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Mount Beacon Incline Railway

Beacon, NY 12508
+1 845-765-3263
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Reaaally steep

The view from the top is nice, but it takes a while to get there. This hike is incredibly steep and... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
James S
via mobile
Great hike and view

The hike is definitely challenging (depending on your activity level), but fun and worthwhile. I... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Catonsville, Maryland
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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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Beacon, NY 12508
+1 845-765-3263
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

The view from the top is nice, but it takes a while to get there. This hike is incredibly steep and I would highly recommend stretching before hand. This is not a hike for people thatre it off shape :)

Thank James S
Reviewed 8 September 2017

The hike is definitely challenging (depending on your activity level), but fun and worthwhile. I was surprised at the steep climb, but also exhilarated! You can hike straight to the top or go off on different trails along the way. Once at the top, there's...More

Thank gr8fish2017
Reviewed 18 April 2017

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...More

Thank rnh17
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...More

2  Thank deedee1951
Reviewed 4 September 2016

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

Thank Lllongisland
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...More

Thank jam83mon
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...More

Thank Jill Marie C
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...More

Thank Steven K
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,...More

Thank Grandherve
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...More

Thank Jvalliant
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Paola S
1 July 2015|
Response from Jvalliant | Reviewed this property |
I walked there. It was a nice walk through town on Main street which takes you to Beacon Falls. Then you wind your way through some neighborhoods a bit and get to the entrance. I would say it's a 15-20 minute walk from the... More