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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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Directions to Bowdoin Park

Park Hours*: 


 January 2 - February 20, 2015  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
 February 21 - March 7  8:00 am - 6:00 pm
 March 8 - April 17  8:00 am - 7:00 pm

 April 18 - May 22

 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
 May 23 - July 26  8:00 am - 9:00 pm
 July 27 - August 16  8:00am - 8:30pm
 August 17- September 7  8:00 am - 8:00pm
 September 8 - October 12

 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

 October 13 - October 31  8:00 am - 6:00 pm
 November 1 - December 31, 2015  8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Smoking is prohibited in ALL Dutchess County Parks

In 2015 Bowdoin Park will be closed on:     January 1st,  November 26th, December 25th

Pavilion Season (Pavilions 1,2,3,4)- April 11, 2015 - November 1, 2015;  Pavilion 5- March 28 - December 1, 2015

Athletic Field Season - April 18, 2015 - November 15, 2015  

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

MapleKnoll Lodge: To view the lodge appointments are necessary please call the park office.

Bowdoin Park is a picturesque 301 acre park located on the banks of the Hudson River in the Town of Poughkeepsie, NY on Sheafe Road. Scenic views, open areas for picnicking, and 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, baseball and 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 now five pavilions (4 handicapped-accessible), a  community room, two ball fields as well as two soccer fields ( please call office for details 298-4601). And let’s not forget Ellessdie Chapel or Mapleknoll Lodge with it’s impressive view -perfect for weddings, receptions and holiday parties. We’ve got it all!

For quick and easy access to the parks reservation system we recommend you  use the on-line parks reservations link on the left of this screen to set up your account on-line and use your credit card.  The 2015 year reservation system  opened to all on January 21,2015



Maple Knoll Lodge

Family-friendly special events are held at Bowdoin Park throughout the year. A holiday favorite for the past 38 years is the Haunted Mansion. Other popular events include the SPCA Pet Walks, high school (including sectional) cross-country races, baseball and soccer league tournaments and the Holiday Spirit Festival.

Please call the park office at (845) 298-4601 for more information.

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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