The Breakneck Ridge stop off the Metro-North Hudson line has long been a popular stop for hikers, situated just minutes from one of the most beloved rock scrambles in the entire state of New York. The station just reopened, but will be closed again in late 2022 for at least two years, so get up there while you can.
As of now, Metro-North is making stops at Breakneck Ridge on weekends and holidays, with six northbound trains stopping at the station every morning and five southbound trains stopping every evening.
You'll notice new safety improvements upon arriving, which includes a new pedestrian path between the northbound and southbound platforms, fencing, and wayfinding signage to assist visitors in easily accessing the hiking trails. You can see these improvements in the below video:
While the stop offers direct access to the hiking trail, you can still enjoy the Breakneck views when the station isn’t open, you’ll just have to walk about two miles from the Cold Spring stop. And come later this year, the station will indeed be shutting down again, this time until 2025.
These recent improvements were all part of a much larger project, the 7.5-mile Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail linear park, spanning from Cold Spring to Beacon, which will begin construction at the end of 2022. When that project is complete, nature lovers will have direct access to the Fjord Trail from Cold Spring, Breakneck and Beacon stops.
In the meantime, enjoy this direct access to the Breakneck Ridge trailhead from the newly reopened station. And if you’re not up for the strenuous hike at that stop (though the views are worth it!), then check out Bull Hill off the Cold Spring stop.
3 minute walk to the trailhead