Where is The Highlands?

Highlands Map

Map by Thunderwing Studio; courtesy Hudson Highlands Land Trust

The name of our newspaper and website reflects the New York communities we cover: Beacon and Philipstown, which includes Cold Spring, Nelsonville, Garrison, North Highlands and Continental Village.

The Hudson Highlands are mountains on both sides of the river; on the east side, they stretch from Anthony’s Nose to Fishkill Ridge, or roughly the southern edge of Philipstown to northern edge of Beacon, a distance of about 13 miles.

The bedrock here is more than 1 billion years old, and the river is distinguished because it becomes narrower and reaches its deepest point between Garrison and West Point in a gorge dubbed “World’s End.”