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Mount Beacon Incline Railway

PO Box 1248, Beacon, NY 12508
845 765-3263
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Ranked #2 of 9 attractions in Beacon
Type: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: Mount Beacon Park, located in the City of Beacon and Town of Fishkill, was created by Scenic Hudson. Its 234 acres were protected in 1995 and 1998,... more » Owner description: Mount Beacon Park, located in the City of Beacon and Town of Fishkill, was created by Scenic Hudson. Its 234 acres were protected in 1995 and 1998, halting a proposed residential subdivision and preserving important remnants of the Mount Beacon Incline Railway. A kiosk at the park entry explains the mountain’s history, ecology and conservation. Scenic Hudson has worked tirelessly to protect the incline railway and its environs, which it owns. Thanks to their efforts, trails to the summit have been maintained and the surrounding natural beauty preserved; one trail leads up a stairway tracing a portion of the railway’s route. The Incline Society and Scenic Hudson share a goal of making this wonderful natural and historic area accessible to more people than ever before while continuing to preserve the mountain’s scenic beauty and critical wildlife habitat for future generations. « less
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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124 reviews 124 reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

It's a bigger commitment than you might think, hiking to the top of Mount Beacon; but it's worth every step. Autumn is particularly beautiful and much cooler, it's the perfect time to top this hill. A lot of people use walking sticks of various sorts, you might consider bringing one along. Portions of the trail are wet and in the... More

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New Jersey
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24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

You'll be walking uphill for a mile...but the view is worth it! The hike is not extraordinarily taxing, but being prepared helps. 1. It is a rocky climb. You'll benefit from bringing hiking poles/sticks if you have them. 2. Bring water and sunscreen. Also, a bandanna or something to wipe sweat away. 3. Wear sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes. 4.... More

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Beacon, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Not a simple hike, but a rewarding one. It's all up on the way there, starts with stairs, lose rocks, switchbacks, bigger rocks... The views are great, during the warm weather the trains have plenty of cover to keep you out of the sun and multiple spots with views to take a break as you go. The place of the... More

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conn
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22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Have not done the hike up but did ride the incline back in the 1970's. It was a great seat of your pants thrill ride the cars shaked and groned there way up the mountain you wondered the whole trip if the cars or track would fall apart before you reached the top. nice to see plans are afoot to... More

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Beacon, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

The railway doesn't really exist anymore, but there are about 200 stairs at the bottom and then a trail to the top. It takes about an hour to get to the top (depending on how may breaks you take/what shape you're in). You can come down the same way (front) or take the long way down the back, past the... More

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Hudson Valley
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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

A great service and small non-profit. Highly support their endeavor. Recommend reconstructing the railway!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

The hike up is steep and challenging if you are not used to hiking but definitely worth it for the view at the top. The trail is well maintained and marked. Very nice flat area at the top perfect for a picnic. Don't forget the camera.

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Rosendale, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

This is a very popular hike in the area. It is easy enough for anyone to get up, but challenging enough for those who want a workout. Once you get to the top you can see from Storm King to Poughkeepsie on a clear day.

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Ardsley, New York
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7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

The Beacon Incline railway is now in ruins. It used to take people to the top of Mt. Beacon where ther was a hotel and casino, now in ruins. The hike to the top, however, is worth the walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012 via mobile

It would be good to see it restored, but given the economy, I will not hold my breath. The hike up is wonderful, and the view from the top s superb.

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