Long Dock Park in Beacon is one of the most scenic and accessible parks in the Hudson Valley and my favorite place in the Hudson Valley. There is very little work one has to do to enjoy some amazing views. Located on the banks of the Hudson River right next to the Beacon train station, Long Dock Park offers spectacular views of the river, Newburgh, and the Hudson Highlands. An old abandoned industrial complex, which at various point has housed a rail ferry terminal, warehouse, oil terminal, and a salt-storage facility, the park has now been fully cleaned up by Scenic Hudson and has been restored to a family friendly recreation area. The highlights of the park include Beacon Point, the colorful red barn housing Scenic Hudson’s River Center, and a scenic mile long trail along the river connecting the park to Denning’s Point. The main attraction is Beacon Point which is a boat like structure jutting out into the river designed by famous artist George Trakas. There is no better place to relax and soak in views of the river and mountains. When the tide is low you can even walk into the river bed from near the Beacon Point area. Remember to wander over to the neighboring Beacon waterfront area to enjoy more great views!
(Source: Scenic Hudson)
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
To find the parking lot, plugin in 8 Long Dock Rd., Beacon, NY 12508 into your GPS. There is plenty of parking available at the park. During special events, you can park at the beacon train station (remember to pay if needed) and walk down.