Day Use

Leave No Trace

Please help us keep the area beautiful and safe.

  • PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE. Check forecasts before you depart. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • STAY ON TRAILS. Do not trample vegetation or disturb habitat.
  • CARRY OUT WHAT YOU CARRRY IN. Do not litter.
  • LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND. Do not pick flowers. No graffiti or carving. Leave natural objects and artifacts.
  • RESPECT WILDLIFE. Do not touch, harass, or feed wildlife.
  • BE CONSIDERATE. No large groups or tour buses. Please respect the privacy of the resident Lighthouse Keeper and overnight guests.

Permitted Activities

Hiking and fishing are permitted. All other activities are prohibited or require permission.

Use of this area is at your own risk

A person entering the premises assumes the risks of use pursuant to New York Consolidated Laws, General Obligations Law GOB ยง 9-103 (Recreational Use Statute).


Dogs must be kept on leash. Pick up and remove all dog waste.

Visiting Hours

The hiking trail is open sunrise to sunset.

The riverside deck is open weekdays:

  • M-W, 9AM-sunset
  • Th-F, 9AM-4PM
  • Closed weekends.

Public use may be restricted or closed for special events, repairs, or other reasons without prior notice.

Outdoor portable toilets are available for public use at the trailhead and lighthouse dock.

Prior arrangements required for special events, large groups (in excess of eight), or exclusive use of the deck area.

Riverside deck is closed on weekends to alleviate congestion in our small parking area.

Commercial Activity

Prior written permission is required for any commercial activity on the premises, including but not limited to photo shoots, filming, tours or charters. For details, please call the Lighthouse at 845-247-0656 or email.

Trail Access

Visitors can hike the half-mile nature trail, open sunrise to sunset. Parts of the trail experience tidal flooding on a twice-daily basis, so come prepared or plan accordingly. Consult the tide table for more details. The trail traverses

15 acres of freshwater tidal wetland habitat in a
remote, undeveloped area of the Esopus Estuary, among stands of willow and maple trees, along tidal pools, and through patches of wildflowers, eventually opening onto the middle of the majestic Hudson River at the lighthouse. In winter, you may encounter ice or snow on the trail, so wear appropriate footwear. Icy walkways in winter; ice traction devices recommended.

Boat Access

Seasonally, the Lighthouse has a 40′ floating dock which rises and falls with the tide. Space is limited, so please make arrangements with the Keeper in advance to accommodate your vessel. The stationary dock can be used if you are careful with dock lines and allow for the rise and fall of the tide, which can be up to five feet from high to low. Large fenders are necessary since the docks are vulnerable to wakes from the main river channel.

Canoes and kayaks can land along the shoreline near the lighthouse. The nearest public canoe/kayak launch is located at Tina Chorvas Park in Saugerties on the lower Esopus Creek below Cantine Dam at the end of East Bridge Street.

Boats hauled by trailer may be launched at Saugerties Marina on Ferry Street, which charges a fee for launching and parking. The marina also offers kayak, SUP, and powerboat rentals.