Montrose Point State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 3 New Paltz Office: (M-F 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM), (845) 256-3000, R3admin@dec.ny.gov
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 1-877-457-5680 or 911
- Location: Town of Cortlandt, Westchester County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 3S
- Map: View Montrose Point State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (235 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The 51-acre Montrose Point State Forest is managed cooperatively with Westchester County Parks, which oversees the maintenance on the property. A brick factory was once on the site and the area was heavily mined for the raw materials for this industry, leading to the rolling nature of the topography. Walk the trails to visit the "brick beach," where hundreds of bricks were discarded, and take in scenic vistas of the Hudson River Valley.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
There are 1.25 miles of trails that loop around the property. A trail splits off the loop, crosses a brick arch bridge and leads down to a "brick beach" and a scenic viewing area. Along the way there are exceptional scenic views of the Hudson River.
General information on fishing includes how-to, safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations
Shore fishing is allowed on the Hudson River. A great variety of fish species can be found in the Hudson River Estuary.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
Wildlife abounds in this small niche of greenery. Cormorants have been seen sunning themselves on trees near the small pond, deer and turkeys wander through, and tree frogs can be heard in the spring and summer months.
All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.
- Montrose Point Parking area (41.249122°N, 73.948660°W) Google Maps (Leaves DEC website)
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.
Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.
How We Manage Montrose Point State Forest
DEC is developing a management plan which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.
If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Montrose, Peekskill, Croton-on-Hudson and Ossining.
Dining opportunities may be found in the nearby communities of Peekskill, Verplanck, Montrose and Ossining.
Lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Croton-on-Hudson and Peekskill.
Westchester County Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.