Bowdoin Park

Public Works - Parks
Steven Olsen, Parks Director


Dutchess County Bowdoin Park
85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Phone: (845) 298-4600

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Bowdoin Park Nature and Hiking Trail System Map (.pdf)​
Bowdoin Park Cross Country (XC) Course Map (.pdf)



Hours of park operation for 2018-2019:

December 1, 2018 - February 8, 2019

 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 February 9 - March 9

 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

 March 10 - April 12

 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

 April 13 - June 7

 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

  June 8 - July 21

 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

 July 22 - September 2

 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

 September 3  - October 13

 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

 October 14 - November 2

 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

 November 3 - December 31

 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


    All 2019 Parks facility rentals can be made starting January 16, 2019 at 9:30am. Use the Parks online reservation system or call the Park Office @ 845-298-4600

                              In 2019 Bowdoin Park will be closed on: January 1st, November 28th, and December 25th.



Park Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Park office is closed on ALL Dutchess County observed holidays. (LINK to County calendar of holidays)


Bowdoin Park is a picturesque 301 acre park located on the banks of the Hudson River, off Sheafe Road, in the Town of Poughkeepsie, NY.  Scenic views of the Hudson River, open areas for picnicking, an award-winning handicapped-accessible playground area and a water spray park are just the beginning of what Bowdoin Park has to offer.

Enjoy Our Dutchess County Parks


Into sports?  We offer facilities to play soccer and  2 softball fields as well as a nationally recognized cross-country race course. Or just stroll along our 4+ miles of well maintained trails. View the wetland areas from the two built-in boardwalks and observe the wildlife undisturbed or just sit on a bench and enjoy the beauty of the park.


Having an event? Bowdoin Park is the place to be! Whatever your needs: there are five pavilions , a  community room, two softball fields, two soccer fields, a sand volleyball court, Gaga Pit and half-court basketball court. And let’s not forget the historic Ellessdie Chapel or the Mapleknoll Lodge with its impressive view -perfect for weddings, receptions and holiday parties. We’ve got it all!  Use this link to view more information about all of the Bowdoin Park Rental Facilities available for your use.  Information about the fees associated with use of these facilities is available at Bowdoin Park Fee Schedule.”



Maple Knoll Lodge


Dutchess County Parks has a park facility reservation system for all of our facilities that are available for rent in the parks.  For quick and easy access to the parks reservation system, use this link to set up your account on-line and use your credit card.  2019 rentals can be made starting January 16, 2019 at 9:30am. 

Use of some of these facilities is seasonal and the following dates apply:

Pavilion Season - Pavilions 1-4 - April 13, 2019 - November 3, 2019

                              Pavilion 5 - March 23 - December 15, 2019

Athletic Field Season - April 13, 2019- November 10, 2019  


Driving Directions

From the Beacon Newburgh Bridge:

Immediately after paying toll at bridge, you'll find the ramp for Route 9D on the right. Take the ramp and at the light make a left onto Route 9D. Proceed on Route 9D for approximately 4 miles until you arrive at the hamlet of Hughsonville (There is a four way intersection with a traffic light. There is also a Metro North sign for New Hamburg). Make a left at the light onto New Hamburg Rd./County Route 28.  Proceed on this road for approximately 1 mile. At the end of Route 28, make a right turn onto Main Street. Proceed up the hill, where Main Street becomes Channingville Road, and shortly after the firehouse and deli on the left is Sheafe Road. Turn left onto Sheafe Road and proceed for approximately 1 mile to the Bowdoin Park entrance on the left.

From the Mid-Hudson Bridge and Route 9 South:

From Route 9W, come across the Mid-Hudson Bridge and take the ramp on the right immediately after leaving the bridge, this is for Route 9 South. Stay on Rt. 9 South for approximately 6 miles until you see the Bonefish Grill Restaurant on your right. Just after the restaurant take the next right (see green sign for Bowdoin Park) onto Sheafe Road.

At the stop sign (approximately ½ mile down), bear right and proceed another 2 1/2 miles on Sheafe Road. The entrance for Bowdoin Park is on the right just after Chapel.

From Route 84 Fishkill – Route 9 North Exit 13:

Take Exit 13N (Rt. 9) from I84. From light at exit, proceed approximately 9 miles north on Route 9 to traffic light just beyond the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall (get in far LEFT lane.) At light (Rt. 9 & Spring Rd.) you will make a left onto Post Road (Hudson Motors is on left) and go to bottom of hill to stop sign. At stop sign make a left onto Sheafe Road. Follow Sheafe Road for about 2 ½ miles to Bowdoin Park’s entrance on right just after Chapel.


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