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Mount Beacon Park

Mountaintop views worth all the huffing and puffing.

BEACON, Dutchess County (15 acres) — Yes, the trail up Mount Beacon is steep, but switchbacks keep the workout manageable. The hike actually begins on a staircase following the course of the Beacon Incline Railway, once the world’s steepest funicular. Observation platforms atop the stairs preview the treat rewarding all who reach the summit: a panoramic vista stretching from the Hudson Highlands to the Catskill Mountains. A mile away, climb 60 feet up the South Mount Beacon fire tower for a view that’s even more spectacular — on a clear day, you can see from Manhattan to Albany.

Free and open year-round, dawn to dusk.

Note: There are two free electric vehicle charging stations here for park users.


The health and safety of park visitors remains one of our top priorities. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 endemic, all special events and group outings must be pre-approved. To coordinate one, please fill out this form and email Anthony Coneski.

Thanks for doing your part to protect yourself and others so we can continue to make Scenic Hudson parks and preserves available for all.


  • Bike rack
that allow Dog Walking on a Leash Hiking Wildlife Watching Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

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More to Explore

Check out the shops and eateries along Beacon’s vibrant Main Street and Dia:Beacon, a world-class museum featuring late-20th-century art housed in a former factory. Learn more about the remarkable life of Catheryna “Madam” Brett, Beacon’s first European settler, by visiting her 1709 house.


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Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
Hudson Highlands Nature Center
Madam Brett Park
Madam Brett Park
Manitou Point Preserve
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Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park
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West Point Foundry Preserve
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