Trailside Museums and Zoo is a journey through local ecology and history shaped by natural forces and human endeavours.  A visit brings you up close to some of the animals native to this area.  Trailside’s animal residents are non-releasable as they were either permanently disabled due to injuries or orphaned before learning how to survive on their own.  The animals are well cared for and live here for the remainder of their lives. The trail is a very short section of the Appalachian Trail (about 2,200 miles long) from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.  The trail through Trailside is paved and suitable for strollers to wheelchairs.   The trail provides spectacular views of the Hudson River and Highlands and connects Fort Clinton on the grounds at Trailside to Fort Montgomery.  There are 4 museums that introduce you to more native animals, geology, and history from Native Americans, settlers, Revolutionary War and even Daniel Beard (a founder of the Boy Scouts).