Created to ferry rail cars across the Hudson, this man-made peninsula now connects people to the river's power and majesty.
Beacon, Dutchess County (19 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 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, a river overlook deck and a shaded plaza for informal dining. The park's restored, historic red barn, now Scenic Hudson's River Center, hosts arts and environmental-education activities.
Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available through Mountain Tops Outfitters (845-831-1997), our official paddlesports concessionaire. Bicycle rentals are available Thursday through Sunday from Cold Spring Bike Rental & Tours. 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.
Seasonal Boat Storage
Scenic Hudson holds a public lottery every year for a boat storage berth in the kayak and canoe pavilion. Lottery winners can store their boats for a fee for the Hudson River paddling season (1st weekend in May – 1st weekend in November).
If you would like to be alerted via email when lottery registration opens, please fill out this form.
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.|
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.