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“Best view in the Hudson Valley!!”

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary
new york
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15 reviews
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“Best view in the Hudson Valley!!”
Reviewed 26 January 2013

The views from the boardwalk are spectacular. It is the place that I most love to bring visitors from out of town. They are never disappointed. A moderate hike so wear appropriate shoes.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank mynameiskarina
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Beacon, New York
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Love nature”
Reviewed 20 June 2012

Peaceful and well maintained. My family loves to come and look for birds they can't find elsewhere.

2 Thank Marcia S
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Brewster, New York
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33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Amazing expanse of marshes, reeds, and wildlife.”
Reviewed 31 January 2012

Fantastic place to kayak or canoe. Bring a camera for sure!!

2 Thank sasha57
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New York City, New York
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920 reviews
259 attraction reviews
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“A precious spot at all times of the day”
Reviewed 23 August 2011

When visitors come to Cold Spring, the Audubon Marsh is sometimes missed in the rush to shop and dine. But if you have time, this stop is a wonderful chance to take a little hike and see some nature.

The marsh is accessible several ways. If you want to come in the main entrance, drive not quite two miles south of the center of Cold Spring Village and turn down Indian Brook Roard, right after Boscobel. You will come to an intersection with signs for parking. Park, and walk down the hill towards the river. There you will see a visitor center with a large aquarium.

Continue past to the right before or after the building and pick up the trail to the boardwalk. You will first hike up a short hill to an overlook. Sit and watch for eagles.

Then continue down the other side of the hill to the board walk. Here you can watch redwing blackbirds or muskrats, but mostly its just wonderful looking towards the north gate of the Hudson Highlands. if you come by train to Cold Spring, and don't want to walk all the way to the boardwalk, you can also see the marsh by visiting the West Point Foundry accesible at the end of Kemble Ave. Either walk the trail along the side of the hill behind the old large brick building, or just go out to the water before you get into the Foundry interpretive area. That location, where you are looking at the marsh as well as the Foundry Cove, is an excellent birding spot (and muddy at high tide).

A third way to visit is by canoe or kayak into the marsh itself. You can rent a kayak from the outfitter on Main Street in the village. You are asked not to go in at low tide. Also, its usually closed for boaters during hunting season, so that the ducks have a place to hide out.

Whichever way you visit, its a nice little trip any time of the year, and children love the hike to the board walk. The walk to and from the parking lot is a bit steep, so its not really handicapped accessible. I have not seen anyone with a stroller try it either. Its wonderful to visit anytime of the day. although for birdwatchers the best times to visit are dawn and dusk, especially in migratory seasons.

Visited August 2011
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