If you are looking for some of the top views of the Hudson Valley and you don’t want to spend too much time hiking, then the Anthony’s Nose trail is for you.
Located within the Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, Anthony’s Nose offers panoramic views of the Hudson River, the Bear Mountain Bridge, and plenty more scenic landscape from its summit.
This hiking guide will go through everything you need to know to take part of the trail and give you some more insight into what a day out on Anthony’s Nose is all about.
1) Anthonys Nose Trailhead & Routes
I figured I would start off this guide explaining the various routes and trailheads that you can choose from when going about your hike up to Anthony’s Nose.
The two most popular routes both have trailheads near the eastern side of the Bear Mountain Bridge – one north of the bridge (named Route 9D trailhead) and one south of the bridge (named Camp Smith Trailhead II). Both of these main routes are around the same length (2.5 miles), elevation gain, and difficulty.
In addition to these two, there is also a third longer route that begins in the nearby town of Manitou.
Route 9D Trailhead
The first, more talked about trail is the hike from north of the Bear Mountain Bridge. There is no parking lot at this trailhead, rather there is just parking spots on the side of the road.
If looking for the trailhead, you can type in the GPS coordinates: 41°19’21.6″N 73°58’33.2″W.
The parking spots are located on the east side of the road and depending where you end up, you may need to walk a bit on the side of the road to reach the trailhead.
Camp Smith Trailhead II
South of the Bear Mountain Bridge you will find the Camp Smith Trailhead II. This is the route that I took part of since I heard it is a bit quieter and does come with some extra viewpoints to enjoy along the way to the summit.
This trailhead does have a parking lot, however it can only fit about 10 cars. If you are looking to start from here you can either type in Camp Smith Trailhead II or the GPS coordinates 41°18’44.4″N 73°57’53.4″W into Google Maps.
→ Since I took part of this second route, that is what I will be referring to throughout the remainder of this guide.
The Manitou Route will be a longer trail (closer to 6-7 miles round trip). I would recommend this route for those taking the train to Anthonys Nose from NYC (more on that soon).
This route meets up with the Route 9D trailhead route as you can see in the map below. The GPS coordinates for the trailhead here are 41°19’47.0″N 73°57’10.1″W.
Below is a map that shows the three routes meeting up at the Anthony’s Nose summit:
2) Trail Details & Overview
Now let’s talk through some of the trail details of Anthony’s Nose. This high-level overview should give you a solid understanding of what to expect out on the trail for the main two routes.
Why It is Called Anthonys Nose
You may be wondering why it is called Anthony’s Nose in the first place. The story of the mountain name goes back to the late 1600’s.
Pierre Van Cortlandt, who once owned the mountain named the peak after a pre-Revolutionary war captain, Anthony Hogan. Apparently, he had what is called a Cyrano de Bergerac type nose that resembled the mountain itself.
How Long is Anthonys Nose
As mentioned, there are a couple different routes that can get you up to Anthony’s Nose. The round trip hike from the Camp Smith Trailhead II comes in at around 2.75 miles (with very similar mileage for the other route too).
Anthonys Nose Hike Time
Expect to spend around 2 or so hours on the round-trip hike. During my time on the trail, I logged around one and a half hours of hiking time with another 45 minutes of rest time at the various lookout points.
There is approximately 620 feet of elevation gain during the Anthonys Nose hike. While there is a mostly constant incline from the trailhead to the summit, it was the second portion of the ascent that got a bit steeper with trickier terrain.
See below for the elevation profile of the hike to get a better sense of the ups and downs of the trail.
Anthonys Nose Hike Difficulty
Overall, I would consider the Anthony’s Nose trail as an easy/moderate hike. For those experienced hikers out there, you will find the round trip hike quite easy. For the more beginner hikers, this would fall more into the moderately difficult category.
Although the trail is less than 3 miles in length, there is still several hundred feet of elevation gain. Coupled with the fact that the terrain can be quite technical at times (rocks, roots, etc.), it is does come with some difficulty.
At the end of the day though, I do believe this is a perfect hike for anyone out there who wants some views of the Hudson Valley.
3) Where is Anthonys Nose Located
Anthonys Nose is located within the Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve just north of Peekskill and just south of Manitou/Garrison/Cold Spring. You will find it along Route 9D on the east side of the Hudson River.
Directly across from the peak you will find Bear Mountain State Park and the Bear Mountain Bridge that crosses over the Hudson.
Anthonys Nose Hike from NYC
If coming to Anthonys Nose from NYC, there are a couple different ways to go about a trip – either by taking the train or by heading out in a car.
Taking the train from NYC to Anthonys Nose is the best option out there for those without a car.
On weekends, you will want to take the Metro North Railroad from Grand Central Station to Manitou along the Hudson Line.
The train ride should take around just around an hour and fifteen minutes and will drop you off at the Manitou train station. You have a few options here when it comes to how to get to a trailhead.
→ If you opt for the longer route from Manitou, you can simply walk to the trailhead from the train station and take part of the round trip hike from there (total round trip will be around 7 miles).
→ On the other hand, if you want to take part of one of the other two routes, those will require a taxi or Uber to drive the 5-10 minutes to the trailheads.
→ Alternatively, you could walk to the two trailheads from the train station, but that could be a bit dangerous as there is no sidewalk along the road (note it is 1.7 miles from the station to the Route 9D trailhead and 3 miles to the Camp Smith Trailhead II).
On weekdays, you will want to take the train to Peekskill instead as the trains don’t run to Manitou during the week (be sure to check the latest schedules so you are up to date). Your best bet here is to simply take a cab/Uber to the trailhead and back.
Instead of taking the train, you could also just drive yourself to the trailhead from NYC. The morning drive from the city should take around 1 hour without any traffic.
It is a beautiful drive up as you spend around 40 miles along the Palisades Interstate Parkway that is surrounded by nature and trees all the way through.
If following the Palisades Interstate Parkway, the route will then take you around Bear Mountain State Park, followed by crossing over the Bear Mountain Bridge to the east side of the river.
Once on the other side of the Bear Mountain Bridge, you will either make a right for the Camp Smith II trailhead or a left for the Route 9D trailhead.
Anthonys Nose Parking
As mentioned earlier, the parking situation can be a bit tricky for either trailhead.
At the Route 9D trailhead, you will only find roadside parking available on the east side of the road. You simply will need to drive slowly and find a spot safe enough to pull over. Ideally, you are able to pull over close to the trailhead, so you avoid walking too much along the road itself.
At the Camp Smith Trailhead II, you will find just a small lot directly on a curve in the road. Here you will also want to drive slowly to be certain you don’t miss the parking turnoff on the east side of the road. Below you can find a picture of what this parking lot looks like.
4) Anthonys Nose Hike Map
Here is the Anthony’s Nose hike map to give you a better idea of what the route looks like from the Camp Smith Trailhead II. You can also take a look at the map I included earlier on to see all three trails in one.
5) Anthony’s Nose Trail
From the Camp Smith II parking lot, it is time to begin the hike up to the summit. The trailhead is just along a dirt path at the back of the lot, where you will find the signboard and trail maps.
You will also see a hiking sign pointing you towards the left to Anthony’s Nose. From here, there is really just one obvious path to follow all the way through. To be certain though, you will find blue trail markers on trees and rocks during the duration of the hike.
As you are making your way up the trail, just be certain to always keep the next trail marker in view to ensure you are hiking along the correct route.
Soon after leaving the parking lot and beginning your time on the trail, you will come across a small stream. Here you will need to hop across the rocks onto the other side to continue along on the trail.
From there, the trail follows a dirt and rocky pathway that climbs its way closer to the summit. While the first portion of trail does have its uphills (and some downhills), it is on easier and less technical terrain.
Around 20 minutes into the hike, you will come across the first viewpoint, where you will begin to see more of the surrounding Hudson Valley. From here you will get some beautiful views of the Hudson River with Bear Mountain across the way and more rolling hills and mountains all around.
At this viewpoint area, you will also find a spot that is a bit more elevated. You can see in the photo below there is a rock with two blue markers on the right. If you head just past this rock, you will have a larger more scenic panorama out in front of you.
After taking in the view, head back onto the trail and follow the route along the mountain. During this portion of trail you will see some warning signs for restricted areas of the New York State Military.
As long as you simply follow the main route, you should have no worries. For the next 10 minutes or so along this pathway, you will come across additional viewpoint areas (marked on the Google Maps view that I included earlier on).
While these viewpoints are not as open as the first one, there are still some nice spots to take in the surrounding views. At the last viewpoint, you should also get a glimpse of the Bear Mountain Bridge – an introduction of what is yet to come at the summit.
Once you have made it past this last viewpoint area, the trail turns inland and begins to gain more and more elevation. You will find the route becoming more technical as there are more rocks and branches making up the trail.
You can see in the pictures below what this route looks like. There is not one set path around some of this area. Instead, you will just want to choose the best path as you follow the blue markers out in front of you.
The trail continues to climb until you reach a large open rock area. This is not the viewpoint of Anthonys Nose, rather you are just a few minutes away. You will find the blue marked rocks pointing you out in the correct direction followed by a trail sign to the Anthony’s Nose Scenic Overlook.
Follow the signs and the markers back towards the Hudson River, where you will then be welcomed to the best views of the hike.
The viewpoint area is quite large, and you can take your time to walk around the area to get some different angles of all of the surrounding landscape. You will get views looking far southbound down the winding Hudson River, the Bear Mountain Bridge to the north, and Bear Mountain State Park out in front of you.
Spend as much time as you would like taking in the views and finding a nice spot to sit back and relax at. When it comes to Hudson Valley viewpoints, this is certainly up there with the best.
After enjoying the summit, you will simply want to retrace your route back down to the parking lot. Try and be careful as you are making your way back as the terrain going downhill can be tricky to maneuver.
Once you are back though near those initial viewpoint areas, it should be an easier route to hike through as you are soon welcomed back to the trailhead parking lot.
6) Other Hudson Valley Hikes
If you want to hike other nearby trails, there are plenty of them to choose from. Here are some of my top recommendations when it comes to hikes around the area:
Bear Mountain Loop Trail
You have heard me mention Bear Mountain a few times already throughout this guide. If you want to actually hike up to the top of it, then that can be an option for you. This loop trail takes you up to the Bear Mountain summit, where you can enjoy some stunning views all the way to NYC.
Learn More: Bear Mountain Hike
Storm King Mountain
A bit further north up the Hudson River you will find Storm King Mountain. While there are a few routes to choose from, they all head through the summit. At the summit you will get some of the best Hudson River views looking northbound.
Learn More: Storm King Mountain Hike
This is another mountain that you will get to see from Anthony’s Nose. The loop trail makes its way along a river and then up the mountain, where you will need to use your scrambling skills from time to time.
Once up at the summit, you will be welcomed to a memorial dedicated to US soldiers as well as some beautiful views to enjoy. It is then down the other side of the mountain as you complete the loop.
Learn More: Popolopen Torne Hike
Just further along Route 9D, past Cold Spring, you will find the Bull Hill hike. This hike takes you up to several viewpoint spots overlooking the Hudson River. On the way down, you can also opt to visit the Cornish Estate Ruins before finishing up the loop trail.
Learn More: Bull Hill Hike
If you have done any research into Hudson Valley hikes, then odds are you have come across Breakneck Ridge. This is definitely a bit more difficult of a hike as you are required to do quite a bit of scrambling to reach the summit and various viewpoints.
The views are certainly worth it though as you get some beautiful unobstructed panoramas along the way.
Learn More: Breakneck Ridge Hike
Further north from Anthony’s Nose you will find the town of Beacon, and Beacon Mountain. The hike up to the peak is a great one as pass by the Beacon railway, some old casino ruins, and onwards to the fire tower. From the fire tower you will get arguably the best 360 degree views you can ask for in the region.
Learn More: Mt Beacon
I hope you enjoyed this guide to Anthony’s Nose and are now able to take on the trail for yourself. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to add them in below.
Also, be sure to check out some of the other New York itineraries and guides up on the site.
Have fun out there and safe travels!
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Anthony’s Nose hike is one of the most well-known hikes in the Hudson Valley and a very popular day trip from New York City. It is part of the Hudson Highlands State Park, one of the many beautiful New York State Parks scattered throughout New York.
On this short hike, you will make your way up to the famous rock formation where the trail got named after. Anthony’s Nose peak is almost directly above the east end of the Bear Mountain Bridge, so expect beautiful views of the Hudson River, spectacular waves of mountain ranges, and the iconic Bear Mountain Bridge.
Make sure to read this post to get all the essential information about Anthony’s Nose parking, how to hike the Anthony Nose trail, recommendations for more fun activities, and unforgettable hikes in the Hudson Valley.
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How Do I Get to Anthony’s Nose Trailhead?
Anthony’s Nose is located on the northern end of Westchester County along the east side of the Hudson River in the town of Cortlandt, New York. From New York City it is easy to reach with public transportation or a personal vehicle.
How Do You Get to Anthony’s Nose by Train?
Take the Metro-North train from Grand Central to Cortlandt via the Hudson Line. From there, it is about a 10-minute ride to the trailhead. You can easily book an Uber or Lyft for the last stretch.
How Do You Get to Anthony’s Nose by Car?
It is about a 60 to 90-minute drive, depending on where you are coming from in New York City. The shortest way is from the middle of Manhattan. Plan on driving for an hour or so depending on traffic at the time you are going. You will want to take the Palisades Interstate Parkway North to the Anthony’s Nose trailhead.
Want to enjoy more of the Hudson Valley area? Rent a car for your trip to the Anthony Nose trail.
Different Trail Options
Before heading out to hike the Anthony Nose trail, be aware that there are 3 different trailhead options to choose from. In this post, we concentrate on the route from the trailhead off of Route 9D following the Appalachian Trail to Camp Smith Trail. Here is an overview of the various routes you can take:
1. Trailhead off of Route 9D
The Anthony’s Nose trailhead is located on the east side of the Bear Mountain Bridge off of 9D. You will find the start of the trail on the right-hand side of the road if you are traveling from south to north. You should have no problem spotting the trailhead as you get closer.
2. Trailhead II
You can also start from Anthony’s Nose Trailhead II which will add about 0.3 of a mile to your hike. Simply put Anthony’s Nose Trailhead II into Apple Maps to find the directions to the trailhead. In case you are not using Apple Maps, here is the address of the trailhead:
5 Bear Mountain Bridge Rd
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
3. Bear Mountain Toll House
Your last option is to hike to Anthony’s Nose from the Bear Mountain Toll House along the Camp Smith Trail. This is the longest and most strenuous way to reach Anthony’s Nose. The hike will be about 7.5 miles in length.
Refer to Anthony’s Nose Trail Map to see where the different trailheads for the hike are located.
What to Expect On Anthony’s Nose Hike
Anthony’s Nose Trail Map – Below is a Google Map locating the 3 different trailhead options to Anthony’s Nose Hike. Be sure to save this Google Map for your trip to the Anthony Nose Trail.
General Information about the Anthony’s Nose Hike
Length: 1.9 miles
Type of Hike: Out and Back
Elevation Gain: 675 ft
Location / Parking: Off of Route 9D in Cortlandt near the Bear Mountain Bridge
By the time you get to the trailhead, which is easily spotted by a sign with some information, we are sure you are eager to start your climb up to Anthony’s Nose to take in the view everyone is talking about.
The trail is an immediate steady uphill climb for just over 0.5 of a mile. Follow the white blaze trail markers which are specifically designated for the Appalachian Trail. After your legs get a nice quick burning sensation, you will come to an intersection. Here, make a left to now follow the blue blaze trail markers for the Camp Smith Trail. The blue markers will lead you to Anthony’s Nose.
The Camp Smith Trail (blue) widens and opens up quickly. After about 10 minutes, you will see a sign for the viewpoint. Just off to the right of this sign, there is the legendary Anthony’s Nose peak at 899’ feet.
You will know you have made it to the right spot since you will be greeted with tons of fellow hikers and an American Flag waving in the wind. Check out that view overlooking the Hudson River, and the Hudson Valley Region as a whole. You made it! Can you spot the Bear Mountain Bridge and the Bear Mountain State Park across the way?
Top Tip: Be Prepared for the Wind → Since you are hiking to the top of a mountain, you can expect it to be a tad windy up there. Depending on the time of year you are hiking, you may want to carry a light or midweight jacket to protect yourself at the top.
If you are looking for a more quiet and less crowded place to enjoy a little picnic on top of the mountain, you can relax on the adjacent peak which you can access from just left of the sign which led you to Anthony’s Nose. But do keep in mind that the views are not as spectacular as Anthony’s Nose peak.
Top 5 Hiking Essentials for Every Hike
Day Hiking Packs
Deuter is one of the top brands for hiking packs and just happens to be our favorite. We currently use the Deuter Speed Lite 22 SL which has a more slimming design to fit a women’s back perfectly.
Insulated Water Bottle or Hydration Pack
We found out very quickly that having a good insulated water bottle makes a world of difference on our hiking trips. Personally, we love the Hydroflask 32 oz. Wide Mouth insulated water bottle which comes in many different designs. Additional accessories we like for our Hydroflask are the 32 oz Straw Lid, packable bottle sling, and Flex Boot. Other top brands we would recommend are Camelback and Yeti.
Durable Hiking Footwear
Hiking up the mountains in the Hudson Valley area requires sturdy hiking boots you can trust. We currently (mostly) use the Columbia Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boot and are totally satisfied with them, especially because they are lighter than many other boots.
Comfortable Hiking Socks
Trust us, a quality hiking sock with a good cushion can make a huge difference in how your feet will feel after any hike. Our absolute favorite hiking sock brand is Darn Tough.
There is never a hike we go on without having our photography gear with us. Peak Design with its many smart photography accessories makes capturing our adventurous hiking moments so much easier. Our ultimate favorite is their capture clip which simply attaches your camera to your backpack for quick accessibility.
FAQs for Anthony’s Nose Hike
1. Is Anthony’s Nose a Hard Hike?
Anthony’s Nose hike difficulty is considered to be moderate. If we had to rate this hike on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most difficult and 1 being the easiest, Anthony’s Nose hike difficulty would land around a 6. What makes the Anthony’s Nose hike difficulty a 6, is the section of a steep incline that requires a little bit of endurance. Once you reach the top of this steep section, you will still have a small incline but it is much more gradual.
2. How Long Does it Take to Hike Anthony’s Nose?
Plan around 2 hours for the complete out and back hike. You can most likely reach Anthony’s Nose peak in under an hour depending on your shape and how fast you like to hike. Take into consideration that a portion of the trail is a steep uphill climb. If you are the type of person to enjoy a break frequently to take a breath or snap a bunch of photos, you may need some extra time. The way down is usually a little shorter.
Don’t forget that the highlight of the trail is waiting for you at the top. Plan enough time to take in the views, you truly deserve it after that climb.
3. What is the Best Season for Anthony’s Nose Hike?
One of our favorite times of the year to hike the Hudson Valley is during the Fall season to enjoy the unique New York fall foliage. Being high above the Hudson River, the climb up to Anthony’s Nose provides perfect unobstructed views of the area’s bright fall colors.
Nearby Attractions in the Hudson Valley
The following attractions are listed based on the distance they are away from the Anthony’s Nose hike, beginning with the shortest. All attractions are within a 30 minutes drive from the trailhead.
Bear Mountain State Park – Bear Mountain State Park offers various recreational activities from hiking, biking, picnicking, swimming, paddling, and more. The Perkins Memorial Tower is a popular park attraction. The state park is located on the opposite side of the Bear Mountain Bridge.
Cold Spring, NY – Cold Spring, rated as one of the most picturesque towns in the Hudson Valley, is located approximately 8 miles north of Anthony’s Nose Hike. Wander along visiting the historic landmarks and dine in one of the charming restaurants after an exciting day of hiking.
West Point Foundry Preserve – Just on the other side of Anthony Nose trail is the West Point Foundry Preserve. Here, you can walk on various hiking trails to learn more about the old grounds of the area’s most important industrial site.
Harriman State Park – One of the biggest New York State Parks attracts visitors with numerous lakes, hiking trails, beaches, and camping areas to enjoy. The best thing is it is just about 13 minutes southwest of Anthony’s Nose.
Bannerman Castle – There are several options to take a tour of Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island. No matter if you book a boat tour, or take an adventurous kayaking trip to the island, you will be fascinated by the gorgeous scenery and rich history of the grounds.
West Point (United States Military Academy) – Visit the respected West Point (Military Academy) located just 20 minutes from the Anthony Nose trail. Check out all the West Point Tours offered to find the best one for you to dive deeper into the military role of this interesting area.
Beacon, NY – 15 miles north of Anthony Nose trail you will find the trendy town of Beacon. Take a walk down Main Street for lively restaurants, bars, and unique shops. You can’t miss Beacon Falls, the town’s beautiful waterfall.
Newburgh, NY – Take the drive across the river to Newburgh and enjoy a special dinner on the waterfront. There is a variety of restaurants with different price ranges you can choose from that sit along the Hudson River.
More New York Hiking Trails
Breakneck Ridge Trail – This trail is one of the most popular Hudson Valley hiking destinations. The roughly 3.2-mile loop uphill with tough steep inclines is a challenge, but you get rewarded with outstanding views of the Hudson Valley when you arrive at the top.
Cornish Estate Trail – This easy 1.8-mile scenic hike through the woods leads you to the historic ruins of the Cornish Estate. See how nature has taken back the area of a once-living and thriving homestead. It is a real paradise for lovers of spooky places or history geeks who love to admire old structures.
Indian Brook Falls Trail – Take a walk on this very short ungroomed hiking trail leading to a charming Hudson Valley waterfall. This trail can sometimes be overlooked by the more popular Constitution Marsh area down the road.
Minnewaska State Park Trails – Enjoy more of New York’s outstanding hiking trails in Minnewaska State Park. Each trail offers a different feature from plunging waterfalls, dramatic cliffs, lakes, and more. This is one of our absolute favorite places to hike in the area.
Mount Beacon – If you are in for a long steep climb, give the Mount Beacon trail a try. Most hikers will call it quits when they make it to the overlook of the Hudson River, but you can also keep pushing to climb up Mount Beacon Fire Tower to get a 360-degree view.
Storm King Mountain – A moderate 2.4 miles climb with tons of scenic vistas will bring you up to the top of Storm King Mountain. The trail is a perfect combination of climbing and hiking for all types of hikers to enjoy.
Hudson Valley Accommodations
New York’s Hudson Valley is filled with beautiful accommodations throughout the region. But searching for hotels just located in the Hudson Valley may be overwhelming and won’t point you in the right direction.
What was Your Favorite Experience on the Anthony’s Nose Hike?
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Our Other Resources for Hudson Highlands State Park
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- How to See the Picturesque Indian Brooks Falls
- Hiking Breakneck Ridge: How Tough Actually is this Hike
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I’ve done the Anthony’s Nose hiking trail and in this post would like to share 5 important things you should know before going on it.
All things considered, this hike is pretty straight forward to do, but there’s also several things worth mentioning before you try it just so you’re better prepared (and know your options too).
Here are the 5 things to know about the Anthony’s Nose hiking trail:
- There are 2 ways to do it (a short and long trail).
- It’s one of the most popular trails in the Hudson River Valley.
- It intersects with the Appalachian trail.
- The best part of it is the actual overlook.
- There are far better trails near Anthony’s Nose I recommend exploring (I rate this as a 2 out of 5).
I’ll quickly go over each thing in a moment, but to me, the most important part is the last one, because there’s a bunch of awesome hiking trails near this one you can do in one day.
Either way, all of these make for great day hikes near NYC to explore!
1) There’s 2 ways to do the Anthony’s Nose hiking trail:
The first thing you should note is that it’s an in and out trail (not a loop trail) and you have 2 starting points available to do it.
I’ve attached a map (right) indicating where you can park your car to then start the trail.
- The short trail (point A) is only about 2 miles in and out trail overall.
- The long trail (point B) is about 8 miles in and out.
They both cross the same famous overlook, so depending on your physical level and time permitted, you can choose which option hiking trail option suites you better.
One thing to note is that point A’s entrance to this trail is limited on parking space (it’s right off road 9D), while point B is a lot bigger (off route 202, so if you intend to do the point A option, start early if you want to find parking.
Additionally, point A is a bit more steep from the parking lot to the top, whereas the point B hike is a bit more of a gradual incline up to Anthony’s Nose.
2) It’s one of the most popular hiking trails in the Hudson River area:
I’d say it’s in the top 5 hiking trails you’ll find in the Hudson River Valley, and it mainly has to do with the views you find at the main overlook area. But further below, I’ll also show you other trails I highly recommend checking out that are even better in my opinion than this one.
3) A small section of it intersects with the Appalachian trail:
My hike to Anthony’s Nose began at point A and right as I started it, 3 hikers walked past me with giant bags. I asked them which hike they’re doing, and the replied with “The Appalachian trail”.
They began in Georgia and were headed to Maine (where it ends). With this version of the hike, you’ll cross about 1/2 a mile of the Appalachian trail, a cool little thing worth mentioning.
4) The best part of the Anthony’s Nose hike is the overlook (possibly the only good part):
This hike might be popular, but for me, I was happy to do the short version of the trail because there were very few areas worth checking out on my way up to the overlook and when I arrived, I met 2 other hikers that started at point B.
I asked them if there’s anything worth looking at from their version of the trail and the said not really, and that’s mostly wooded areas.
If nothing else, the overlook is definitely amazing (as you can see). The day I went there, it was pretty cloudy (and a little rainy), but overall, the views you get there are definitely one of the best I’ve seen with all the hikes I’ve done close to NYC.
On this overlook, you’ll:
- Stand above the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge.
- See Bear Mountain State Park and the Hudson River Valley.
But aside from that, in my opinion, there really isn’t anything else worth seeing on that trail.
And this is why the last thing you need to know about Anthony’s Nose is:
5) There are far more exciting hikes to explore near Anthony’s Nose:
If you’re like me and you enjoy challenging and adventurous (and scenic hikes), I can promise you that there’s several, better options available near this location that you can check out. Here’s just a few:
1) Hudson Highlands State Park (20 minutes north). Here, you’ll specifically want to check out these 3 hikes:
- Breakneck Ridge (great for people who love challenges).
- Bull Hill Short Loop (great scenic hike for beginners-moderate hikers).
- Little Stony Point (only 1 mile, but it’s extremely scenic and fun to check out).
2) Next up is Harriman State Park (20 minutes away). This park has many fun hikes to explore and here are several options:
- Reeves Brook Loop trail (good for beginner-moderate hikers).
- Dater Mountain Loop trail (also good for beginners).
- There are also a lot of other hiking trails you can check out on the map and form your own trail.
- Additionally, you can also find cool abandoned mines in this park.
3) Bear Mountain State Park (5 minutes away). I’m not the biggest fan of this park as there isn’t much to see in terms of hikes, but it’s still better than Anthony’s Nose (and it’s close) so you can check that out.
4) Giant Stairs Palisades (20 minutes south). It’s a fun, short hike you’ll find of the Palisades Parkway in New Jersey.
5) Sterling Forest State Park (30-40 minutes west). This is a giant park by Harriman State Park where you’ll find a lot of trails and fun hikes to explore.
6) Long Pond Ironworks State Park (30 minutes away too). This park isn’t as interesting as the others, but I’d still place the stuff you can do here on a higher level than what you can do at Anthony’s Nose!
I’m pretty sure all of these options I just listed are hiking trails you’ll have more fun on than Anthony’s Nose.
I’m not trying to bash it or anything and this is my opinion, but again, for me, there was nothing really fun to check out there other than the actual overlook. It’s also why there aren’t that many pictures of this place for me to show (because there’s not much to see).
I like hikes with more than a few places to see and check out and every alternative hike I just listed has just that (and more). There’s challenging trails, fire towers (Breakneck Ridge and Sterling Forest), waterfalls, old ruins, scrambles and much more to explore in all of these areas.
Best stuff to wear for hiking Anthony’s Nose (other any other recommendation here):
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|Teton Sports Oasis:|
My top recommendation for hiking backpacks is easily the Teton Sports Oasis. It’s lightweight, affordable, durable and can hold just about everything you need for a day hike.
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|Salomon Speedcross 5:|
My top pick for hiking/trail running shoes is easily the Salomon Speedcross 5. I’ve used these in every environment imaginable and they are amazing for grip, safety and reliability. There are many colors, for men and women available.
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|Randy Sun Waterproof Socks:|
These socks have literally saved me from catching hypothermia. They are 100% waterproof, very reliable and highly recommended for any hikes where your feet/legs are going to get wet and when they do, these socks WILL protect you (I have 3 pairs).
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|Salomon ADV HYDRA VEST:|
A trail running vest is highly recommended if you enjoy trail running and this is the one I’ve been using on numerous hikes. It’s very comfortable, holds about 3 liters of water and has space for even more stuff.
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|TrailBuddy Trekking Poles: |
I used to underestimate the value of trekking poles until I got these. They literally extended my hiking longevity, help me hike 2x as long, protect my joints and are super convenient to carry. Also very affordable!
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Questions about exploring Anthony’s Nose:
Is Anthonys Nose a hard hike?
There are 2 ways to do the Anthony’s Nose hike. One is short (1 mile), but strenuous and the other is 4 miles in and out, moderate but long.
Can dogs hike Anthony’s Nose?
Yes, you can bring dogs to hike Anthony’s Nose, but on a leash.
Is Anthony’s Nose part of the Appalachian Trail?
The short version of the Anthony’s Nose hike intersects with the Appalachian Trail, but only for about 1/4 miles.In any case, if you have anymore questions or do decide to do the Anthony’s Nose hiking trail, that this article helps you do the way you want, and also enjoy the nearby hikes and activities.