picking organic produce in Columbia County, look up at the very beautiful views and rolling hills all around you.

In autumn, the backdrop of breathtaking fall colors enhances hiking, biking, and walking in the parks of the Hudson River Valley. Explore scenic parks offering activities and attractions for the whole family. While taking a scenic drive through the Hudson Valley, visit parks, nature preserves, hiking trails, biking trails, and more; all very beautiful and abundant in the Hudson Valley of New York.




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