A fitting tribute to an inspirational woman.

HIGHLAND, Ulster County (251 acres) — It makes perfect sense we named this preserve after Scenic Hudson’s guiding spirit, Frances “Franny” Reese (1917-2003), who dedicated much of her life to protecting the Hudson Valley’s natural and historic treasures. After all, we conserved this magnificent bluff-top forest to prevent a massive residential development from destroying it. (Although it’s now a state park, we continue to maintain it.) Trails follow a historic carriage road that passes ruins of a 19th-century estate, while an overlook affords superb views of the Mid-Hudson Bridge and Walkway Over the Hudson. A link connects the park to the Walkway Loop Trail.

Free and open year-round, sunrise to sunset.


  • Access via train
  • Dog walking on leash
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Picnicking
  • Walkway Loop Trail link
  • Wildlife watching
  • X-country skiing & snowshoeing
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