West Point Foundry Preserve, An Outdoor Museum

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Hikers at the 87-acre preserve enjoy the gentle murmur of Foundry Brook. That’s a far cry from the din greeting 19th-century visitors to the sprawling West Point Foundry. Established in 1817 to supply the U.S. government with artillery, the ironworks’ hundreds of employees produced some of America’s first steam engines and locomotives, as well as pipes for New York City’s water system and Parrott guns, cannons credited with winning the Civil War.

Today 1.5 miles of trails follow old rail beds and pass extensive foundry remains that led to the preserve’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. New interpretive features—including a full-scale sculptural model of a 36-foot water wheel—tell the site’s exciting story. A universally accessible trail leads from Cold Spring’s Metro-North Station past Foundry Cove and the foundry’s 1865 office building. Two miles of additional trails pass more foundry ruins and take visitors to related sites in Cold Spring, including Scenic Hudson’s Foundry Dock Park, The Chapel Restoration (originally a church built for the foundry’s Catholic employees) and well-preserved foundry-era buildings in the village. The park is also one of our 80+ workout locations for the challenge!

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