Hike the Camp Smith Trail

Rate this Adventure New York Camp Smith Trail

Added by The Outbound Collective

This is a rugged, athletic hike with panoramic views of the Hudson Highlands.

This approximately 3-hour hike borders the Hudson River, and is one of the best in Westchester County. Start off at the parking area at the Bear Mountain Tollhouse, or at a small parking area farther up Bear Mountain Road, if you want a slightly shorter hike. The trail is fairly steep in places, and is well-marked with blue blazes. The major ascent is of Manitou Mountain. At about 0.9 miles out, there is a small area perfect for viewing Iona Island. Shortly after is a rock outcropping with more striking views. At about the 2.2 mile mark, you can link up with the Anthony’s Nose Trail, if you’re looking for even more photo opportunities. From Anthony’s Nose, look out on the Hudson River, the Bear Mountain Bridge, and Bear Mountain State Park. Simply retrace your steps to get back to the parking area. Dogs are welcome, if they are kept on a leash.

Transit Directions: Take the Metro-North Hudson Line to Peekskill Station, then take the free shuttle to the Bear Mountain Inn.

Round Trip Cost: Peak: $28.50 Adult, $14.00 Children. Off-Peak: $21.50 Adult, $11.00 Children.

Photo: Mat McDermott

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Day pack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Food and Water
  • Guide to historical points in the area (optional)
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4.3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

350 Feet

Features:

Dog Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by The Outbound Collective

Your Home For Adventure.

More Adventures Nearby

Fly Fish at Salmon Creek Falls

New York / Salmon Creek Fishing Lot

Park at the dead end designated DEC "Fishing Salmon Creek" lot.

Jacob Sells
4 Saves

Hike to Boreas Ponds

New York / Boreas Ponds Trailhead

You will start from the last parking area along Gulf Brook Road.  The road is a bit rough, higher clearance vehicle recommended. Just past the gate is a kiosk and map.

Rebecca Nichols
6 Saves

Hike the Bluff Trail at Chimney Bluffs State Park

New York / Chimney Bluffs Trailhead

The trail starts right at the parking area.  You quickly climb a short ways up and through the open forest until you reach the bluffs edge.

Rebecca Nichols
25 Saves