If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then take a trip to Peach Hill Park in Poughkeepsie. The park offers a tranquil place to relax, unplug and discover nature. It offers a symphony of sounds, whether it be a chorus of crickets or the sweet sounds of birds chirping. The park also boasts the highest point in the Town of Poughkeepsie allowing for some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the Hudson Valley.

This park is open all year round from dusk to dawn and is located on Edgewood Drive just off the Salt Point Turnpike in Poughkeepsie. It encompasses 162 acres and was originally farmland and orchards. For centuries the land was used to grow all sorts of fruits, like peaches before becoming a commercial apple orchard in the late 1960s.

Now, it is a park that has over three miles of trails with varying levels of difficulty. The park is cared for by the volunteer organization known as The Friends of Peach Hill along with the Town of Poughkeepsie. Thanks to these organizations, the park has restored a few of its apple trees in order to re-establish that orchard feel.

The park is ideal for multiple activities with its hiking trails, picnic benches, open meadows, ponds, wetlands and wooded areas. Ideal activities for the park include hiking, cross-country skiing, bird-watching and bringing your four-legged friend as long as they're on a leash. No hunting or carrying firearms or beverages are allowed in the park as well as no ATV or motorcycles. Moreover, it should be noted that the park does have ticks and poison ivy pesticides from its previous function. As with many of our Dutchess County locations, the park plays host to several events all year long.

To find more information about Peach Hill and what is on their calendar, visit the park’s website at www.PeachHillPark.Org.