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, parasailing, archery and skeet shooting.

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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
300 acres. Read More
Boyce Park
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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
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... 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 Park
A 550-foot hilltop that boasts panoramic vistas of the Hudson Valley Including the Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill and Taconic Mountains, Stissing Mountain and the Berkshires. A popular spot for picnicking... Read More
Dutchess Stadium
Baseball: Home field of the Hudson Valley Renegades. Football: Home field for The Hudson Valley Fort, part of the Fall Experiential Football League (FXFL). A Dutchess County park, "The Dutch"... Read More
Edward R. Murrow Park
86 acres. 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
Formal Gardens at Vanderbilt Mansion
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
Hackett Hill Park
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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
590 acres. The park can be accessed by vehicle either from the Taconic State Parkway or Freedom Road. 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
290 Ac Read More
Locust Grove Estate Gardens
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
Montgomery Place Historic Estate
380-acre National Historic Landmark estate with gardens, landscaped grounds, woodland walks, waterfalls and views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. A.J. Davis-designed, neo-classical style mansion.... Read More
Mount Beacon
235 acres. Read More
Mount Gulian Gardens
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
Tymor Park
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
The longest pedestrian bridge in the world. The 1.28 mile long park standing 212 feet above water offers walkers, hikers, bicyclists and those with disabilities spectacular views of 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 and 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... 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
104 acres preserve with extensive hiking trails. Read More

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