Riverside Trail Opens With Help From Winnakee

Trail opening- ribbon cutting

On the morning of Friday October 23rd, 2015 community members gathered at Mills-Norrie State Park Staatsburg, NY to witness a ribbon cutting for a new section of the Hudson River Greenway Trail. The new trail traverses south approximately 1.85 miles from Norrie-Mills State Park to the former Dominican Camp property in Hyde Park, NY. The creation of this trail segment, which was over six years in the making, required an immense collaboration effort.

Generous contributions from landowners such as the Anderson Center for Autism made this new trail segment possible. Back in October of 2007, Winnakee Land Trust negotiated and signed a trail easement with the Anderson Center for Autism to allow a 0.5 mile section of nearly 2 mile trail to traverse their property. Not long after, Scenic Hudson purchased the former Dominican camp property at the south end of the trail, which brings hikers to an incredible overlook of the Hudson River. The opening of this trail would not have been possible without the hard work of trail partners including Hyde Park Greenway Trail Committee, Town of Hyde Park, Winnakee Land Trust, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and Scenic Hudson. Not to mention the countless hours of volunteer work that was put into trail building.

The trail is part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, a larger effort to connect the Mid-Hudson Bridge to the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and beyond.This particular portion of the Greenway offers a moderate hike appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Biking is not advised as one portion of the trail contains a built stairway. Dogs are permitted if kept on a leash.




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