Tread Lightly

Please help us keep the area beautiful and safe.

  • Leave no trash
  • Carry out what you carry in
  • Pick no flowers
  • Throw no stones
  • Pick up after your dog

Visiting Hours

The trail is open open from sunrise to sunset. The areas adjacent to the lighthouse such as the riverside deck are open to the public on weekday mornings and afternoons.*

Whether arriving via the trail or by boat, please limit your visit to daylight hours only. Prior arrangements required for special events, large groups (in excess of ten), or exclusive use of the deck area.

Please respect the privacy of the resident Lighthouse Keeper and overnight guests. Do not enter the Lighthouse unless you have a reservation or appointment. The interior of the Lighthouse is open for public viewing during scheduled tours on Sunday afternoons in the summer. Otherwise, it is reserved for overnight guests.

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


Picnic facilities are available on the riverside deck adjacent to the Lighthouse, and open to the public on a limited basis. A porta-john toilet is available for public use at the trailhead and Lighthouse dock.

Trail Access

Visitors can hike to the Lighthouse on 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 travels 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. 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 our docks are vulnerable to wakes from the main river channel.

Canoes and kayaks can be launched 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.

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 contact the Lighthouse at 845-247-0656 or email .