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.