Located in New York, the hiking in Poughkeepsie offers a half-dozen good hiking route options. The best Poughkeepsie hiking based on popularity are considered to be Bear Mountain Loop Trail, Stillman Trail, Bash Bish Falls, Clarence Fahnesock State Park, and Sugar Hill State Forest. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Poughkeepsie hiking trail below.
North of NYC near Bear Mountain, the 5,000 acre Bear Mountain State Park is in the rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The best hike in the park is the 4 mile loop to the top of Bear Mountain (1,300 feet) along an original stretch of the Appalachian Trail.
North of NYC and southeast of Newburgh, the Clarence Fahnesock State Park has over 70 miles of trails. Many trails are shared with mountain bikers and equestrians. All the trails are blazed with round plastic discs of varying colors, or painted rectangular marks. A strech of the Appalachian Trail passes through the park.
East of Copake Falls in Taconic State Park on the Connecticut border, the 5,000 acre Taconic State Park has an extensive trail system through challenging terrain with spectacular views. The best place to start is from the Bash Bish Trailhead, which provides access to 3 hiking trails totaling 22 miles.