Sunday, December 20, 2015

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Park, NY


ABOUT THE PARK:
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site - National Park Service 
Hyde Park Trails Audio Podcasts - National Park Service
Hyde Park Trail - Hyde Park, NY Recreation Trails

DIRECTIONS:
GPS Coordinates  41.76163, -73.90036


TRAIL MAP:
Hyde Park Trails/Mills-Norrie State Parks - Dutchess County, NY



HIKE DISTANCES:
All hikes combined with short drives from one to the other - 8.9 miles:
Pinewood Park - .9 miles

THE HIKE:
Walk towards the buildings from the parking lot and...
... turn right on the road which is the Hyde Park Trail.
Continue across the bridge.
Keep following the Hyde Park Trail signs.
Eleanor's Walk is a 1 mile loop.  The Top Cottage Trail is 1 mile each way out and back.  If you are going to do both, do Eleanor's Walk first because it will be anticlimactic after the Top Cottage Trail.
You can call from your cell phone for the audio tour.  I did not know there were MP3 downloads available until just now (link above).  I would have preferred those over calling the number at every stop.
Back at the intersection, on to Top Cottage.
There are several bridge crossing.
If you are so inclined.
Lots of old stone walls everywhere.
Almost at the top ...
... at Top Cottage ...
... and views of the Catskills and Hudson Valley!
There might not be much in the way of views in the summer so this was definitely the right time to visit.
The Catskill Mountains
Heading back down.
We stopped at the FDR Visitor Center on the way out for our hiking patch since we hiked 5 of the Hyde Park Trails.  Next year we'll have to hike another 5 miles for the 2016 patch.

1 comment:

  1. Such great pictures! I love seeing Shawnee! She's a great dog and companion I'm sure. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays! I look forward to following more of your hikes through pictures. Joanne

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