Boasting some of the best views of the Mid-Hudson Bridge and the Walkway over the Hudson, Franny Reese Park is a gem of a park. Like the park that bears her name, Franny Reese was a beautiful person. It's no wonder that Scenic Hudson named this picturesque park with its views of the Hudson after her.

Dubbed the First Lady of the Hudson Valley, Reese was one of the founders of Scenic Hudson. This organization is known for its fight to protect Storm King Mountain from the development of a power plant. As a part of Scenic Hudson, Reese spearheaded many local legislative programs such as Clean Water and the Clean Air Acts. She is known for shaping and protecting Hudson Valley's most beautiful areas and long heritage.

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Her park was once a part of the Cedar Glen Estate and owned by a local dentist Dr. Roberts, who eventually became a successful railroad magnate. The park overlooks the Hudson River facing the City of Poughkeepsie, once known as "Queen City of the Hudson." In 2003, Scenic Hudson purchased the park to save its natural beauty and protect it from residential development. The park contains 2.5 miles worth of trails that were once a carriage road that’s now connected to the walkway loop trail.