Explore the most popular birding trails near Beacon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We had a great Saturday morning walk here with the dog. it was quite busy as we finished up, but arriving before 10 gave us a good parking space and a little solitude on the trail. At the end it felt like a real community happening -- great to see so many people outside.

3 days ago

This trail was tough in the beginning, but excellent. The trail map said it would be 8.2 miles, but the app recorded 6.2 miles. Nevertheless, this hike was great with beautiful views and a waterfall.

Awesome f*cking trail!

I don't understand why people think it's uninteresting.
Probably because they didn't do the whole loop.
Super worth it, long enough, several views and a waterfall.
My suggestion: start from the waterfall side, so that you get the best views at the end of the hike.
Careful when the yellow trail crosses the blue trail. You won't stay in the blue for long and you actually will go for a bit on an unmarked trail!
As long as you use the app you will be ok.
I was by myself and had the best time!

17 days ago

Miserable up: uninteresting, plodding, and loose gravel and stone (slip, slide, soar/sore). The ruins are interesting but getting a photo may take a minute because other hikers decided to picnic on them. Would have rather hiked Breakneck a few more times.

For the firetower: follow the red blazes until you see white blazes on your right and take that to the tower. Also, no scrambles, at least not from the trail head to the tower.

Great hike along the Beacon waterfront from Tioranda Dam past the waterfall and then along toward the estuary. Connects with the Klara Sauer trail, which gives you access to Dennings Point, Long Dock Park and Riverside Park. Lots of beautiful Hudson views, in both directions, and ends at a great picnic spot at Riverside Park. On the day I visited, you could only do an out-and-back on the Dennings Trail due to blowdown. Also saw a big black snake on the path. If they renovated the factories and did some work on the trail going up to the dam this would be a 5-star walk for sure.

29 days ago

Hiked the red trail only to the fire tower and back. Nice steady heart-massaging climb with the big vista reward at the top. Hudson Highlands is one of the beauty spots of the world. Downside is it's a bit crowded, too much litter and graffiti, and the loose stone path can be tough on the way down.

29 days ago

Average hike. I have hiked a lot in the New England area and they have fantastic hikes there. This was a good hike till the top of the fire tower. After that, it levels (almost flat) and there isn’t much to offer. Also, I saw a 3-4 feet snake right on the trail which was pretty scary.

I only hiked to the fire tower and back. The views at the overlook and the fire tower are well worth the steep journey up. Lots of unmarked trails so be sure to pay close attention to the markers.

1 month ago

Some tough rocky terrain and some flat hill incline and descents.. also a few different trail and lengths you can go on, fishing spots, all in all a well rounded hike

awesome trail to get the heart rate going. it's a steep incline but well worth it once you get to the fire tower!

Great trail, intense when going uphill but the views are absolutely worth it

Great moderate hike in the summer. The woods are so lush and green and the hike alongside the creek is invigorating. Topped by a beautiful and peaceful view at the reservoir. My dog loved it!

1 month ago

It was a great hike with superb scenic on the top. But be aware of stairs and immediate inclining hill (with lots of rocks) in the beginning, which sadly made our friends gave up the hike...

1 month ago

I started on the red trail. Now let me warn you right now, this hike is extremely difficult because of how steep, rocky and narrow the trails are. I did the entire loop and if it wasn’t for my phone gps guiding me I’d be getting lost. It’s like a maze. The good side of this was the views from the tower. I have never seen anything so beautiful in my entire life. Plus, I got caught in the rain and mist! I was so tired close to the end, sleepy, hungry and in pain lol.

Great route. The only tricky part is at the end, where you need to find the unmarked trail back downhill. I walked up to Bald Hill, took a few photos of the view there, then retraced my steps slightly until I saw the trail downhill on the right. Going back this way saves you a ton of time and allows you to see the memorial to the Navy plane crash that took place here in 1945. All in all, this is an awesome hike with some nice elevation gains and views out multiple ways - up and down the Hudson, back toward Mt. Beacon fire tower, and east toward Carmel where you can see (I think) the Ninham Mountain fire tower in the distance. My only question is why the trail back to the parking area is unmarked. If they added blazes it would make it easier for people to find the loop. One little note - when the red trail meets the white it's worthwhile taking the white trail west for a few hundred feet to get some great views of Mt. Beacon, then retracing your steps.

This was an enjoyable hike. Some of the views are breathtaking.
If I were to do it again, I will just do the red trail to the fire tower and back, as thats where the best views are. The yellow trail was long and did not offer much in terms of scenery.

I loved this hike! I'm an asthmatic and I forgot my inhaler, so I had to take frequent stops, but the view from the top was completely worth it. Absolutely breathtaking!

2 months ago

Good hike that’s accessible from NYC by train. I’m a decently fit 20-something and found the hike up to be challenging. Nice views but very busy - you won’t be the only one on this hike during the summer. We only went to the fire tower, and we were briefly turned around when trail markers disappeared. Pay attention to the path, and make sure you hook back in to the red trail on the way back from the tower! If all else fails, there is service and the trail is marked on Maps.

2 months ago

Beautiful views. Really good exercise. Well traveled. Good times!!

My girlfriend and I did this hike. Keep a close eye at the various trail crossings to stay on course (as you’re mixing up different routes) but it’s a great mix of moderate and some hard hiking. By the time you get past the red trail you won’t see too many people. You’ll feel like you did a proper day hike!

Difficult but worth it once completed!

Nice place to train for vertical races

I’m a novice hiker and Mt. Beacon was my first hike ever... since trying it a few years ago I’ve been on other hikes and I never considered Mt. Beacon to be hard. It’s a moderate hike up the rocks but you don’t need to use all 4 like in a more challenging hikes.

Nice hike. Good work out and nice views. I’d rate it as moderate-difficult, it’s just feels tiring! I love this hike for an nyc getaway

You can start from sunny side road and follow the red trail which is scenic, passing a campground, and has a bit of a scramble. Right where the red and white intersect is my favorite view point, some dwarf pines, and even a good place to turn around. You could continue on and loop the white trail passing Dozer Junction (an old broken down bulldozer) lambs hill and bald hill.

From the beacon train station you can walk to the southern trail head starting at Pocket road. Heading north on the white trail. (To the right it’s mt beacon) It’s about an hour walk through Main Street, or take a cab. Walking up this route passes a pretty creek and some little waterfalls. You pass a carriage road shortly after the creek and if you were to make a right off the trail end up at a swimming hole.

Narrow rocky paths with a few steep service roads you have to take to get to the reservoir. But overall beautiful scenery and the reservoir was pretty.

3 months ago

You can't see it on this map, but at mile 2.3 where you're supposed to go left on yellow, the red trail actually continues south. Easy to miss that turn on yellow - keep your eyes peeled! And if red markers go from small circles to big squares, you've gone too far. Great route, once you get past traffic to the fire tower.

It’s a great trail and the views would of been great if the weather allowed. However the trail markers disappeared at one point so I was unable to do the complete loop.

Awesome trail, great workout. My GF and I hiked about 10 miles through here, some great views! We took a few people's suggestions below, and went clockwise, there were barely any people for most of the trail thanks to that. Only gripe was the bugs, jeez there were so many flies attacking me! Even with dousing myself in off multiple times.

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