Grounds & Trails

LandscapeThe Wilderstein Historic Site is located on a wooded bluff overlooking the Hudson River in Rhinebeck, New York. The estate consists of 40 acres created over a century ago in the American Romantic Style by landscape architect Calvert Vaux. During his career, Vaux enjoyed an important association with Frederick Law Olmsted.

At Wilderstein, Calvert Vaux created an intricate network of carriage drives, walks, and trails adorned with specimen trees and ornamental shrubs. The landscape plan entails well-chosen prospect points marked by rustic gazebos and sheltered garden seats. The trail system that traverses the property is approximately three miles long and takes about one hour to hike. Vaux’s reverence for nature, always clearly and thoughtfully expressed in his work, is still evident.

Wilderstein’s grounds are open year-round, daily from 9am until 4pm. There is no charge to walk the grounds and trails. Parking for the trails is available off Morton Road near Wilderstein’s Gate Lodge during hours the mansion is not open for tours.

Click here to view our trail guide.