Important information about your visit.
Broad-winged Hawk Photo: Eric Lind


Important information about your visit.

Where do I park and where do I go?

Please visit our Planning a Visit page for the current parking and access information.

Is Constitution Marsh Audubon Center a park?

Constitution Marsh audubon Center & Sanctuary is wildlife preserve with a focus to maintain and restore the natural ecology and to protect the site's native plants and wildlife. 

What time can I visit the Marsh?

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary trail is open daily from sunrise to sunset. However, access is limited due to parking constraints. The trail may also be closed during the winter, depending on icy conditions. Please visit our Planning a Visit page for the current parking and access information.

What are the trail conditions?

We are a small facility, with a round-trip hike of about 1 mile. The terrain here is typical of the Hudson Highlands, and there are sections of the trail that are steep and rocky. Sturdy footwear is important and flip-flops and glass containers are not allowed on the trail. Drinking water in a reusable water bottle is highly recommended. Hazards may include ticks, inclement weather, stinging insects, poison ivy and the occasional copperhead, so please plan accordingly.

Is hunting, fishing or swimming permitted in the Marsh?​

No. The marsh is a wildlife preserve and our activities are focused on the study and protection of the natural world. Please be aware that hunting may take place nearby the Marsh during the appropriate season. More extensive hiking and other outdoor recreational opportunities can be found in the area's excellent New York State Park system.

Can I bring my dog or other pet with me?

​No dogs or other pets are allowed. Only ADA Service dogs that provide a specific task for a disability are allowed on site. Emotional support, therapy, comfort or animals that provide comfort just by being with a person are not considered service animals because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task.  Therefore, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and shall not be permitted on site.  

Pets can foul the trails, disturb other visitors and wildlife. Scenic Hudson's West Point Foundry Preserve in the village of Cold Spring is nearby, and allows leashed dogs.

Are any areas of the marsh difficult for walkers with disabilities?

Yes. Sections of the trail are steep and rocky. Please call ahead if you have a disability and would like to visit, so we can provide some helpful information.

Are your canoes for rent?

No, they are not for rent. We do offer guided tours of the Marsh at certain times in spring, summer, and fall. To learn more about our canoe programs, including fees and age requirements, please visit the canoe programs page or call us at 845-265-2601.

Can I bring my own canoe or kayak into Constitution Marsh?

You may, but please note public access is NOT at the Audubon Center, but is provided at Scenic Hudson's Foundry Dock Park in Cold Spring. Considerable planning is necessary, please visit our Paddling the Marsh page for important safety information and other information.

May I take a picnic lunch on my walk?

Yes, but please pack out your trash and recyclables. Please note that glass bottles or containers are not allowed on the trails.

Should I call if I find a sick or injured animal?

We cannot take any sick or injured wildlife. Please visit NYSDEC's website for appropriate information.

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