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Mount Beacon Incline Railway

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Address: Beacon, NY 12508
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+1 845-765-3263

Mount Beacon Park, located in the City of Beacon and Town of Fishkill, was...

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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view from summit is gorgeous

Tough hike up to top of old incline railroad and then you can continue another 30-40 minutes up t firetower. 360 degree view of gorgeous mountains and Hudson River. dParking lot... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2016
Chappaqua, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The climb up the red trial is nothing but rocks. Rocks and more rocks. I was expecting more of a nature trail. It's all about the top, which has the remains of the incline railway and a very nice view. I thought the trip down would be easy, but it was stressful and unpleasant because I had to watch every... More 

Thank rnh17
Chappaqua, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Tough hike up to top of old incline railroad and then you can continue another 30-40 minutes up t firetower. 360 degree view of gorgeous mountains and Hudson River. dParking lot is right at trail head . Climb is steep on loose rock and over boulders. It is quite slippery and care must be taken. Many leaves were already down... More 

2 Thank deedee1951
Long Island City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Very difficult hike up the mountain. There are a lot of stairs. I wouldnt recommend it to beginners.

Thank Lllongisland
Poughkeepsie, New York
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

The ruin's of the Railway are there but not the rail. The hike is a challenge but the view is more than worth the effort. Part of the hike has a stairway to make it a little easier. Just take your time and enjoy the experience. At the top you'll have areas to sit and chill as you take in... More 

Thank jam83mon
Fort Myers, Florida
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

The hike up is a bit strenuous! I thought I was in pretty good shape but was quite the workout for me! Once you get to the top the views are spectacular! We did not go to the tower (another 45 minute hike upward) due to time restraints but I'm told on a clear day you can see NYC from... More 

Thank Jill Marie C
Monroe, New York
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Reviewed 21 September 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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Reviewed 2 September 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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Reviewed 21 April 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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Reviewed 16 January 2015 via mobile

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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Reviewed 6 December 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 

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