New York State is filled with hidden gems that we continue to learn about. The Hudson Valley is a place where history buffs can discover the told and untold stories of the past.

There's a hidden oasis in Woodstock, NY that people always miss. The Woodstock Waterfall Park is a must see in the Woodstock, NY area and close to all of the local businesses along Tinker Street.

A former Hudson Valley racetrack is now a hidden nature preserve.

The Race Track Nature Preserve was established in the 1880's and was a horse racing and dog showground.Today, nature lovers can explore this beautiful area in Tuxedo Park, NY.

From unknown Hudson Valley oasis to nature preserves, there's a lot to explore in each county. Be sure to add this hidden island to your New York State bucket list.

Did You Know About New York State's Hidden Island?

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shared information about one of New York State's hidden islands.

This island is located within Rockland County, NY and in the Town of Stony Point. Not only is it free to visit but it's open all year round.

"Iona Island is a bedrock island in the midst of the Hudson Highlands, bordered to the west and the southwest by Salisbury and Ring Meadows, two large tidal marshes, the mouth of Doodletown Bight, an expanse of shallows and mudflats"

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Iona Island Is Located In A Popular Hudson Valley Park


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation explained that this island is located in the popular Bear Mountain State Park.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation continued to share that there was a separate island that was attached to Iona Island in the 20th century called Round Island.

Iona Island is special for many reasons but most importantly because it's part of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. It also has been mentioned by the National Park Service.

"Iona Island and its associated tidal wetlands have been designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service."

Did you know that Iona Island is on 556 acres?

How Can Guests Visit Iona Island In Rockland County, NY?

Facebook, Scenic Hudson
Facebook, Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson provided pictures of Iona Island.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shared that there's free public canoe programs which are offered during the summer months. Visitors must also know that there isn't any public canoeing and kayaking options on site.

They also explained,

"All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum."


"Iona Island Parking Area and scenic overlook (41.302794°N, 73.978351°W) Google Maps."

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shared directions to Iona Island. They mentioned that guests enter in from the west side of the Hudson River which is also south of Bear Mountain Bridge, they can access Iona Island.

They claimed that it's accessible by car as well and how the Bear Mountain Parkway Parking Area is the place to enjoy a scenic overlook and views of this hidden island.

Specific visiting and parking instructions can be found on The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's website.

What Is There To See On Iona Island In Bear Mountain State Park?

Scenic Hudson, New City Library
Scenic Hudson, New City Library

The Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve mentioned what guests can see when they visit Iona Island in the Hudson Valley.

They explained that there's a variety of animals ranging from deer, turtles, fish, frogs, crabs and more that reside on this island. During the winter months, guests may see bald eagles.

Additional information about Iona Island can be found on the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve's website.

Have you been to this hidden island before? Would you visit? Tell us more below.

6 Things You Didn't Know Were Invented In New York State

In New York state, there are inventions that we may not have been aware of that were created here. 

There are also everyday items and food that we're glad that were made.

Gallery Credit: Allison Kay

5 Must See Scenic Drives In The Hudson Valley

When was the last time that you took the scenic route or the back road? There's something so peaceful about taking in the views of the beautiful farmland and the smells of fresh grass with the windows down. 

The next time that you're out for a drive, take one of these scenic routes to capture the beauty of the area that we get to call home.


Gallery Credit: Allison Kay