The Hyde Park Healthy Trails Walkabout is an annual program to encourage walking for health. The Walkabout is open to local residents and visitors alike.
Developed in partnership with the Dutchess County Department of Community and Behavioral Health, the Walkabout encourages enjoying Hyde Park’s trails throughout the year -- not only for health and wellness, but also for the learning and appreciation of the natural and historic landscapes that make Hyde Park such a special place. And besides, it’s just plain fun.
How to Walkabout
Participants who complete at least five Hyde Park trails in a given year may earn a free, themed trail patch. The Hyde Park Trail Committee creates a new patch each year, featuring a natural or historical feature that relates to Hyde Park Trails.
Walkabout Map and Guide
A free Walkabout trail map/guide is available at the National Park Service visitor centers, at the Town of Hyde Park Recreation office at Hackett Hill, and at most trailhead kiosks. Or download and print your own copies:
The Walkabout is typically launched with a guided hike in April, during Earth Day week (which is also National Park Week). From the Walkabout “kickoff” hike in April, you have until April of the following year to earn your patch.