Hudson Highlands State Park has purchased almost 1,250 acres of the Fishkill Ridge from Scenic Hudson for $2 million. “This project demonstrates the benefits of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development strategy—recognizing that protecting the state’s fabulous natural resources and job creation go hand-in-hand. This is a foundation of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and its ‘green circle’ strategy to focus resources on the Hudson Valley’s great natural, historic and cultural treasures,” said Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan.
The purchase includes historic North Beacon Mountain, from whose summit signal fires kept George Washington informed of British troop movements in the Hudson Highlands during the Revolutionary War. For much of the 20th century, this mountain was the site of the world’s steepest incline railway. In addition, there are connections to trails in Scenic Hudson’s Mount Beacon Park and other existing trails in Hudson Highlands State Park.