Anthony’s Nose via the AT

Hudson River and Iona Island

Distance: 1 mile (one way)

Type: Out and back

Difficulty: Moderate

The Anthony’s Nose Trail is a popular hike in the southern section of Hudson Highlands State Park, gaining quick elevation along the Appalachian Trail before veering off to its destination. This particular route is the shorter, but steeper route up to the panoramic overlook.

Anthony’s Nose Trail Description

The trail begins along Highway 9W just east of the Bear Mountain Bridge, ascending the south/east side of the road along the Appalachian Trail. You quickly gain elevation as the trail wastes no time in climbing up the short mountain. Here and there you’ll find a nice break from the near constant elevation gain, as you also pass house-sized boulders.

Follow the switchbacks up as you begin to notice the road noise beginning to fade into the trees below. You’ll soon reach a junction with a blue trail, leading to Anthony’s Nose to the right, as the Appalachian Trail heads left. A short climb deep in the forest ensues as you’re led up to grassy hills below a high forest canopy.

As you make your way toward a large bend in the trail, you’ll pass a quiet pond lying still among the forest trees. The road noise is quiet here, allowing the only audible sounds to penetrate through to the natural scene being birds, bugs, and breezes.

Continue up along the ridge top, snaking through the woods, before climbing a rocky slab that will lead you up to Anthony’s Nose, with the Hudson River wrapping around the base of the mountains below. On the opposite shore, Bear Mountain rises up above the Bear Mountain Bridge and all other nearby mountains and hills. Far to the south, the Tappan Zee Bridge can be seen shooting out of the water. The panoramic view from the top of Anthony’s Nose is a beautiful sight to see, so be sure to soak it in and explore the surrounding terrain from the comfort of a natural perch high above the surrounding landscape. When you’re ready, head back the same way you came, or if you have a shuttle car, head down either the Camp Smith Trail, or farther up the Appalachian Trail.

American Flag Flying on Anthony's Nose

Getting There

From Peekskill, head out of town to the 202 and head north toward the Bear Mountain Bridge for 3.6 miles, continuing on the highway to the right as you pass the Bear Mountain Bridge. Look for parking on the right side of the road immediately after and find the trailhead a short distance beyond.

Elevation Profile for Anthony's Nose via the AT
Elevation Profile for Anthony’s Nose via the AT, courtesy of Route Scout

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