The second largest park in the New York State Parks system, the 47,000-acre Harriman State Park boasts an impressive 200 miles of hiking trails. But three trails in particular stand out, especially for their proximity to the Tuxedo train station along Metro-North’s Port Jervis line. The Kakiat, Tuxedo-Mount Ivy, and Triangle trailheads all start directly across the tracks from the railroad station, and can be easily reached from a short distance north of the station at East Village Road, which safely crosses the tracks. For those with more transportation flexibility, namely, a car, the northern portion of Harriman State Park hosts 19 miles of the Appalachian Trail, which can be accessed from several different points within the park.
Formerly an abandoned railroad bridge destroyed by fire decades ago, the beautifully refurbished 2.6-mile loop of the Walkway Over the Hudson offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River from a height of 212 feet. Enjoy a ride up or down the all-glass elevator located on the Poughkeepsie side of the bridge, or follow the connector trail to Franny Reese State Park on the Highland side of the bridge for an additional 2.5 miles of scenic trails. The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is an easy 15-minute walk north from the Poughkeepsie train station on Metro-North’s Hudson line.