PLEASE NOTE: Construction is underway in a portion of Long Dock Park as we complete the final phase of a state-approved cleanup project. See this page for details.
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
- 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. Currently (Fall 2014), the gate closes at 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. View Larger Map
More to Explore — Nearby Parks
Madam Brett Park
Mount Beacon Park
Foundry Dock Park
West Point Foundry Preserve
Manitou Point Preserve
Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead at Storm King Mountain
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum