SYNOPSIS:  Near downtown Pawling in Dutchess County, Lakeside Park offers a scenic backdrop to hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, tennis courts, basketball courts, swimming,fishing, kayaking fitness trail, and more.

APPROXIMATE TIME: I’d suggest a couple of hours, but 20 minutes on the playground may be just what the pediatrician orders for the kids.


DIRECTIONS:  From Putnam County, head north on Route 22.  Shortly after the turn-off for Route 55, make a left at the light onto East Main Street (Look for the small, old cemetery on the northwest corner).  Go 8/10ths of a mile, bearing left at the Coulter Avenue intersection to stay on East Main Street.  Go over the train tracks and make a right onto Charles Coleman Blvd.  Drive 9/10ths of a mile and the entrance to the park will be on the left at the intersection with Corbin Road.

THE HIKE/VISIT:  Lakeside Park is 280 acres of trails, tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball courts, soccer fields,playground, fitness trail and a lake for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.  Edward R Morrow park is close by, and adds 73 acres of explore-able outdoors.

HISTORY:   The town of Pawling acquired Lakeside Park in March 2003.  Before that, it was the Holiday Hills Conference Center.  A lot of work has been done on the park, but it still have some empty buildings and some sections are obviously a work in progress.  In 2010 the town received a $100,000 grant to install the fitness trail and handicapped accessible playground.  And in 2012 Boy Scout Justin Scavone from Troop 1 Carmel built and installed three additional fitness stations on the fitness trail, adding 450 feet to the trail with his construction of elliptical, skier and air walker fitness stations.


There is a map here




Personal visits, various dates., accessed 4/21/15., visited 4/22/15., accessed 4/22/15., accessed 4/21/2015.