Created to ferry rail cars across the Hudson, this man-made peninsula now connects people to the river's power and majesty.
The new kayak pavilion at Long Dock Park photo: Robert Rodriguez, Jr.
Beacon, Dutchess County (15 acres)—A critical 19th-century transportation link between New England and points west, Long Dock once contained a rail ferry terminal, warehouses and other buildings. More recently, it was home to an oil terminal, salt-storage facility and junkyard. All traces of its commercial and industrial past have been removed to create an exciting riverfront destination boasting a kayak pavilion and beach for launching boats, rehabilitated wetlands and meadows that attract wildlife, and the restored, historic Red Barn, now Scenic Hudson's River Center for arts and environmental-education activities. One of the most popular attractions in the park, at Long Dock's tip, is Beacon Point, a shoreline installation by renowned artist George Trakas. The work projects out over the river (at high tide, water actually flows through it), making this a perfect place to fish, sunbathe and admire magnificent vistas of Newburgh Bay and the Hudson Highlands.
A historic barn at Long Dock Park has been transformed into Scenic Hudson’s River Center, which offers arts and environmental education programs.
- Access via train
- Bird watching/nature study
- Dog walking (on leash)
- Food nearby
- Launch site for kayaks & canoes
- Limited seasonal storage for kayaks & canoes (determined via annual lottery)
- Kayak tours and rentals available from Mountain Tops Outfitters
- Universally accessible
- X-country skiing & snowshoeing (ungroomed trails)
Universally accessible walking paths connect the park's myriad amenities. There also is a link to the 1-mile Klara Sauer Trail (named for Scenic Hudson's former president), which spans the waterfront from the Beacon train station to Denning's Point State Park. Dia:Beacon is a short walk uphill from the park.
When to visit
Year-round daily dawn to dusk. PLEASE NOTE: an electronic gate blocks access to the park after dark. Closing times vary seasonally, as follows:
|Nov. 1–March 13||6:30 p.m.|
|March 14–Memorial Day||8 p.m.|
|Memorial Day–Labor Day||9 p.m.|
|Labor Day–Oct. 31||7:30 p.m.|
Maps & Resources
Directions & Map
From Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, go 1.8 miles south on Route 9D, right on Beekman St., right on Red Flynn Drive then immediate left on Long Dock Rd.