FISHKILL CREEK GREENWAY & HERITAGE TRAIL:

DENNINGS POINT STATE PARK LOOP TRAIL:

BEACON, NEW YORK

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Last Updated:       July 14, 2014

Length:                 Heritage Loop Trail; 3.7 miles (Back to parking lot)

                               Dave Miller Connector Trail/ Fishkill Creek Greenway; 0.7 miles (One-way, not including 0.2 miles to parking lot)

                               Dennings Point Loop Trail; 1.4 miles (Not including 0.6 miles to & from parking lot)

Difficulty:             Heritage Loop Trail; Easy. Flat, hard packed gravel, stone-dust and narrow paved trail.  

                               Dave Miller Connector Trail/ Fishkill Creek Greenway; Easy. Slight hills along a paved & hard packed gravel trail.

                              Dennings Point Loop Trail; Moderate. Relatively flat, hard packed dirt trail. Some sections contain tree roots. Mt. bike recommended.

Directions:     

To Start from the Dennings Ave parking lot ; From I-84 take exit 11 to Route 9D south and travel 1.3 miles. Turn right on Hudson Ave, then bear right on Dennings Ave. Follow to the parking area next to the sewage treatment plant.    

The Fishkill Creek Greenway & Heritage Trail is a planned trail running the entire length of the Fishkill Creek in Beacon and the along the Hudson River to Riverfront Park. Currently several sections have already been completed. Along the Hudson River runs the Heritage Loop Trail [Klara Sauer Trail & Beacon Riverside Trail] between Riverfront Park and Dennings Point State Park. Along Fishkill Creek runs the Fishkill Creek Greenway out to Madam Brett Park. Bridging the gap between these trails is the paved Dave Miller Connector Trail. You can also access the Dennings Point Loop Trail [Note; This trail is closed from Dec 1 -March 31]. For more information visit; FISHKILL CREEK GREENWAY & HERITAGE TRAIL

The Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail is a planned 9 mile trail linking Cold Spring's train station to the Beacon Train Station. The Heritage Loop Trail [Klara Sauer Trail & Beacon Riverside Trail] are part of this larger trail system. For more information visit; HUDSON HIGHLANDS FJORD TRAIL .

Starting from the Dennings Ave parking lot; Travel past the black gate along a wide gravel road and you'll come to an intersection at 0.2 miles. 

Note; Straight ahead is the Dave Miller Connector Trail which leads to the Fishkill Creek Greenway. SEE BELOW.

Heading right you'll cross a bridge over the active RR tracks and then cross a set of inactive RR tracks. This brings you to another intersection at 0.3 miles.

Note; Straight ahead is the Dennings Point Loop Trail. SEE BELOW.

Heading right along the Heritage Loop Trail, the Klara Sauer Trail consists of a gravel base as it travels alongside the old RR tracks with the Hudson River along your left. After passing by a picnic table tucked under some trees along the river the old RR tracks start to disappear. The trail splits at 1 mile. Left is the Beacon Riverside Trail. Continue straight along the Klara Sauer Trail where the trail opens up as it travels through Long Dock Park. Come to some informational signs and the intersection for the Beacon Riverside Trail. Continue straight along the Klara Sauer Trail as it travels underneath Long Dock Rd and brings you to a parking lot for the METRO NORTH RR . Travel through the parking lot and you'll come to a brick lined path. Right leads to the Beacon RR Station. Head left and you'll come to the NEWBURGH-BEACON FERRY dock. Turn right and travel on-road along Red Flynn Dr (low traffic) just a short distance to Riverfront Park at 1.5 miles. Here, a narrow paved trail loops out along the Hudson River then back to Red Flynn Dr. Retrace your route back to the Klara Sauer Trail, back underneath Long Dock Rd to the informational signs at 2.2 miles. Now turn right along the stone-dust Beacon Riverside Trail. You'll pass by the Long Dock Park parking lot on your right before coming to the kayak pavilion at LONG DOCK PARK . Head left along the dock out to the end where you'll be afforded nice views of Newburgh across the river. To your right is a good view of the Hamilton Fish Newburgh-Beacon Bridge (I-84). Follow the narrow gravel path to your left back along the shoreline, over a boardwalk to an intersection. Continue straight along the stone-dust path to another intersection.

Note; Right takes you to a seating area and informational board before ending at the river edge. 

Continue straight where you'll pick up the wide stone-dust trail.

Note; Left brings you back to the kayak pavilion.

Continue straight and you'll soon merge with the Klara Sauer Trail at 2.8 miles. Return to the Dennings Point Loop Trail intersection for a 3.4 mile loop. Here I checked out the Dennings Point Loop Trail.

Dennings Point Loop Trail:

Starting from the Dennings Ave parking lot ; Travel past the black gate along a wide gravel road and you'll come to an intersection at 0.2 miles. Heading right you'll cross a bridge over the active RR tracks and then cross a set of inactive RR tracks. This brings you to an intersection with the Heritage Loop Trail at 0.3 miles. Re-zeroing mileage. Continue straight to another intersection.

Note; Straight will bring you to the BEACON INSTITUTE for RIVERS & ESTUARIES Visitor Center. Restrooms available.

Head left along the Dennings Point Loop Trail and you'll come to a map board. Head right along the narrow, hard packed dirt trail into the woods. Quickly come to an intersection and head right up a slight incline. Some rocks and tree roots but very ridable. You travel above the river, which is mostly blocked by the tree cover. After about 0.7 miles the trail loops back alongside Fishkill Bay. This section of trail is less developed with many more tree roots and some muddy sections. You return to the intersection and head right back to the map board. Return to the intersection with the Heritage Loop Trail after a 1.4 mile loop. I then checked out the Dave Miller Connector Trail/ Fishkill Creek Greenway.

Dave Miller Connector Trail/ Fishkill Creek Greenway:

Starting from the Dennings Ave parking lot ; Travel past the black gate along a wide gravel road and you'll come to an intersection at 0.2 miles. Re-zeroing mileage. Head straight past a map board along the paved Dave Miller Connector Trail. The trail travels down alongside an active RR, taking you underneath a RR bridge, then heading up into the woods. Here a hard packed gravel trail take you to an overlook of the Fishkill Bay at 0.2 miles. Some small hills take you past an intersection on your left to a boardwalk that travels above Fishkill Creek and alongside an old brick building. Cross South Ave into Madam Brett Park (parking lot) at 0.6 miles where you'll find an informational map board overlooking the creek. A gravel trail continues north alongside the creek bringing you to an overlook of Sucker Falls Dam at 0.7 miles. Trail currently ends here. 

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