Momentum builds for Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail

It’s been four years since it was first announced. And years remain before it is to be completed.

But momentum continues to build for one of the most ambitious trail projects in the mid-Hudson Valley, a potential 9-mile pathway linking Beacon and Cold Spring, New York.

The Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail will provide hikers and bikers safe passage through the towns of Fishkill and Philipstown, along the busy Route 9D corridor and adjacent to the Hudson River and Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve.

The park is home to one of the nation’s most popular day hikes, Breakneck Ridge, a 5.5-mile trail that offers sweeping views at 1,250 feet above the Hudson. The climb is so popular, it has its own train stop along Metro-North’s Hudson line.

Officials representing the public-private partnership that is building the trail unveiled signage with maps and other information at Long Dock Park in Beacon. The signs also mark another chapter in the riverfront’s transformation from an industrial center to one dominated by recreational and residential uses.

An environmental review is underway. The review, led by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will identify environmental as well as community impacts, such as parking or trash. Nearly 30 federal, state and local agencies and groups are involved.

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