Top Cottage Trail

Dutchess County, New York

Elevation Gain302ft
Trailhead Elevation226ft
Elevation Min/Max226/452ft
Elevation Start/End226/226ft

Top Cottage Trail

Top Cottage Trail is a hiking trail in Dutchess County, New York. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 226 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 302 feet.

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Hiking New York's Lower Hudson Valley (Falcon Guides)
Randi Minetor
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"Hike through the forest planted on orders from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and follow the swath cut by the twentieth century’s strongest and most influential First Lady. The loop trail called Eleanor’s Walk offers a vigorous stroll through healthy woodland, with a short, steep change in elevation as you approach a pond. Once you’ve completed the short loop, we recommend continuing on the Top Cottage Trail, a challenging uphill hike to the house FDR had constructed so he could “escape the mob” of favor- seekers who crowded his calendar throughout his presidency. FDR himself drove his car up this winding road to Top Cottage—back when this road was passable by car." Read more

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Trail Information

Dutchess County
Nearby City
Additional Use
The Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, 4097 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY 12538; (845) 229-9115, ext. 2010;
Local Contacts
NatGeo TOPO! Map (USGS): Hyde Park, NY; trail maps available from the National Park Service at
Local Maps

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Dec 2018