Once a vital rail link, now a people-pleasing riverfront destination.

BEACON, Dutchess County (19 acres) — Few traces remain of Long Dock’s hard-working past, a peninsula created in the 1800s as a terminal for ferrying rail cars across the river. More recently, it was home to an oil terminal, salt-storage facility and junkyard. Thanks to a massive cleanup and reimagining, it’s now a super-popular place to launch kayaks, picnic, stroll through rehabilitated wetlands and meadows, drop a fishing line, explore an intriguing sculpture by renowned artist George Trakas, or just sit and admire the river. The park’s restored 19th-century red barn — the only historic holdover — is now Scenic Hudson’s River Center, which hosts arts and environmental-education activities.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The safety of our park visitors is our top priority. We continue to require that all group visits be limited to ten people or fewer and we require all visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing. In addition, if you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or not feeling well in any way, please stay home.

Activities

  • Access via train
  • Accessible opportunity
  • Biking
  • Dog walking on leash
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking & canoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Walking
  • Wildlife watching
  • X-country skiing & snowshoeing
  • Bike rack
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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.