Hudson River at Staatsburgh Mills Mansion State Park Professional Review and Guide
"Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a lot of other neat stuff. Two hundred years ago, it bought Morgan Lewis 1600 acres in the central Hudson Valley, including the lovely riverfront property where Staatsburgh, the stately home also called Mills Mansion, now stands. From the mansion, set back from the Hudson River on a manicured hillside, gently curving paths extend in all directions. Grand beech, spruce, and oak trees line the paths and roadways; visitors will have no trouble imagining how the estate must have looked a hundred years ago, with butlers hustling to heed orders and elegant ladies floating across the lawn twirling parasols with gloved fingers. But this hike through the estate property and along the Hudson River offers more than the chance to enjoy a glimpse of the lifestyle at the turn of the century. The kids will have a ball romping on the vast lawns, running ahead on the level paths, and counting the motorboats and sailboats bobbing far down the river. The hike offers constant water views, plus several opportunities for wading, splashing, and exploring when the trail swings close to the river’s edge. Staatsburgh Mills Mansion State Park is one of the few public places on the east side of the Hudson River that lets you get to the water—in many other places, including the other great mansions in the area, railroad tracks block access or must be crossed. Here, the tracks run inland through a cutting and access to the river is completely free and safe."