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New York

Hyde Park Heritage Greenway Trail System

User-friendly trails that average about 1 - 3 miles in length per section. Great for families and all ages. Dogs permitted on leash.

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Length: 34.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Greenway, Urban Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: The Hyde Park Heritage Greenway Trail System is a 34-mile trail system that includes trails on town, state and federal parklands that run along the Hudson River and nearby neighborhoods including the downtown area of the Town.

State(s): New York
Counties: Dutchess
Longitude: -73.94081
Latitude: 41.79799

Driving Directions

From Poughkeepsie, N.Y. take Route 9 north about 3.5 miles to the Town of Hyde Park.

Description

The Hyde Park Trails committee is an active public-private partnership that: develops, promotes and maintains walking trails which are open to the public; sponsors annual trail events to promote healthy lifestyles; provides interpretive information about relevant history and natural history; and reaches out to the community to support the trails through volunteering for trail monitoring, work days, events, Scout projects, and other activities.

The Hyde Park Trails (HPT) committee was established in 1988 with a mission to provide public hiking trails along the Hudson River, and linkages to the countryside that provide recreational, scenic and health opportunities to the local community as well as visitors to the Hyde Park area. The first section of the Hyde Park Trail to be completed linked two National Park Service sites: the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Vanderbilt Mansion. Opened in 1991, this 3.5-mile link was one of the first trail segments designated by the Hudson River Valley Greenway, taking a first step toward the Greenway vision of a trail along or within sight of the Hudson River, extending from New York City to the Capital Region and beyond. The National Park Service provides technical, planning and programming assistance to the HPT committee, as a partner and advisor, through the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.

The HPT system currently includes about 34 miles of trails, including trails within 3 National Park units, a State Park complex, 3 Town Parks, and a land trust nature preserve, connected in large part by trail easements across private lands, as well as on-road linkages. All trails in the Hyde Park Trail system were designated National Recreation Trails by the U. S. Department of the Interior in 2006, and their formal designation as Hudson River Valley Greenway Trails was underway in 2018.

TRAIL SECTIONS:


Dominican Overlook Trail
Length: 1.85 miles.

Relatively easy 1.85 mile walk on a woodland path with magnificent views of the Hudson River and Esopus Island. The trail starts at the field on Thompson Lane at Mills-Norrie State Park.

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Eleanor's Walk (Val-Kill) and Top Cottage Trails
Length: Val-Kill Loop Trail is a 1 mile loop. Top Cottage Trail is 2 miles round trip

Moderate walking on woodland paths with some steep hills on both Eleanor's Walk (red) and Top Cottage Trail (tulip-tree leaf marker). Parking is at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site parking lot. Val-Kill entrance. Visitor Center information desk and restrooms are available seasonally.

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Hackett Hill Park Trails
Length: Woodland and Guinea Community Trails (1.1 mile loop)

Woodland trail (green) easy walking, Guinea Community trail (red) moderate, rough surface. Park office information desk and seasonal restrooms. Parking is at the Hackett Hill parking lot, on East Market Street.

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Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt Trails
Length: Roosevelt Woods Trail is 3.3 miles round trip.

Henry Wallace Visitor Center info desk, restrooms and seasonal café are available. Moderate walking on dirt-surfaced woods roads with some steep hills. Tulip-tree markers and green blazes. Parking is at main parking area for the FDR National Historic Site.

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Mills-Norrie State Park
Length: Mills-Norrie Blue Trail is 2.4 miles one-way. Mills-Norrie White Trail is 1.75 miles one-way.

Enter and park at Mills Mansion, walk down paved road toward river. Moderate to steep walking. Rolling hills on paved and woods roads with river views. Mills Norrie State Park Website.

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Pinewoods Park
Length: Pinewoods Nature Trail loop is 0.7 miles around.

Easy 3/4 mile walk on a woodland path. Follow orange blazes. Parking is in Pinewoods Park, next to the playground.

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Roosevelt Farm and Forest Trails
Length: Roosevelt Farm Lane Trail is 3.6 miles round trip.

Bicycling permitted March to November on Farm Lane. No biking on Red, Yellow, Blue or any other trails. Easy walking on gravel-surfaced woods roads with gently rolling hills. Parking at Route 9 trail head, just north of Hyde Park Steakhouse & Brewing Company, or at Route 9G across from Val-Kill entrance.

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Winnakee Nature Preserve
Length: Winnakee Nature Preserve Trail is 1.3 miles round trip.

Easy to moderate walking on dirt-surfaced woods roads with rolling hills. Parking is in back of Pete’s Famous Cafe and Grill on Route 9, or at end of Terwilliger Road extension. Solid lines are measured loop, dashed lines are other open trails.

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Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Snow or ice

Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: 50
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2006

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: " 2014 Annual End2End Hike"
Document: 2014 Spring Newsletter
Document: Hyde Park Trail barcode for trail podcasts
Document: Summer 2013 Newsletter
Map: Hyde Park Trails Map (2020)
Website: Hyde Park Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Rob Pollard
Town of Hyde Park Rec. Commission
4383 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 229-8086 ext. 10
[email protected]
http://www.hydeparkny.us

 

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