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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Poets' Walk Park

River Road/County Route 103
Red Hook, NY 12571


Just north of the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge, Poets' Walk Park is a "romantic landscape" in which Fitz-Greene Halleck (1790-1867) and literary contemporaries including Washington Irving (1783-1859) and William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) strolled while visiting the adjacent estates of two prominent American families, the Astors and the Delanos. Mown and gravel pathways lead to 120 acres of fields, forest, and spectacular river views. Walls of foliage and stone evoke outdoor "rooms" that reflect the 1849 aims of landscape architect Hans Jacob Ehlers.

Daily: 9:00 am till dusk