Improving Trails to Our History

View from North Redoubt, Hudson Highlands State Park

View from North Redoubt, Hudson Highlands State Park

By Georgette Weir, contributing editor

In October, nine acres, a new parking lot, and short trail extension built by the Trail Conference’s Taconics Crew were added to Hudson Highlands State Park’s historic North/South Redoubt section along Snake Hill Road in Garrison. Land preservationists and state park and Dept. of Environmental Conservation officials celebrated the occasion with a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony before sitting down to a meeting about other conservation priorities.

OPRHP Assistant Commissioner Carol and Winter Hill's Chris Buck cut the ribbon to open the new trail extension on new park land.

OPRHP Assistant Commissioner Carol Clark and Winter Hill’s Chris Buck cut the ribbon to open the new trail extension on new park land.

The land was donated to the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) by Winter Hill LLC, which also built the new parking area. OPRHP Deputy Commissioner Carol Clark and Winter Hill’s Chris Buck signed the official papers transferring ownership at the event.

With a short and quick climb from the new parking area on a red-blazed trail to the North Redoubt, hikers can get a nice view north over the Hudson River—especially with the leaves off the trees. A longer, but still relatively short, hike to the higher South Redoubt winds through bits of Garrison School Forest.

The trails to the South Redoubt are in the process of being reworked and reblazed by the Garrison School, which maintains all the trails in this area of the park. Already, there are differences in blaze colors between the latest 2014 edition of East Hudson map #101 and what you will find on site.

The South Redoubt features a kiosk with information about the Revolution-era history of the redoubts, fortifications built in 1779 with the intent of delaying or stopping British advances on West Point. At both North and South Redoubt, evidence of the now buried fortifications is obvious.

Hiking on the historic cannon trail to the North Redoubt.

Hiking on the historic cannon trail to the North Redoubt.

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Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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