Illinois Mountain

These trails meander up the mountain, layer upon layer of rock shelves, through an oak and hickory forest filled with natural reservoirs, wetlands, and rocky switchbacks creating a wonderland for hikers and bikers alike.


View of Illinois Mountain

Looking up at Illinois Mountain. (photo: Robert Rodriguez, Jr.)

Park activities

LLOYD, Ulster County (280 acres)—The Illinois Mountain trail system can be accessed from Town of Lloyd’s Berean Park on Reservoir Road. It is a great destination for those looking for a moderate hike or mountain bikers looking for a technical challenge. With trails that ramble through rocky switchbacks, contouring up the ridge to reveal hidden treasures such as wetland habitats, rocky outcroppings and native ferns aplenty; it has been said that this site is not about the destination but the journey itself. It is common to hear the hoots of a great horned owl, the mating call of spring peepers, see coyote tracks on the trail, or discover a tree branches that have been rubbed by a buck deer while on your journey. As visitors of the Town of Lloyd Water Department, please be sure to stay on marked trails and respect watershed areas and water department fixtures. The trails on Illinois Mountain are a collaboration of preserved lands owned by Scenic Hudson and the Town of Lloyd. Please carry out your trash.


3 miles of trail ranging from easy to moderate for hikers and moderate to difficult for mountain bikers. If biking, be sure to try the red “warm up loop” before your ride. (Scenic Hudson thanks the Fats in the Cats Bicycle Club for invaluable help in creating this trail network. Additional trails on Illinois Mountain are under development. If you are interested in volunteering to help with these trails projects please contact Anthony Coneski at 845-473-4440 ext 273.)

When to visit

Year-round daily dawn to dusk. Allow a minimum of 2 hours. PLEASE NOTE: seasonal hunting is permitted on Town of Lloyd property—wear bright-colored clothing during hunting seasons.

Illinois Mountain

From Mid Hudson Bridge, head west on NY-55 W/U.S. 44 W/Church St. Continue to follow NY-55 W/U.S. 44 W, keep right at the fork, follow signs for US-9W N/US-44/NY-55/Highland/Kingston and merge onto NY-55 W/U.S. 44 W/US-9W N. Turn left onto Milton Ave. Turn left onto Vineyard Ave, then turn right onto Reservoir Rd. Destination will be on the left

1-2 Thomas Rizzo Blvd
Highland, NY 12528

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