Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail

Cold Spring and Beacon, NY
  • Ecological Design

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 US.

The Master Plan for the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail is currently in development, with preliminary aspects projected to advance into construction in early 2021.

Client

  • Scenic Hudson

Collaborators

Gray Organschi Architecture (Architects); Langan (Civil / Coastal Engineering); Fast + Epp (Structural Engineering); Pentagram (Environmental Design); Dr. Jon Miller (Advisor, Living Shorelines)