Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park

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.

Park Features

  • Access via train
  • Biking
  • Bird watching/nature study
  • Dog walking (on leash)
  • Fishing
  • 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
  • Picnicking
  • Universally accessible
  • Walking
  • 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

Park Map & Guide (jpg, 313K)

Park Rules (pdf, 219K)


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.

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More to Explore — Nearby Parks

Madam Brett Park

Mount Beacon Park

Fishkill Ridge

Foundry Dock Park

West Point Foundry Preserve

Manitou Point Preserve

Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead at Storm King Mountain

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum