Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail

Cold Spring and Beacon, NY
  • Park
  • Resilience / Climate Adaptation
  • Greenway / Streetscape
  • Planning

Spanning 7.5 miles from Cold Spring to Beacon, NY, SCAPE is designing the master plan for a linear park and trail network along the Hudson River, providing safe access and reducing ecological stress to some of the Hudson Valley’s most popular hiking destinations. The park will reconnect visitors to the river’s edge, restore critical ecosystems, and create a choreographed experience of the Hudson Highlands while minimizing the impacts of heavy tourism on local communities.

Drawing inspiration from the material palette of the Hudson River School of painting, SCAPE designed an array of destinations along the Fjord Trail that foreground the area’s inherent ecological diversity, encouraging restoration and stewardship along the river’s edge, highlands, forest, and marsh. Among these sites are a family-friendly beach, interpretive archaeological sites, outdoor classrooms for school groups and adult classes, quiet spaces for contemplation and enjoyment of the scenery, and improved access to several trailheads within the Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, including Breakneck Ridge—one of the top day hike destinations in the U.S.

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  • Scenic Hudson


About The Work (Owner's Rep)
Gray Organschi Architecture (Architect)
Langan (Civil / Coastal Engineering)
Fast + Epp (Structural Engineering)
Dr. Jon Miller (Advisor, Living Shorelines)