To create and steward a 7.5-mile linear park along the Hudson River that solves existing safety concerns around visitation, provides welcoming access to people of all abilities, restores and protects natural resources, and enhances quality of life for local communities.
Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail, Inc.’s vision is that people of all ages and abilities have access to the inspirational landscapes of the Hudson Highlands in a manner that protects the environment, culture, and character of the region.
The Fjord Trail creates opportunities for people to connect with the land, river, and each other in ways that bring them joy and inspire a personal commitment to care for the Hudson River and the Earth.
Our Core Values
— Equitable and welcoming access to nature for all people
— Innovative and active management of visitation demand
— Natural resource protection and stewardship
— Sustainability in the face of climate change
— Serving as a community resource
— Sharing the cultural, historical, and ecological stories embedded in the landscape to educate and inspire
The Fjord Trail began as a grassroots community project among residents of Cold Spring and Philipstown almost two decades ago. Residents, driven by their concerns about safety and congestion on Route 9D and at Breakneck Ridge, sought to create a safe pedestrian route for the growing number of hikers flocking to the Hudson Highlands.
Over the next nearly twenty years, The Fjord Trail project evolved as conservation leaders, local stakeholders, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and others began to see the opportunity for a real solution: a 7.5-mile linear park that safely connected the Village of Cold Spring to the City of Beacon—and connected people meaningfully to the Hudson River’s edge, the natural and cultural history of the region, and each other.
Meet Our Team
Our Staff & Board
Our Board of Directors
Christopher Davis, Chair
Daniel J. Kramer
Frederic C. Rich
Our Design Council
The HHFT Board of Directors serve on our Design Council, along with:
Who We Work With
Header image photography: Christine Ashburn
Image collage photography: Ty Cole, Helen Smith, Meredith Heuer, Jeffrey Levine
Project history photography: Ty Cole
Steering Committee: Christine Ashburn
Partners panel photography: SCAPE Landscape Architecture