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Poets’ Walk near Rhinebeck, New York, is an enchanting park and loop trail, a serene landscape that has inspired poets and artists for centuries.
Welcome to Poets’ Walk, near Rhinebeck and Red Hook in Dutchess County, a scenic sanctuary nestled along the majestic Hudson River. As you meander along its winding paths, bordered by lush woods and sweeping river vistas, you’ll find yourself walking in the footsteps of literary giants who once sought solace and inspiration here.
Poets’ Walk is more than just a trail; it’s a tribute to the romantic era of literature, where nature was the muse for timeless poetry and art. In 1849, the Astors and the Delanos commissioned German-born landscape gardener Hans Jacob Ehlers to improve the grounds. Ehlers constructed a woodland path in honor of Washington Irving and Fitz-Greene Halleck who are said to have strolled there.
The park’s design, with its hidden benches, rustic summerhouses, and open meadows, evokes a sense of tranquility and contemplation. The path is an unfolding poem, written by the landscape itself.
The trail’s gentle undulations lead you through varied scenes: from quiet, wooded nooks to open fields that stretch towards the Hudson River, with views of the Catskills High Peaks, each portion offering its own unique and peaceful moment.
Whether you’re a lover of poetry, a seeker of peace, or simply a wanderer in love with the beauty of the natural world, Poets’ Walk awaits to offer you its inspirations.
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Poets’ Walk Hiking Trail
The Poets’ Walk hiking trail includes…
- Easy walking trails
- A wide meadow
- Several wooden benches
- Delightful Hudson River and Catskills Mountains views
- Glorious gazebos
- Free and open year-round
- Gates open every day at 8:30 a.m. Closing hours vary according to the season.
- For more information, here’s the official website for Poets’ Walk.
A full breakdown is provided in the hike notes below, with 11 breathtaking photos.
Poets’ Walk Hike Time
Allow 1 hour for this hike — it’s more of a stroll, really.
Poets’ Walk Elevation Gain
The elevation gain for this hike is 275 feet (apx 85 meters).
Poets’ Walk Trail Notes & Gallery
Start at the large parking area loop and walk west, following the trail signage. Soon, you’ll see the wonderful Overlook Pavilion…
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Trailhead Info for this Hike
Large lot for a popular spot.
Google Maps Location: 41.981958, -73.918312
The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead
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