Park Information

The Franny Reese Preserve, located in Highland, NY is named after the "the mother of the modern environmental movement," Frances Stevens Reese, a longtime Hudson Valley resident. "Franny" was renowned for leading the battle against Consolidated Edison's 1963 plan to build a hydroelectric facility at Storm King Mountain. She joined forces with others in the valley and helped to form the influential environmental organization Scenic Hudson (Scenic Hudson link). The 1980 "Scenic Hudson Decision" became a model law that protects the environment and gives citizens the right to challenge any construction that threatens the environment or scenery and demand alternatives. The Storm King controversy was the springboard for the Environmental Protection Act.



Haviland Rd.

Highland, NY 12528



Things to do and see

  • Scenic Hudson River views

  • 2.5 miles of historic carriage road trails

  • Picnic tables

  • Biking

  • Hiking

  • Snowshoeing trails

  • X-country skiing

  • Open year-round from dawn to dusk