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
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:234 acres
City/County/
State:
Beacon/Dutchess/NY
Buy Trail Map:East Hudson Trails Map
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.

Directions:

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
845-473-4440
Region:East Hudson Highlands
Fees:None
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Comments

July 4th Fireworks

Viewing 4th of July fireworks:

Question from a hiker:

I'm thinking of going up Mt. Beacon on 4th of July with a few friends. I heard the views are nice up there to see the neighboring towns fireworks. I can't find a detailed description on which route to take. Is this one you have correct? I thought another site had a shorter route but I'm not sure if that's because they stopped at the railway and
didn't continue to the firetower? Any insight would be  helpful. Thanks.

http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/east-hudson-highlands-beacon-ny

Answer:

If all you want to do is climb Mt. Beacon to view the fireworks, you can just climb on the trail to the top of the Incline Railway and view the fireworks from there.  You can follow the above description to the top of the railway and then go down the same way that you came up, without doing the entire loop that I describe in the above hike.  To the best of my knowledge, the hike that I describe in the above link is still accurate, although I did the hike four years ago and haven't been back since.

You might wish to acquire our East Hudson Trails map that shows all of the trails in the area: East Hudson Trails Map | New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Daniel Chazin