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Poet's Walk Park

Poet's Walk Park celebrates the connection between landscape and poetry. The park's mown and gravel paths provide access to the 120 acres of fields and forest.

The Park's design reflects 19th century picturesque style of American landscape design. The extraordinary vistas, sunlit fields and thick forest were the focus of landscape architect Hans Jacob Ehlers vision for the property in 1849. Using walls of foliage and breaks in the rise of a fields or a stone wall, he created several "outdoor rooms", each evoking a different atmosphere. As you walk the Park, you will see the maturity of his design which has endured through the efforts of previous landowners. Today, the visual integrity of the Park and its setting is protected by The Scenic Hudson Land Trust's conservation easements on the surrounding 800 acres.

You are invited to enjoy the sweeping vistas from the Park's paths of fields and ravines that speak to you and the poet in you. Take a moment to sit on a bench, read a poem, or better still, scribe a line or two of your own on a blank page.

The distance from the Information Arbor to the Overlook Pavilion is about 1/2 mile and at a leisurely pace takes the average walker about 15 minutes. The return trip is slightly uphill and a bit longer.

From the Pavilion to the Summerhouse via Poets' Walk Path is an additional 20 minutes (one way); and from the Pavilion to the Flagpole is also 20 minutes (one way).

The Park is open from 9am till dusk. Please be considerate of other visitors and the adjoining property owners. Please carry out anything you carry in -- there are no trash receptacles. Please leash and clean up after your dog. The Park is available for events and activities that nurture the connection between poetry and landscape. Groups wishing to use the park should contact Scenic Hudson at (845)473-4440 for further information.

HV/Net Note: Be prepared when you visit Poets Walk Park. Although the paths are manicured and the views are awe inspiring, the walk can be a little on the strenuous side. At times the grade can be a little steep and the distances more than you at first imagine. From the parking area to the river vantage points is at least a mile, although at times it might seem even farther. Take your time and be leisurely. Enjoy the scenery and the magnificent views. There are no "facilities" at Poets Walk Park, so be prepared. You might consider packing a snack and a little refreshment, as well as your favorite book of poetry, and make an outing of it! From the parking area to the Overlook Viewing Pavilion is more than accessible for the handicapped and physically impaired as the paths are all gravel, if a little steep in places. From the Overlook Viewing Pavilion to the Stone Bridge would not be recommended for wheelchairs as the path is very steep in spots and is mown grass and soil. From the Overlook Viewing Pavilion to the Flagpole Lot might be navigated by a wheel chair with a stout & hearty assistant as it is quite a distance and the path consists of mown grass and soil.

Directions to Poets' Walk Park

From the South:
Follow Route 9 North through Rhinebeck to 9G. Turn left onto 9G and follow to the intersection with Route 199. Turn left onto Route 199 (west) and follow to County Road 103, River Road. This is the last intersection before the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Turn right onto River Road. Poets' Walk Park is on the left side of the road.

From the North:
Follow Route 9G south through Tivoli. Continue past the intersection where 9G/199 join. Turn right at the light for 199 West to County Road 103, River Road. This is the last intersection before the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Turn right onto River Road and follow the signs to the entrance. Poets' Walk Park is on the left side of the road.

From the West:
Cross the Hudson at the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge (this is Route 199). Turn left onto River Road, County Route 103. Poet's Walk Park is on the left side of the road.

These lands are owned and made available to the public by The Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Inc., a not-for-profit land conservation organization affiliated with Scenic Hudson, Inc.

Major funding for this project was provided through the generosity of the Lila Acheson and DeWitt Wallace Fund for the Hudson Highlands, a charitable Fund established by the founders of The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. and dedicated to the preservation of land in the Hudson River Valley for public benefit.

Scenic Hudson, Inc. is an environmental not-for-profit organization founded in 1963 and based in Poughkeepsie, New York and dedicated to preserving and enhancing the scenic, cultural, historical, ecological and recreational treasures of the Hudson River Valley.

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Specifics on visiting Poet's Walk Park were correct at time of publication. We would suggest that you confirm dates and times prior to your visit.
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