Kingston Point Rotary Park

Kingston, New York

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This neighborhood park plays host to one of the Hudson River’s lighthouses, making it an essential stop on any tour of the river’s maritime history. Hidden away behind a gate at the end of a residential street, Kingston Point Rotary Park remains the well- kept secret of this Westchester County community, a spot that Your hike follows the railroad tracks that once brought thousands of visitors a day to Kingston Point. Back in the late 1890s, Cornell Steamboat Company and Ulster & Delaware Railroad president Samuel Decker Coykendall saw a tremendous opportunity to increase his already substantial income—by making Kingston Point a destination for travelers heading up and down the Hudson River. He filled in an area of marshy wetland here and built a dance hall, the Oriental Hotel, pavilions, a gazebo, bridges, picturesque lagoons, and arcades, adding a carousel and other amusements for children.
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Hiking through History New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

This neighborhood park plays host to one of the Hudson River’s lighthouses, making it an essential stop on any tour of the river’s maritime history. Hidden away behind a gate at the end of a residential street, Kingston Point Rotary Park remains the well- kept secret of this Westchester County community, a spot that Your hike follows the railroad tracks that once brought thousands of visitors a day to Kingston Point.

Back in the late 1890s, Cornell Steamboat Company and Ulster & Delaware Railroad president Samuel Decker Coykendall saw a tremendous opportunity to increase his already substantial income—by making Kingston Point a destination for travelers
heading up and down the Hudson River. He filled in an area of marshy wetland here and built a dance hall, the Oriental Hotel, pavilions, a gazebo, bridges, picturesque lagoons, and arcades, adding a carousel and other amusements for children.

© 2016 Randi Minetor /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kingston
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: The Rotary Club of Kingston, PO Box 3581, Kingston 12402; kingstonrotary.org
Local Maps: Available online at kingston-ny.gov/content/8401/10588/10622/default.aspx
Driving Directions: Directions to Kingston Point Rotary Park

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