Couple of weeks ago it was shutdown. Too many hikers, too many trains stopping, too many injuries, too much damage to the trails, and too many cars. Please leave a comment! Wear sturdy, comfortable, closed-toed shoes to help prevent injury. As per New York State mandate, any individuals who choose to visit still-open parks and trails need to practice social distancing and wear face masks in proximity of others. Hope you made it out there and had a great hike, Judith! It was getting absolutely mobbed, and they had to shut it down for now. If anyone else has more current information on any of our local hikes, please let us know! Let me know any recommendation you might have! Mount Beacon is a very popular trail along the Hudson River, and for good reason. The mountain consists of two peaks. (Thank you for the heads-up, Angel! The Testimonial Gateway Trailhead is open for daily use from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning May 23. The closure list above is getting shorter by the day, though — hopefully that trend will (safely) continue! Due to the narrow nature of the park’s trails, this park is not optimal for social distancing. Are they open? Paul! I’m really glad you asked that question! Hi, Izabela! Is artist rock / sunset rock in tannersville ny open? The Appalachian Trail Conservancy just loosened its guidance, and you could do a nice, long hike (as long as you’d like!) Any knowledge if the trails are open? (NJ State Parks are also restricted to 50% capacity.). great weekend to you all Parking at Minnewaska State Park Preserve is reduced by 50 percent. You just saved me over an hour drive each way to Great Barrington tomorrow. Your email address will not be published. Scenic Hudson has singled out Mt. Enjoy if you (carefully!) and accurate! So is sitting on your couch and playing video games!). Hello, Mahevah! First off, wonderful to hear from you (note to everyone else: Paul and I know each other IRL). I don’t know of that trailhead specifically, but Anthony’s Nose is closed from all access points, and you need to travel on the (closed) Camp Smith Trail to get to it from the AT, so I would recommend choosing another hike. The trail climbs steeply to some old ruins of a casino. By any chance you would know anything about Croton Gorge Park / dam area? To combat COVID-19, local park areas have taken steps to reduce or stop traffic altogether. In 1995 and 1998 Scenic Hudson, the City of Beacon and the Town of Fishkill purchased these lands which were threatened by development. Nothing changed from the time the boulder moved to two weeks later when the trail was closed. Good luck out there! How the Fishkill Ridge looked like this past weekend? Any issues with the parking at Praediger Rd, trailhead for INdian Head and the Jimmy DOlan Notch? I’ve just moved Mt. Okay, without further ado, here is all of the trail closure Hope you can find a good time to visit — good luck! Hope that helps – be safe! As for the difficulty ratings for kids, I did have kids in mind when creating the difficulty ratings (here’s a little blurb about it from the site’s FAQ), where I lumped kids and dogs together for some reason (I should really go back and edit that). Please respect this closure and do not attempt to access the parkon foot o… I just added Fishkill Ridge to the Closure list, based on comments from Angel (you’ll find those comments below and on my trail guide for Fishkill Ridge). Hi, Rachel! Good luck through all of this! Hello Mike and fellow hikers, Your email address will not be published. The hike actually begins on a staircase following the course of the Beacon Incline Railway, once the world’s steepest funicular. Anthony’s Nose and the Appalachian Trail connector are closed in Cortlandt. It caused me to dig around a little and find updated guidance from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). the Dunnfield Creek parking lot (off of I-80) in the Delaware Water Gap is closed, making Mt. It is open but I would go midweek. Does anyone have any advice on the time you should get to Breakneck on a weekend to avoid crowds? I’m curious, have they done breakneck? Was wondering about status of Black rock forest/ storm king state park? If you go on a nice weekend day, I’d highly recommend getting there as close to dawn as possible to avoid crowds. p.s. The trail to the Falls from both N.Y. and Mass parking lots is open. Hi, Dan — thank you! I know campgrounds are closed for overnight stays but wasn’t sure about trails. If you want to continue on to the fire tower, most of the walk is level, which is a tease because the final stretch is a series of steep boulders to climb over. Hi, Brian! Amid the coronavirus pandemic, access to the Mount Beacon Park is closed. This includes all trails leading to Breakneck Ridge and Mt. Print/PDF Map. Yes! They are open (and were also packed – there are other hikes ppl)!!! If you’re looking to ensure you can maintain social distancing at Breakneck, I’d recommend visiting on a weekday evening if you can swing it – this is the last hike I would attempt to do on a nice weekend day during this time, just because the trail can make it tough to avoid other people, and it has been getting mobbed on weekends. That’s really nice to hear — glad this page saved you the drive. (The only blah hike we’ve done since the shut-down started was one NOT from Hike the Hudson Valley) We are planning on trying out the Popolopen Torne tomorrow. Thank you for being quicker than me with a response, and for providing some excellent first-hand info, Nicole! I was about to drive for an hour until I saw this list. I don’t think I saw it listed as closed? NO ONE I’VE SEEN GOING TO AND FROM THE BNR TRAILHEADS IS WEARING A MASK!!! Hi Mike! thank you in advance! per the AllTrails page, 2-3 people commented a month ago it’s closed. Thank you so much for operating all of this! If you do visit here, I’d definitely only visit at an off-peak time (weekdays, and very early or very late in the day). Additionally, all state park pools and beaches will remain closed to swimming through May 31. During the pandemic we also are trying to not do too much rock scrambling to lower their touch points. I will update the page above immediately with additional closures (and openings!) Much appreciated! Beacon Fire Tower is a 60’ high Aermotor model steel observation tower, model LS – 40, erected in 1931 and placed in service in 1932. I just updated the page above accordingly. Hi, Alexa! UPDATE: Effective immediately, Scenic Hudson’s Mount Beacon Park parking area and trailhead on Howland Ave. in Beacon is closed to the public. From May 1 forward, I’ll leave a trail of breadcrumbs here so you’ll know what’s different above. According to the Silver Sands homepage (https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Parks/Silver-Sands-State-Park), looks like the park itself is open, but the main connector boardwalk is closed, since it is too narrow to allow for proper distancing. 26 reviews of Mt. Any insight is super helpful! With the caveat that Leave No Trace principles and NY State Land Camping rules must be followed, yes, backcountry camping is still an option in a few locations. Thanks so much for providing this thorough outline – really helpful. Yes thank you, we were reading one higher too. Thank you! Is it possible to join with a couple ppl for when the reopening will take place? As far as I know, the only legal place to park for Indian Brook Falls is the small lot at Constitution Marsh, which is now closed. The galvanized and bolted steel frame supports a seven-by -even foot steel observation cabin. A volunteer group, the Mount Beacon Fire Tower Restoration Committee, raised funds to restore the tower, and it reopened in June 2013. Get there early though as we all know Bear Mountain is a very popular spot these days. This includes Sam’s Point Area. (For good measure, I’ll swing this answer past the park manager, so he can correct me if I’m wrong.). visit! I was thinking to take a Metro North west of Hudson to there this weekend. Each of these parks seem to be quite good about updating their homepages when they close after the lots reach their capacity – please check their homepages before venturing out: Also. Park signage will be added to direct visitors to alternate trails to access the beach.” Good luck through all of this! They also towed cars that were parked on both sides of the road even though there are no parking signs all up and down the road. Its lot should be closed simply because it is a difficult hike. Thanks again for this awesome resource! Is HV fully open for trails ? Thank you, Kirsten! So you could probably just ignore my original comment (except for the expression of gratitude part!). Hi, JP! Hope this helps. I see its still listed in your “Closures” list. Hopefully there wont be too much rain. Did anyone from fellow hikers go hiking on the East of Hudson? Scenic Hudson has closed one of its parks to protect public health and prevent further spread of COVID-19. It’s a long journey at about 7.5 miles, and steep in places, but nothing a healthy dog, child or senior citizen can’t do. If hearts have cockles in them, this comment just warmed mine. Parking on westbound I-80 is closed, but rangers route you across the highway to DWG parking lot; It’s an extra 0.3-0.5 mile walk to the trailhead. Looks like that might not be a great option, either. Thanks so much, Jesse! Thank you! Best of luck to you and your band of hearty adventurers! I dont have a car. Thanks! Light foot traffic, just practice social distance. Do you know if there are any parking Thanks so much for the tip — I’ve updated the list with FDR’s closure, just below Vanderbilt. Was this trail guide useful to you? Thanks for helping to make this page more accurate! Hello Joy and Louisa and fellow hikers, were you able to on the Fishkill Ridge trail or White trail near Beacon? I’ve updated the closure list accordingly (and if anyone has different information, please let us know!). Please post any updates in the comments, and I will keep this page updated regularly throughout the crisis. I’ve expressed my appreciation for the work you do a couple of times over the years I’ve used your site, but reviewing this list of closures today makes me want to say it again, loud: THANK YOU! as new information becomes available. I’ve updated the list with Locust Grove’s closure, thanks to your intel. You'll get to the first viewing area, which is very nice. 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