Explore Long Dock and Dennings Point Parks

Riverfront Trail, Beacon, New York, United States

  • Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle, Cycling, Chillin, Fishing, Photography, Running, Kayaking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildlife

Waterfront with plenty of places to relax. Almost 4 miles of trails to walk, run, or bike. Easy launch for kayaks and paddle boards, as well as rentals and tours. Fun for all ages, and furry family members. Outstanding bird watching, including bald eagle nesting grounds.

Long Dock and Dennings Point are two of the most popular parks in Beacon, that just so happen to be connected by a train track turned trail. Plenty of parking is available at Long Dock, and its a perfect spot to picnic, launch your kayak into the Hudson, or cast your line hoping to reel in the big one. If you are going to fish be aware that to fish in the Hudson you do need the fishing license that covers salt water fishing.

To head to Dennings Point, you can follow the trail that edges along the river or stick further inland to the old railroad bed and head south for a mile. That will bring you to the T intersection and the sign for Dennings Point which is to your right. At the next intersection you can continue straight to the Educational Center which runs all sorts of events and programs (as well as has a usually pristine restroom) or go left and head towards the trailhead.

The informational board at the beginning of the trail is mostly dedicated to the bird population of Dennings, and more specifically the bald eagles that nest here during the winter. The trail is closed during the winter months to allow them to feed and nest in peace, so please respect those rules. Past the board the trail will split but it forms a loop, so left or right makes no difference.

The loop traverses the entire peninsula, and you'll see dozens of foot paths shooting off towards the waterfront that lead to various fishing spots, sandy beaches, and stone outcrops. Explore them all, you'll rarely be disappointed and can almost always find a quiet little beach to have all to yourself. You'll also see some old ruins hidden in the brush, remnants of the old brick factory that used to be based here.

After you've finished your run, or walk, or ride, or lazy afternoon, be sure to head up into town. Main street is littered with plenty of locally owned shops and eating options for all tastes!

Pack List

This entirely depends on what you're looking to do! Some popular options:

  • Camera
  • Picnic
  • Fishing equipment
  • Kayak/Stand up paddle
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bike
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This is very easy. Nice quiet walk.

7 months ago
7 months ago

Perfect for a run, to bike or a walk. The view of the river is always great.

almost 2 years ago
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