Hudson River Living in Highland, NY
Located on the western bank of the Hudson River, directly across from Poughkeepsie, Highland is one of the Hudson Valley's most recognizable towns. Home to the Hudson Valley Rail, Highland is the western terminus of the Walkway Over the Hudson, a 19th century railroad bridge turned multi-use trail, standing 200 feet above the Hudson River.
The Walkway is a highly desirable destination for walkers, runners, cyclists, rollerbladers, dog walkers and more. Connected to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and Tony Williams Park on the western side and the Dutchess Rail Trail on the western side, the linked trails offer 18 miles of public rail trails only open to non-motorized vehicles. The Mid-Hudson Bridge and recently completed Walkway elevator both offer quick access to the Poughkeepsie Metro North station and in turn, easy access to New York City and points south.
Filled with scenic country apple orchards, Highland is also home to Franny Reese Park and Illinois Mountain, wooded parks owned and operated by conservation advocacy organization Scenic Hudson. Positioned on the bank of the Hudson, Franny Reese Park offers miles of shaded trails, scenic overlooks and rustic ruins. Set further back from the waterfront lies Illinois Mountain, a public park with playground, cookout area, small beach and summertime swimming.
As with the rest of the Hudson Valley, Highland affords visitors and residents plenty of fine culinary opportunities, in part thanks to the Culinary Institute of America mere miles away. German gastropub Gunk Haus serves up Bavarian style dishes all while enjoying stunning views of the mountains. Immediadely on the waterfront, Mariner’s on the Hudson serves a variety of dishes all in the glow of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront.
Not unlike the surrounding areas, Highland has its own rich history and heritage. Historic Highland Landing on the Hudson Riverfront, Highland’s first business district, is home to Highland Landing Park, great for the fisherman and water sports enthusiast.
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