So, I love to hike. It’s the way I like to meditate. Plus it’s a great way to escape civilization for a bit. So, if you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet from the loud college life or simply like to hike listen up. A mere 7 minutes away from Marist is Locust Grove. This is a historic site. It was the home of Samuel F.B. Morse, a famous American inventor. He helped co-invent Morse Code. Anyhow aside from this location being a historic landmark it’s also a nature preserve and museum.
The property has a total of 5 miles of walking paths for you to hike. Fun fact about the paths is that most of them are restored roads, these were used by wagons and horse-drawn carriages. You’re literally walking on history! Cool huh?
My dad and German Shepherd Kalimba accompanied me on this trip. A few short minutes into the trails you forget that you’re in Poughkeepsie,NY. The sound of traffic fades. It’s replaced by the sound of woodpeckers and babbling streams. The scenery is WOW! It has the feel of a fairytale forest, the happy kind. There are open fields, streams, ponds, beautiful stone walls, and moss trails.
There are signs everywhere guiding you along the way. I highly recommend that you walk The Sawmill Trail. You’ll get a panoramic view of the Hudson River. This trail is my favorite one. To get the full fairy tale effect I recommend that you visit it in the spring. Why? Everything will be a beautiful green by then. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
-The Hungry Red Fox
Check out their website for more information http://www.lgny.org/
Location: 2683 S Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Travel Time: 7 minute car drive
Price Range: Trails & Garden $Free , Mansion Tour $10 Adult $6 Youth (6yrs.-18yrs.)