Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Staatsburg, New York

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See how the other one-millionth percent lived by walking in their footsteps, exploring the lush forests and scenic viewpoints of the very, very rich. Few names are as closely associated with fabulous nineteenth century wealth as Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the richest man in America in his day. This opulent property belonged to his grandson, Frederick Vanderbilt, who purchased it in 1895. Frederick owned the New York Central Railroad, which passed close to the estate, so he and his family knew that this spot afforded them exceptional views of the Hudson River. The property had fallen into benign neglect when the Vanderbilts acquired it, but Frederick saw the potential in the natural setting and expansive grounds, allowing his love of nature to guide him in selecting a summer home he would share with his wife and children.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Hudson River Valley

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Hudson River Valley

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

See how the other one-millionth percent lived by walking in their footsteps, exploring the lush forests and scenic viewpoints of the very, very rich. Few names are as closely associated with fabulous nineteenth century wealth as Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the richest man in America in his day. This opulent property belonged to his grandson, Frederick Vanderbilt, who purchased it in 1895. Frederick owned the New York Central Railroad, which passed close to the estate, so he and his family knew that this spot afforded them exceptional views of the Hudson River. The property had fallen into benign neglect when the Vanderbilts acquired it, but Frederick saw the potential in the natural setting and expansive grounds, allowing his love of nature to guide him in selecting a summer home he would share with his wife and children.

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Activity Type: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Staatsburg
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Access: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Best Times: Apr–Nov
Local Contacts: Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Local Maps: Available at the visitor center
Driving Directions: Directions to Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

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May 2018