Poets’ Walk Park

Landscapes & Gardens

In 1849, members of the Astor and Delano families, who lived in adjacent estates, commissioned Germanborn landscape architect Hans Jacob Ehlers to make improvements on these grounds. The classic wooded vistas, sunlit fields and thick forest were the main focus of Ehlers’ vision for the property. He fashioned a series of “outdoor rooms,” using stands of foliage and stone walls to break up the landscape, which includes rolling meadows, forests, and a ravine. Ehlers also created a shaded, streamside path, dubbed Poets’ Walk in honor of Washington Irving and other literary figures who reputedly strolled here. Today, the 120-acre park features two miles of trails through woods with rustic pavilions, bridges and benches. Conservation easements protect 780 acres of private lands around the park, ensuring serenity while enjoying outstanding Hudson River and Catskill Mountain views.

Amenities: Restrooms, Family Friendly