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“Tips for Your Beacon Railway Hike” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mount Beacon Incline Railway

Mount Beacon Incline Railway
PO Box 1248, Beacon, NY 12508
845 765-3263
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Beacon
Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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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.
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“Tips for Your Beacon Railway Hike”
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. The viewpoint at the top is a nice place for lunch.
5. Bring a camera....great views.

It took us 45 minutes to walk to the top (30 coming back).Plan for 2 hours, depending on how much time you want to hang around at the top.

Enjoy!

Visited August 2013
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“Great hike with a payoff”
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 old casino at the tops is the real pay off, great views from many angles.

Definitely recommend this hike if you are in the area.

Visited July 2013
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“It was great in its day”
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 rebuild.

Visited July 2013
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Beacon, New York
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“SPECTACULAR VIEWS ON CLEAR DAYS”
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 resevoir. The City of Beacon gets their water from it. On a clear day you can see NYC from the tower and almost all the way to PA and the majority of the Hudson Valley and Highlands from the foundation of the old hotel. There is a grassroots group that is raising funds to get the actual railway back in service. While it ran, it was the world's steepest railway incline. I can remember as a kid going up it; it was a funicular. As one car came down it helped pull the other car up. They passed in the middle. I hope they get it going again, if nothing else for nostaglia. Enjoy!

Visited November 2012
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“Great history!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

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

Visited August 2012
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