In recent years, the Beacon NY waterfront has been transformed into a delightful collection of Hudson River Parks. So, if you're in the area and are looking to take the air, check out this guide before heading out.
To get oriented, let's take a look at the map.
Each park is easily accessible via the Metro-North Beacon station. There is even a trail that links all four.
The four parks are:
Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park
For those who don’t know, Pete Seeger is a local legend.
The famous folk singer, environmental, and anti-war activist founded Clearwater in the 1960s with the noble mission of cleaning up the Hudson River.
Pete and his wife Toshi, who lived in Beacon, both died in 2014 and 2013 respectively.
The Seeger Riverfront Park offers recreational amenities right on the Hudson River. There are barbecues, a playground, tennis courts, and even a little sand pit for some “beach” volleyball.
The Beacon Sloop Club hosts The Strawberry Festival and the Pumpkin Festival every year at the park in June and October, respectively.
Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park is also the site of the River Pool, a closed in swimming area on the shores of the Hudson.
And to think this used to be the town dumping ground. Thanks again, Scenic Hudson ;)
Address: 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon New York.
Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park
After stirring up $9 million dollars in public and private funding, Scenic Hudson has transformed this former dumping ground into a wonderful 15 acre riverside park. It is located just steps away from the Metro North station and is also the location for the Beacon’s Farmer’s Market.
Long Dock Park includes Beacon Point, a fishing pier that kind of feels like the deck of a naval ship. The pier has some groovy steps that cascade down into the water - good for dipping your legs in on a hot day!
Address: 8 Long Dock Road, Beacon, New YorkPhone: 845-473-4440
You'll also find a fancy looking kayak pavilion and launch site. Here you can rent kayaks and have a day out on the water with the help of Mountain Tops Outfitters.
Also, there are a few acres of rolling fields of green grass with strolling paths and a pebble beach when the tide's out.
Look out for the Riverside Trail, which will take you approximately three-quarters of a mile down to Denning’s Point. Easy access to the train.
Dennings Point State Park
This 64 acre peninsula sticking out into the Hudson River is packed with all sorts of interesting history. George Washington used it as a supply depot during the Revolutionary War and Alexander Hamilton had even lived here for a time writing letters which later became the groundwork for the Federalist Papers.
Also, during the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was the site of Dennings Point Brick Works - a brick factory which partly supplied the growing metropolis on Manhattan island. DPBW produced bricks until the clay deposits were exhuasted in the 1930s.
As you walk the 3 mile loop that skirts the edge of the park, look out for those DPBW bricks lodged into the dirt. They're still all over the place!
Today Denning’s Point is also home to the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries - a state-of-art research and educational center whose mission is to “expand understanding of waterways for the benefit of human health, ecosystems, New York’s economy and quality of life.”
The Beacon Institute offers several activities which are open to the public. From April through October there’s a “Third Thursday” monthly series which is an exploration of current local environmental issues. There are also Walk and Talks led by expert guides and other events.
Address: Dennings Ave. Beacon, New York.
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