This scenic landscape is a perfect spot to relax, picnic, explore birdlife in surrounding grasslands and enjoy incomparable views.
STOCKPORT, Columbia County (6 acres)—After a morning browsing through Hudson's antiques shops, Harrier Hill offers the perfect counterpoint — nature at its most sublime. The park's location atop an open ridge makes it a standout for savoring vistas immortalized by Frederic Church, Thomas Cole and fellow painters in the Hudson River School. In fact, there's no better place to survey the rugged grandeur of the Catskill Mountains or the lordly river that flows before them. For a real treat, stick around for the sunset. In the park's pavilion, shaped like a corncrib in homage to the land's previous incarnation as a dairy farm, you can escape the sun, but keep your binoculars handy. The surrounding fields, also protected by Scenic Hudson, support a wide variety of birds — including the Northern harrier, the hawk for which the park is named. Grasslands in the valley and elsewhere are vanishing at an alarming rate, eliminating essential bird habitat. Here's one meadow where our feathered friends will always be welcome.
When to visit
Year-round daily dawn to dusk. Allow 1 hour.
From Warren Street, City of Hudson: 4.8 miles north on Rte. 9, left on W. Atlantic Ave. at light. Right on Rod & Gun Road. Follow Rod and Gun approximately 1/2 mile to entrance gate.