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Parks & Gardens in the Hudson Valley

Bring your bike, lace up your boots, grab the bridle for an adventure outdoors in upstate New York. Make the most of the Hudson River Valley landscape. Outdoor recreation in Dutchess County includes biking, hiking, horseback riding, golf, kayaking, archery and skeet shooting.

Enjoy many of the quaint parks & gardens of Dutchess County. Whether it’s a stroll or afternoon exploring, you’ll want to visit these places. Explore the Formal Gardens at Clermont State Historic Site, Locust Grove Estate, Taconic State Park and more!

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Bannerman Castle

The Scottish-style castle on the Hudson River was built in the early 1900s by Frank Bannerman, VI. to store military surplus items. The Pollepel shuttles you to the island for a guided tour around the...

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Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus

This 380-acre estate is a National Historic Landmark set amid rolling lawns, woodlands, and gardens, against the backdrop of the Catskill Mountains and overlooking the Hudson River. Designed by renowned...

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Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield

Garden with lush perennial borders, enclosed in fieldstone walls and hemlock hedges. Located on the grounds of the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, the garden was created in 1912...

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Bowdoin Park

Picturesque 301 acre park on the banks of the Hudson River, in the Town of Poughkeepsie, NY. There are scenic views, open areas for picnicking, an award-winning handicapped-accessible playground area,...

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Buttercup Farm Audubon Sanctuary

640 acres of diverse habitats with rolling and open grasslands. Six miles of trails, over 80 species of birds have been observed on a "birdy" May day including Great Blue Herons, Wood Ducks,...

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Carnwath Farms Historic Site & Park

A hidden gem in the Wheeler Hill Historic District of the Town of Wappinger. Grounds are open daily for hiking and recreational activities. Carnwath is home to its 1850 pre-restoration mansion, Carnwath...

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Depot Hill MUA

Multiple Use Area: 260 /- acres | Appalachian Trail | Correspondence address and phone: Stony Kill Farm - NYSDEC Bureau of Public Lands Rt. 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-831-8780 x309

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Dover Stone Church

A nature preserve whose highlight is a stunning rock formation and waterfall in a cave. It was used by Native Americans as a hideout in the 17th century, and then for weddings in the 19th century. Dover...

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Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill

One of the highest points in the Town of Rhinebeck with views of the Hudson River, the spires and silos of the surrounding countryside, the Catskill Mountains to the West, and the Taconic Mountains...

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Dutchess Stadium

Home of the Hudson Valley Renegades, "The Dutch" opened in 1994 and holds 4,494 people. This County run park also hosts concerts, festivals, and sporting events.  

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F. W. Vanderbilt Gardens Assoc. Inc.

Terraced gardens from the Gilded Age designed for the enjoyment of the Vanderbilt’s and their guests. Visitors will find colorful displays of annuals, perennials and roses, unique garden architecture...

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Ferncliff Forest

200-acre forest preserve and game refugee for camping (w/permit), picnicking, and pond for fishing. Hiking trails and firetower offering Hudson Valley views. Ferncliff Forest Parking Lot off Mt. Rusten...

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