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Address: Beacon, NY 12508
Phone Number: 845 765-3263
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Mount Beacon Park, located in the City of Beacon and Town of Fishkill...

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.

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How come I never came here before?

Now that the weather is starting to cool down, It's time to get hiking again. We started up Mount Beacon not really knowing what to expect. The initial trail is very easy like a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 20, 2015
Steven K
Monroe, New York
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Monroe, New York
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Now that the weather is starting to cool down, It's time to get hiking again. We started up Mount Beacon not really knowing what to expect. The initial trail is very easy like a rail trail. There is a little bit of history on display to start things off right. Then come the stairs and the hill. It's a good... More 

Thank Steven K
Beacon, New York
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

You can walk to the summit at your own leisurely pace which we did, and it took a little less than an hour. It was a bright autumn day, lots of blue sky and magnificent foliage. If you have any doubts prior to the ascent, they will be erased when you reach the top

Thank Grandherve
Brooklyn, New York
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406 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This is a strenuous hike. You go up very fast on a rocky path so make sure you are wearing the correct shoes and bring water. The view at the Railway ruins is stunning. You get to take in all of Beacon and a huge amount of the hudson valley. The scenery will take your breath away truly. Bring a... More 

Thank Jvalliant
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Hiked up the mountain with my wife on a beautiful day. The view was amazing! Make sure to bring water and some good shoes because the trail gets rocky....but it's worth it!

1 Thank Strombone99
Beacon, New York
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65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I've climbed this several times and the view from the top is just awesome, too see some of the ruins left behind and knowing they want to restore the Incline Railroad is worth every step up this mountain. It's a straight up climb, make sure you have hiking boots or sneaker with threads. If you have a walking stick or... More 

1 Thank Barb_is_a_Foodie
Beacon, New York
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is an awesome hike. Some have rated this hike as moderate, I hike every weekend and I rate it as a bit challenging. Once you have completed the uphill hike the view of the lower Hudson Valley from the top of Mount Beacon on a perfect day is breathtaking. . In the summer you can see the Hudson River... More 

Thank mdolly1938
New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

Once you pass the ruins of the Incline Railway and the Beacon Hotel, there are some back-country trails where you can feel free to swing in the breeze. I prefer to pass the firetower trail as well as almost no one goes beyond that. Check the sattelite view on Google Maps and you should be able to bushwhack to some... More 

1 Thank Nomadic N
Hudson River Valley, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I have been hiking Mt. Beacon for 40+ years...before and after the trolley stopped operating. Awesome view at the top to the trolley and at the Fire Tower. I never get tired of it.

1 Thank Beaconite-MOW
Salt Lake City, Utah
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152 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 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 

3 Thank Becky F
New Jersey
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 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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