Four Mile Point

This waterfront park offers the opportunity to explore a wetland abounding with wildlife as well as dramatic river vistas and a picturesque shoreline that's a perfect picnic destination.

observation platform at Four Mile pointFour-mile point features a universally accessible marsh viewing platform.

Coxsackie, Greene County (7 acres)—Located midway in the Hudson River's eight-mile course between Hudson and Coxsackie (hence its name), Four-Mile Point long was a hive of activity. For 6,000 years, it was the site of a Native American tool-making workshop; the long stone blades fashioned here were used to butcher fish and game. In the 19th century, a large icehouse stored frozen blocks cut from the river — as much as 55,000 tons worth — awaiting shipment to Manhattan during warmer months. While traces of this bustling past remain, the land now invites more tranquil pursuits. In fact for a small park, there's an awful lot to explore. An observation platform invites up-close inspection of a small wetland that furnishes critical habitat for birds and amphibians. Grand Hudson River views await those who reach a bluff-top overlook. And the walk is all downhill to the piece de resistance — the river itself, where a fishing pole, a kayak or a picnic would come in handy, but none are necessary to savor the scenic splendor.

Park Features

  • Bird watching/nature study
  • Dog walking (on leash)
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking & canoeing
  • Featured Atlantic Kayak Tours destination
  • Picnicking
  • Walking
  • X-country skiing & snowshoeing (ungroomed trails)

When to visit

Year-round daily dawn to dusk. Allow 1 hour.

Trails

A short, wide trail leads to the sites described above.

Directions & Map

Crossing Rip Van Winkle Bridge from east to west, turn right at first traffic light onto Route 385 north. Continue 7.6 miles. Right on Four-Mile Point Rd. Parking area on left. View Larger Map

Maps & Resources

Four-Mile Point Preserve Trail map (jpg, 312K)

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