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Mount Beacon Park
|Park Overview:|| |
Spectacular views reward a steep climb to the historic summit of Mount Beacon.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Park Acreage:||234 acres|
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|Park Description:|| |
Mount Beacon can be seen from miles around and is the northern gateway to the Hudson Highlands. In 1995 and 1998 Scenic Hudson, the City of Beacon and the Town of Fishkill purchased these lands which were threatened by development.
The mountain has a long history, beginning with its use for signal fires during the Revolutionary War. From 1902 to the late 1970s, it was the site of the famous Mount Beacon Incline Railway, which visitors rode to the Beaconcrest Hotel and Casino for dining, dancing and outstanding views.
|Trails Overview:|| |
The Casino Trail (Red blaze, 2.0 miles) begins at the parking area Kiosk and gains 2,000 feet in elevation, passing several viewpoints in its climb to the summit.
A Yellow-blazed trail turns north from its junction with Casino Trail and climbs to the Fishkill Ridge.
By linking with White and Blue blazed trails to the Scofield Ridge and the Wilkinson Memorial Trail, the hiker can do a strenuous 8.0-mile circular walk.
From NY Route 9D, look for Bob's Corner Store in Beacon. Turn east onto Howland Avenue. then immediately turn right into the parking area for Scenic Hudson's Mount Beacon Park.
Public Transportation: Metro-North Hudson Line to Beacon station -- walk uphill to trailhead
|Contact Information:||Mount Beacon Park |
|Region:||East Hudson Highlands|