Thing to Do

Top Cottage Trail

A stone house with large porch nestled among trees.

Length: 2 miles, round-trip

Difficulty: Moderate

Blaze: Green and white Hyde Park Trail Marker

Trailhead Location: Trailhead is located south of the historic core, beyond the access road to the parking lot.

Terrain: Moderate walking on woodland paths with some steep hills and rough surface in spots. 

Summary: The trail follows a road built by FDR in 1940. Follow the Hyde Park Trail blazes (green leaf).

History: This trail takes you to the highest point on the Hyde Park Trails. When you reach the summit, you will have made the same climb that kings and queens and a host of foreign leaders made during some of the most critical days of the 20th century. Top Cottage, FDR’s humble hilltop getaway hosted pivotal meetings that shaped world history. It also provided guests with a dramatic vantage point from which to view the natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley, FDR’s cherished home.

Trail map available here.

Rules & Regulations

  • Safety first!

  • Trail is open daily sunrise to sunset.

  • Bikes are not permitted on any trails at this site.

  • Garbage cans are not available. This is a Carry In,Carry Out trail.

  • Stay on marked trails only.

  • Hunting, trapping, or possession of firearms prohibited.

  • No Fires, camping, or swimming.

  • Pets must be leashed; You must clean up after your pet.

  • Removal or disturbance of flora, fauna, or cultural resources is strictly prohibited.

  • Motorized vehicles prohibited.

In Case of Emergency Call 911

Report Safety & Security Issues to (845) 229-9380
Report Trail Maintenance Issues to (845) 229-1521

1-2 Hours
Pets Allowed
Yes with Restrictions
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Year Round
Time of Day

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site

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Last updated: September 17, 2020