Ferncliff Forest

Rhinebeck (Dutchess County)

Why we love it

If you were enjoying a sandwich at one of Rhinebeck’s many restaurants, you could be forgiven for not realizing that just a few minutes outside of town, a fire tower stands in the woods, beckoning you to climb it. Those brave souls who do are rewarded with spectacular views of the Hudson River, Catskill Mountains and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Ferncliff Forest also offers miles of woodland trails to explore, along with a pond and a recently completed pavilion.

More to explore

Rhinebeck features many interesting stores, inviting restaurants and even a cool movie theater (Upstate Films). Scenic hikes at Burger Hill and Poets’ Walk Park also are nearby, if your retinas can handle more awesome views.


  • 1.2-mile hike leading to fire tower and magnificent views
  • Great spot to catch a sunset
  • Additional trails to explore
  • Camping available via permit

Directions, hours, etc.: https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hikes/ferncliff-forest/