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.
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.
UPDATE: Long Dock Kayak/Canoe Storage Pavilion Area Undergoing Needed Repairs
The deck beneath and surrounding the kayak and canoe pavilion at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in Beacon has suffered some damage in recent years and needs to be repaired.
Construction began in early April and should be completed by July 1.
The storage pavilion will be closed while the repair work is underway, but the beach will still be accessible except at high tide. All other areas of Long Dock Park are open, including the recently completed North Shore.
During construction, Mountain Tops Outfitters will continue to offer kayak rentals from 144 Main Street in Beacon. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance to confirm availability. Call (845) 831-1997 (Mon.-Sat. 11a–6 p, Sun. 11a–5p).
Thank you for your patience as we make these important improvements. 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.