TOWN OF LAGRANGE HIKING TRAILS
The Town of LaGrange has 6 trails for your hiking and walking pleasure. Below is a brief description of each trail.
FREEDOM PARK (GPS: 212 Skidmore Rd., LaGrangeville, NY) The Freedom Park hiking trail system, created by Eagle Scouts, has approximately 2.5 miles through woodlands and fields with some benches along the trail. Sections of the trail follow Sprout Creek. There is also a kid’s-oriented trail with several play and educational stations. Trail maps have been posted near the main pavilion kitchen, the ball field pavilion and the Day Camp office building.
STRINGHAM PARK (GPS: 78 Stringham Rd., LaGrangeville, NY) Stringham Park has a paved ½ mile loop-trail with benches around Keith’s Pond. A longer partially paved trail extends off the loop trail and around the perimeter of the park.
RED WING NATURE TRAIL LaGrangeville, NY. The Red Wing Nature Trail has a total length of 5.5 miles. One of the trail heads can be reached at LaGrange Fire Station #1 located on Rt. 82 near Billings. Other trail heads can be accessed at Velie Rd., north of Rt. 55, near the entrance to Red Wing Sand & Gravel (4-car gravel parking lot) and further along Velie Rd. along the road shoulder near the bridge over Sprout Creek.
JAMES BAIRD STATE PARK (GPS: 14 Maintenance Lane, Pleasant Valley, NY) A trail system of 5.5 miles thru scenic woods is available for hiking (Blue Trail- 2.3 mi., Red Trail-2.5 mi., Blue & Red Trail- 0.2 mi., Green Trail- 0.5 mi.). The park also contains a turtle-themed playground, pickleball and tennis courts. Contact the park at (845) 452-1489 for more info.
WAPPINGER CREEK GREENWAY TRAIL (GPS: next to 87 Sleight Plass Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY).
Section 1: About 1.5 mi (3 mi. round trip) of walking trail along a beautiful wooded stretch of the Wappinger Creek. The entrance is located on the left side of Sleight Plass Rd, about 7/10 of a mile from the intersection with Overlook Road. It contains a five-vehicle gravel parking area. Wood posts are in.front of the parking lot, with small brown signs to mark the trail entrance. The trail can also be accessed near the end of Milano Drive, which is off Overlook Road about 0.1 mi. southwest of the Sleight Plass intersection.
Section 2: Entering at 119 Sleight-Plass Rd (1000 feet north of Section 1 but not connected) is a 0.9-mile-long loop trail that passes under a canopy of tall tree to access the east bank of the Wappinger Creek. No cars or parking permitted at this section…park only at Section 1 and walk in. Accessible in winter and early spring before the underbrush grows tall and masks the trail entry point. Fishing is permitted all along Wappinger Creek. Trout fingerlings are stocked in the spring.
DUTCHESS/HUDSON VALLEY RAIL TRAIL (total one-way length is now over 40 miles). In Dutchess are 20+ miles of paved trail on the former Maybrook Line railroad bed on the eastern side of the Hudson River that traverses the Towns of Pawling, Beekman, East Fishkill, Wappinger, LaGrange, Poughkeepsie plus the Walkway-Over-The-Hudson Bridge. Near LaGrange, the Hopewell Junction trail segment features a restored 19th century train depot containing historical exhibits, (GPS: 3 Turner St, Hopewell Jct., NY). At the Walkway Bridge is a glass elevator giving visitors access to the Hudson waterfront below the Bridge at Waryas Park, with a paved riverside path from the Children’s Museum extending to the playground at the foot of Main St in Poughkeepsie. Across the Bridge is a 10+ mile paved trail starting on the western bank of the Hudson River in Ulster County which runs through New Paltz and connects with the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.
There are many historical markers along the trail, describing local flora, fauna, and how the Maybrook rail line supported area farmers. In the Town of LaGrange, parking and Trail access is located behind Page Lumber (GPS: 360 Manchester Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603) on Rt. 55, and on Titusville Rd. by Gold’s Gym, and at other Trail/street crossings.