SPORTS & RECREATION / PARKS & NATURE

The Hudson Valley offers abundant options for relaxation and recreation in nature’s beauty. Within the cities, towns, and villages are a wealth of facilities and amenities that include swimming pools, tennis courts, sports courts and sports fields, golf courses, walking trails, bridle trails, and fitness centers.

 

State Parks & Forests
New York welcomes 65 million visitors a year to its magnificent parks and recreation areas from Jones Beach to Niagara Falls. The state manages 168 parks, 35 historic sites, 76 developed beaches, 27 golf courses, 18 nature centers, and nearly 1,400 miles of trails. The office also operates cottages, cabins, campsites, and water recreational facilities. For more information, contact:

New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Albany 518-474-0456
www.nysparks.com

 

New York State Forests

Division of Environmental Conservation
Region Three 845-256-3000
www.dec.ny.gov

Regional State Parks
Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain 845-786-2701
www.nysparks.com
The historic Bear Mountain Inn overlooks sparkling Hessian Lake and attractions that include lake and river access, a zoo and nature center, a swimming pool, and miles of multi-purpose trails.

Blauvelt State Park
Bear Mountain 845-359-0544
www.nysparks.com
This heavily forested green space nestled in Rockland County offers hiking trails that feature numerous breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley.

Clarence Fahnestock State Park
Carmel 845-225-7207
www.nysparks.com
The multi-million-dollar facility of Canopus Beach crowns the park, which also offers boating, camping, fishing, hunting, ice skating, swimming, winter sports, and hiking on miles of trails.

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
Yorktown Heights 914-245-4434
www.nysparks.com
This vast area supports a wide variety of outdoor activity from hiking and biking to boating, fishing, and winter sports.

Grafton Lakes State Park
Grafton 518-279-1155
www.nysparks.com
The park nestles against a forested mountain ridge between the panoramic Taconic and Hudson Valleys and features five ponds on nearly 2,400 acres.

Harriman State Park
Bear Mountain 845-786-2701
www.nysparks.com
Virtually unlimited outdoor activities are enhanced by Welch, Sebago, Tiorati, and Silvermine lakes as well as the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area and campground.

High Tor State Park
Haverstraw 845-634-8074
www.nysparks.com
Visitors enjoy picnics, swimming, hiking, and nature study on 565 acres. Historic features crown this Hudson River landmark.

Highland Lakes State Park
Bear Mountain 845-786-2701
www.nysparks.com
More than 3,000 vast acres of undeveloped woodlands and lakes in Orange County encourage fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and flying model planes.

Hudson Highlands State Park
Carmel 845-225-7207
www.nysparks.com
Enjoy hiking and nature trails along with river boating and fishing on 4,300 sprawling acres of wilderness.

Hudson River Islands State Park
Voorheesville 518-872-1237
www.nysparks.com
Fragile communities of rare and endangered plant and animal species are at home on the environmentally protected islands of Gay’s Point and Stockport Middle Ground.

James Baird State Park
Pleasant Valley 845-452-1489
www.nysparks.com
Popular outdoor activities include sports play, swimming, tennis, golf, skiing, hiking, nature education, and picnicking.

John Boyd Thacher State Park
Voorheesville 518-872-1237
www.nysparks.com
Situated along the Helderberg Escarpment, the park claims one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world.

Lafayette State Forest
Milan 845-256-3000
www.dec.state.ny.us
More than 700 acres of forests and fields create an ideal environment for hiking, bird watching, cycling, and wild flower fields.

Lake Taghkanic State Park
Ancram 518-851-3631
www.nysparks.com
The variety of facilities includes campsites, cabins, beaches, a boat launch, picnic areas, and multi-purpose trails.

Lake Superior State Park
Monticello 845-794-3000
www.nysparks.com
Beaches, boat launches, fishing, and picnic areas make this area popular with water-sport enthusiasts.

Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park
Staatsburg 845-889-4646
www.nysparks.com
Attractions include a boat launch, cabins, camping sites, a river marina, multi-purpose trails, and environmental education center.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve
New Paltz 845-255-0753
www.nysparks.com
Ulster County is the setting for the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge and a terrain that is blanketed by dense hardwood forest encircling two lakes.

Nyack Beach State Park
Congers 845-268-3020
www.nysparks.com
Hudson River frontage in Rockland County sets the stage for picnicking, hiking, biking, and fishing.

Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park
Staatsburg 845-889-4646
www.nysparks.com
Adjoining Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park, this area offers more than 1,000 acres for outdoor enjoyment.

Rockland Lake State Park
Congers 845-268-3020
www.nysparks.com
Two grand swimming pools combine with a boat launch, golf courses, tennis courts, a fishing lake, trails, and winter sports.

Stissing Mountain State Forest
Stanford 845-256-3000
http://www.dec.ny.gov
Cross-country skiing, camping, and fishing are just a few of the activities available in 450 acres of forests and fields.

Storm King State Park
Bear Mountain 845-786-2701
www.nysparks.com
Hikers and hunters enjoy undisturbed green space and unsurpassed vistas.

Taconic State Park & Rudd Pond
Millerton 518-789-3059
www.nysparks.com
This area offers a bathing beach, fishing, boating, a picnic area, a playground, and multi-purpose trails for four-season activity.

Taconic-Hereford State Forest
Pleasant Valley 845-256-3000
www.dec.ny.gov
More than 900 acres of fields and forests include miles of snowmobile trails and the Rudd Pond Area for boating enthusiasts.

Tallman Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain 845-359-0544
www.nysparks.com
Wooded countryside overlooks the Hudson River and Piermont Marsh and provides a scenic background for outdoor recreational activities and facilities that include hiking trails, a swimming pool, and tennis courts.

 

Regional Highlights

Anthony Wayne Recreation Area
Harriman State Park
Bear Mountain 845-942-2560
www.nysparks.com

The Appalachian Trail
Harpers Ferry, WV 304-535-6331
www.appalachiantrail.org

Croton Point Park
Croton Point Avenue
Croton-on-Hudson 914-862-5290
http://parks.westchestergov.com

The Hudson Valley Trailways & Greenway System
Hudson Valley Bikeways & Trailways
Region 8 Coordinator
Poughkeepsie 845-431-5991
www.transalt.org

Hyde Park Trail
Hudson Valley Bikeways & Trailways
Region 8 Coordinator
Poughkeepsie 845-431-5991
www.transalt.org

Lake Sebago Beach
Harriman State Park
Bear Mountain 845-351-2583
www.nysparks.com

Lake Tiorati Beach
Harriman State Park
Bear Mountain 845-351-2568
www.nysparks.com

Lake Welch Beach
Harriman State Park
Bear Mountain 845-947-2444
www.nysparks.com

The Long Path
New York/New Jersey Trail Conference
Mahwah, NJ 201-512-9348
www.nynjtc.org/region/long-path

County & Regional Resources

 

Dutchess County Parks
129 Sheafe Road
Wappingers Falls 845-298-4600
www.dutchessny.gov

Historic Hudson Valley
150 White Plains Road
Tarrytown 914-631-8200
www.hudsonvalley.org

Hudson Valley Bikeways & Trailways
Region 8 Coordinator
Poughkeepsie 845-431-5991
www.transalt.org

Orange County Parks & Recreation
211 Route 416
Montgomery 845-457-4900
www.co.orange.ny.us

Putnam County Parks & Recreation
842 Fair Street
Carmel 845-225-3650
http://putnamcountyparks.com

Rockland County Parks
Division of Environmental Resources
50 Sanatorium Road
Pomona 845-364-2670
www.co.rockland.ny.us

Westchester County Parks
25 Moore Avenue
Mt. Kisco 914-864-7000
24-Hour Line 914-864-PARK
http://parks.westchestergov.com

Gardens & Nature Centers

 

Catskill Animal Sanctuary
316 Old Stage Road
Saugerties 845-336-8447
http://casanctuary.org

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary
127 Warren Landing Road
Cold Spring 845-265-2601
http://constitutionmarsh.audubon.org

Cranberry Lake Preserve
Old Orchard Street
North White Plains 914-428-1005
www.westchestergov.com/parks

Esopus Meadows Environmental Center
River Road
Esopus 845-454-7673
www.clearwater.org

Green Chimneys Farm & Outdoor Education Center
Green Chimneys School
400 Doansburg Road
Brewster 845-279-2995
www.greenchimneys.org

Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden
28 Deveau Road
North Salem 914-669-5033
www.hammondmuseum.org

Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Mary Flagler Cary Arboretum
Millbrook 845-677-5343
www.ecostudies.org

Lasden Park & Arboretum
Route 35
Somers 914-864-7268
http://parks.westchestergov.com

Lenoir Preserve & Lenoir Nature Center
Dudley Street
Yonkers 914-968-5851
http://parks.westchestergov.com

Manitoga, the Russell Wright Design Center
Route 9D
Garrison 845-424-3812
www.russelwrightcenter.org

Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz 845-255-1000
www.mohonk.com

Norrie Point Aquarium & Museum
Norrie State Park
Staatsburg 845-889-4830
www.nysparks.com

Stonecrop Gardens
Route 301
Cold Spring 845-265-2000
www.stonecrop.org

Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center
79 Farmstead Lane
Wappingers Falls 845-831-8780
www.dec.ny.gov

Storm King Art Center
Route 32
Mountainville 845-534-3115
www.stormking.org

Taconic Outdoor Education Center
12 Dennytown Road
Cold Spring 845-265-3773
www.nysparks.com

Teatown Lake Reservation
1600 Spring Valley Road
Ossining 914-762-2912
www.teatown.org

Trailside Nature Preserve at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Routes 35 & 121
Cross River 914-864-7322
http://parks.westchestergov.com

The Vanderbilt Mansion Gardens
Route 9
Hyde Park 845-229-9115
www.nps.gov/vama

Vassar Arboretum
Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie 845-437-7000
www.vassar.edu

Westmoreland Sanctuary
260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Bedford Corners 914-666-8448
www.westmorelandsanctuary.org

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