Beacon Mountain, locally Mount Beacon, is the highest peak of Hudson Highlands, located behind the City of Beacon, New York, in the Town of Fishkill. Its two summits rise above the Hudson River and can easily be seen from Newburgh across the river and many other places in the region. The more accessible northern peak, at 1,531 feet (467 m) above sea level, has a complex of radio antennas on its summit; the 1,610-foot (491 m) southern summit has a fire lookout tower.
Stokes State Forest’s highlights include the Appalachian Trail, and a view from Sunrise Mountain more than 1,650 feet above sea level.
Located in Ulster County, about 73 miles north of New York City, Ashokan Reservoir consists of two basins separated by a concrete dividing weir and roadway. It holds 122.9 billion gallons at full capacity and was placed into service in 1915. The Ashokan is one of two reservoirs in New York City’s Catskill Water Supply System.
Forest Park is more than 500 acres with a “knob and kettle” terrain (a series of small hills) and 165 acres of trees. The eastern section of the park contains hiking trails and bridle paths.
The 550-acre Muttontown Preserve includes the ruins of the mansion of King Zog, the last monarch in Albania. Zog fled Albania after the Italian invasion of 1939 and acquired the Knollwood Estate at Muttontown in 1951. The estate included a 60-room granite mansion originally built for Wall Street investor Charles Hudson in the early 20th century. But Zog never moved to the U.S. and sold the estate in 1955. Vandalism took its toll on the mansion, which was demolished in 1959.
Created by geologic upheavals when the Taconic and Berkshire ranges were formed, this hundred-foot-high bedrock outcropping supports 800 species of plants while offering expansive mountain views.
Standing at 11,249 feet, Mt. Hood is the highest peak in Oregon, and a potentially active volcano.
One of the 7 Wonders of Oregon, Smith Rock features towers of volcanic ash rising from a landscape of sage in Oregon’s high desert.