Parks & Gardens

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.

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Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus

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

Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield

Located on the grounds of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, the garden was created in 1912 by Beatrix Farrand, a landscape gardener whose work defined the American taste in gardens... Read More

Bowdoin Park

Bowdoin Park is a picturesque 301 acre park located on the banks of the Hudson River, in the Town of Poughkeepsie, NY. Scenic views of the Hudson River, open areas for picnicking, an award-winning handicapped-accessible... Read More

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,... Read More

Carnwath Farms Historic Site & Park

Carnwath Farms Historic Site & Park is a hidden gem located in the Wheeler Hill Historic District of the Town of Wappinger. The grounds are open to the public daily for hiking and recreational activities. ... Read More

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 Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Dutchess Stadium

A Dutchess County park and home of the Hudson Valley Renegades, "The Dutch" opened in 1994 and holds 4,494 people. Venue also hosts concerts, festivals, and sporting events.  A state-of-the-art synthetic... Read More

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... Read More

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. Read More

Fishkill Ridge

1900 acres. Directions: Fishkill or Beacon, Rt. 52 to Old Glenham Rd., left on Maple Ave. to end, turn right, cross bridge, left on Old Town Rd., right on Sunnyside Rd. to end, bear left, then right,... Read More

Formal Gardens at Clermont State Historic Site

South Spring Garden - gorgeous views of the Hudson River Upper Garden - once provided cut flowers for vases in the house Walled Garden - influenced by gardens in Florence, Italy Wilderness Garden - connects... Read More

Hackett Hill

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Hudson Highlands State Park

5400 acres. Read More

Innisfree Garden

A unique contribution to garden art in America, its design is influenced by a Chinese style dating back 1,000 years. 40-acre lake surrounded by cliffs, low hills, waterfalls and streams. Read More

James Baird State Park

James Baird State Park has much to offer on its 590 acres. There is a playground as well as a sports complex where visitors can enjoy playing basketball, softball, tennis and volleyball. Outdoor enthusiasts... Read More

Julie's Jungle

A handicapped-accessible playground for the children in southern Dutchess County ~ Located at The Lime Kiln Recreation Facility Follow them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JuliesJungleatLimeKiln/ Read More

LaFayetteville MUA

Multiple Use Area - 718 Acres | Correspondence address and phone: Stony Kill Farm - NYSDEC, Bureau of Public Lands, Rt. 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, (845) 831-8780 x309... Read More

Lakeside Park

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Locust Grove Estate

183 acres, including hiking trails, vegetable gardens and perennial gardens. Stately trees, rolling hills and picturesque views of the Huidson River. Read More

Long Dock Park

Walk from Beacon train station, hiking/ biking trails, bird watching, nature study, dog walking, fishing, kayak & canoe launch, picniking, WiFI, x-country skiing & snowshoeing (ungroomed trails). Mountain... Read More

Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens

Educational gardens designed, planted and maintained by Master Gardener volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension: Bird & Butterfly, Edible Landscape, Xeriscape and Shade. Read More

Millbrook Tribute Gardens, Inc.

Garden and children's playground on six acres. Read More

Mills-Norrie State Park

1,000 acres, 46 campsites w/hot showers, 10 cabins. No RV hookups accepted. Boat launch, flush toilets, marina, picnic tables, restaurant, food concessions, 18-hole golf course. Bicycle paths, cross-country... Read More

Mount Beacon

235 acres. Read More

Mount Gulian Historic Site

Restored, in progress 19th century gardens with antique roses and peonies. Managed by an escaped slave for 40 years in the 1800's. Included in house tour. Read More

Pinewoods Park

25 acres. Read More

Poets' Walk Romantic Landscape Park

120 acres. Read More

Quiet Cove Riverfront Park

27 acres. Read More

Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club

Join neighbors who share a passion for wild birds! Field trips to local birding hot spots, evening nature programs, and all day bird counts. Read More

Riverfront Park, Beacon

10 acres. Read More

Riverfront Park, Hyde Park

4 acres. Read More

Roeliff Jansen Kill MUA

Multiple Use Area - 125 /- Acres | Correspondence address and phone : Stony Kill Farm - NYSDEC Bureau of Public Lands, Rt. 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, 845-831-8780... Read More

Rose Garden at Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

Garden features annuals and 28 different varieties of roses. Burial site of FDR & Eleanor Roosevelt. Read More

Taconic State Park, Rudd Pond Area

225 acres, 40 campsites w/hot showers. RVs up to 20-foot accepted. Beach w/swimming, boat rentals, childrens' play area, flush toilets, picnic tables. Cross-country skiing, fishing, forestland, skating.... Read More

Taconic-Hereford MUA

Multiple Use Area - 909 Acres | Correspondence address and phone: Stony Kill Farm - NYSDEC Bureau of Public Lands, Rt. 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, 845-831-8780 x309... Read More

The Brine Garden

Private six-acre, botanical garden on the scale of a public garden. Diverse plant collection includes many natives and is the work of principal landscape designer Duncan Brine. Visit via The Garden Conservancy,... Read More

Town of Dover

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Town of Pawling

86 acres. Read More

Town of Union Vale

Athletic Fields, camping, children's play area, cross-country skiing, fishking, flush toilets, forest land, hiking/nature trails, hot showers, open fields, picnic tables, pool swiming, food concessions,... Read More

Victor C Waryas Park

9 acres of greenspace at the foot of Main Street, Poughkeepsie, along the Hudson River. Three part whale sculpture with contributed mosaic tiles. Picnic tables, outdoor grills, pavillion. Children's playground,... Read More

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

A former railroad bridge built in 1888, the Walkway spans 1.26 miles and stretches 212 feet above the majestic Hudson River. Connecting Highland on the westside and Poughkeepsie on the east, it's the... Read More

Wassaic State MUA

Multiple Use Area - 488 /- Acres | Correspondence address and phone number: Stony Kill Farm - NYSDEC Bureau of Public Lands, Rt. 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, 845-831-8780... Read More

Wethersfield Estate & Gardens

Epitome of a country gentleman's, Chauncey D. Stillman (1907-1989), estate of the late 20th century.  Features a Carriage House Museum with 22 restored horse drawn carriages; a Main Residence with extensive... Read More

Wilcox Memorial Park

Camping, 27 sites, including 10 RV trailer sites with water and electric hookup, lake swimming, boat rentals, children's play area, flush toilets, hot showers, picnic tables, shelters/pavilions. Cross-country... Read More

Winnakee Nature Preserve and Educational Arboretum

102-acre forested park with extensive carriage and hiking trails. New Educational Arboretum, with a guided walk through the woodland where FDR was mentored in forest management. Access free Arboretum app-based... Read More

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