Plan Your Visit

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. As the Incline Society works to restore the railway, it has established a process to seek input and approvals from Scenic Hudson.

Trail Maps

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Directions

By Train

Mount Beacon Park is located in the city of Beacon, New York, which is served by Metro-North Railroad trains from Grand Central Terminal and Poughkeepsie. Trains run hourly in either direction. For train information, visit www.mta.info or call 212.532.4900 or 800.METRO.INFO. For train travel from north of Poughkeepsie, take an Amtrak train to Poughkeepsie and transfer to a Metro-North train. Beacon is the second stop.

 

By Car

From New York City

Take Upper Level of George Washington Bridge New Jersey bound. Take first right off Bridge to Palisades Parkway North. Take Palisades Parkway North to end. At the traffic circle, take 6 East/202 across Bear Mountain Bridge. Take the first left onto Route 9D North. Continue 15.98 miles north on 9D to the intersection with Howland Avenue. Gateway to Mount Beacon Park is located at this intersection (travel time approximately 75 minutes).

 

From New Jersey and points south (and by bus from New York City)

Take the Garden State Parkway North until it merges with the New York State Thruway 87/287. Take I-87 North to Exit 17, I-84. Follow local signs to I-84 East and continue on I-84 East across Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Immediately after the toll booths, take exit 11. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Route 9D South. Continue south through town to the intersection with Howland Avenue. Gateway to Mount Beacon Park is located at this intersection.

 

From Westchester and points southeast

Take either 287 West until it merges with I-87 and continue to Exit 9, Route 9. Travel north on Route 9 to Fishkill. Take I-84 West two exits to Exit 11: Route 9D. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Route 9D south. Continue south through town to the intersection with Howland Avenue. Gateway to Mount Beacon Park is located at this intersection.


From Connecticut and points east

Travel west on I-84 West to Exit 11: Route 9D. Make a left turn onto Route 9D South. Continue south through town to the intersection with Howland Avenue. Gateway to Mount Beacon Park is located at this intersection.  


From Massachusetts and points northeast

Travel south on the Taconic State Parkway to I-84 West. Take I-84 West to Exit 11: Route 9D. Make a left turn onto Route 9D South. Continue south through town to the intersection with Howland Avenue. Gateway to Mount Beacon Park is located at this intersection.

 

From Albany and points north

Travel south on I-87 to Exit 17, I-84. Follow local signs to I-84 East and continue on I-84 East across Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Take first exit, onto Route 9D South, into the city of Beacon. Continue south through town to the intersection with Howland Avenue. Gateway to Mount Beacon Park is located at this intersection.