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ROOSEVELT FARM LANE TRAIL:
HYDE PARK, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: August 18, 2018
Length: Roosevelt Farm Lane Trail; 2.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate. Hilly, winding gravel trail
To Start from the FDR Visitor Center parking lot; From the junction of Route 9 and the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie travel north on Route 9 for about 5 miles. Left takes you to the FDR Visitor Center parking lot, right leads to the Route 9 Roosevelt Farm Lane parking lot.
The Roosevelt Farm Lane Trail is a restored carriage lane connecting the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Sites, once the location of FDR's tree plantation. The Farm Lane Trail, now owned by National Park Services, is part of the HYDE PARK TRAIL connecting historic sites and local parks that often traverses old carriage paths. Biking only permitted March-November. For more information visit; NPS FDR NHS .
Starting from the FDR Visitor Center parking lot; Follow the entrance/exit road to the stone cottage on your left. Turn right where it say "additional parking". Travel past the old residence keeping straight along an old road (closed to traffic) this brings you to Route 9. Head left to a cross-light. Follow a grass/gravel trail past the Roosevelt Farm Lane parking lot on your left. This brings you around to a map board at 0.3 miles. Head into heavy woodland (Roosevelt Farm & Forest) along the Roosevelt Farm Lane Trail. This direction is more uphill then down. Cross a wooden bridge before coming to an intersection at 0.5 miles. Head left. No biking allowed on side trails. Cross a bridge over Maritje Kill at 1.2 miles. Pass the Moses Smith Farmstead Ruins before coming to an intersection at 2 miles.
Note; Left leads to the Route 9G Roosevelt Farm Lane parking lot.
Continue straight to a cross-walk over Route 9G. Follow the paved entrance road to Eleanor Roosevelt NHS "Val-Kill". Travel past open fields before coming to the Eleanor Roosevelt NHS "Val-Kill" parking lot after 2.4 miles. If you continue straight you'll cross over Fall Kill with a nice pond formed on your left. This takes you to the Eleanor Roosevelt Center "Val-Kill" at 2.5 miles.
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