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Hudson Highlands State Park Fall Foliage

Discover some of the most scenic views in the Hudson Valley


Last updated: by Olga Valchyshen
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Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, located on the east side of the Hudson River between Peekskill and Beacon, is one of the best leaf-peeping destinations in New York. The vast preserve boasts great hiking, fishing, boating, and birdwatching within about 50 miles (80 km) of New York City. Peak leaf-peeping time in Hudson Highlands State park comes from mid- to late October.

With over 70 mi (112 km) of trails, Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve offers a great diversity of landscapes: lush deciduous forests with an abundance of fall colors, a picturesque estuary on the Hudson River, and mountain summits with rocky ridges. The hiking terrain varies from easy to difficult.

Breakneck Ridge or Breakneck Loop is one of the most popular hikes in the park. The 5.5-mi (8.9-km) trail, which starts at The Breakneck Ridge trailhead near Beacon, makes an elevation gain of 1,250 feet (381 m) in less than a mile. The beautiful view of the Hudson Valley, covered in golden fall foliage, opens up from the top. The trail takes over two hours to complete. It's considered to be challenging due to its steep climb.

Bull Hill Full Loop is another popular trail, which runs for 5.4 miles (8.7 km) and can be accessed via the Little Stony Point parking lot, north of Cold Spring, It's considered to be moderately challenging. If you are not ready for a tough hike, you can start exploring the park by taking a 5-mi (8-km) Storm King Mountain Hike, accessible from Cornwall-on-Hudson. Another option is an easy 1.8-mile (2.9-km) Cornish Estate Trail, which goes through a deciduous forest.

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