Blogs    

Little Stony Point



Discover, enjoy, spend the day!

Hudson valley, hiking, family friendly, kid friendly, beaches, swimming, hudson river, little stony point, cold spring, things to do, places to go, picnic, hudson highlands, garrison, day trips


The Hudson Highlands are one of the most hiked areas in the Hudson Valley; people come from all over the world to hike the popular, Breakneck Ridge. This steep hike is right across the street from a lesser known area that happens to be one of my most favorite places and beaches in all of the Hudson Valley, Little Stony Point. Because most people are passing right by this area it's never usually crowded and it's a super easy hike that can be done by anyone! But even more enticing is the absolutely breathtaking beach that rewards you after a short, hot trek in the woods! The path crosses over the Metro North train track and meanders through a mature wooded area, eventually giving way to views of Storm King Mountain and a secluded beach on the Hudson River.


This area is such a special place and feels as if you have traveled to a secluded tropical island. The beach has lots to explore; littered with stumps of smooth, beautiful driftwood and a soft pebbly sand. Lay out a blanket and dip your feet into the gentle lapping waves from the passing barges. Depending on the day and time of year the beach can feel like a party with anchored boats and music or if you happen on a quieter day then you could have the whole place to yourselves, a peaceful slice of paradise.





The beach here does not have a lifeguard, and technically "swimming" is not allowed but the rangers do allow wading and we have swam here multiple times with no issues. So feel free to hike the 1 mile loop and then cool off by dipping your toes in the icy cold river! We also love to bring sand toys and a picnic blanket so we can spend the day relaxing and taking in the impressive views.





After we have gotten our fill of hiking and beaching we always head to the Cold Spring water front area for our most favorite ice cream parlor, Moo Moo's Creamery! The waterfront area is a very short drive and also an amazing place to take in the mountains and the Hudson River. Across the street from the parlor are benches in a small waterfront park. We love to get their unique flavors such as strawberry Oreo or a slightly spicy Mexican chocolate, and hang out noshing and taking in the view!





The hiking trails and beach are open year round and we love to visit them especially in the colder months when we have the beach all to ourselves. In the winter you can watch the huge ice chunks floating on the current, crashing into one another. It's a magical place no matter when you decide to go!



Tips for this hike:
  • The Hudson River always washes up "devil pods" and other items because of the tides, make sure to wear water shoes when dipping in.
  • The rangers allow wading, meaning up to your waist, there are no lifeguards on duty so entering the water is at your own risk and rangers do patrol and ask those in the water swimming to exit the water.
  • There is a small parking lot directly in front of the trail head, one across the street and lots of people park along the road but this is illegal and they do ticket and tow (please don't do this). 
  • Weekend parking is very busy because of nearby Breakneck Ridge so I advise that you get to the trail early on weekends in the summer months or visit during the week or off season when it's less busy.
  • This is a carry-in & carry-out trail, so take all trash with you.
  • This area is very popular in the summer on hot weekends, so I advise families to visit during early mornings, week days or off season (when school is in session). 
  • There is a porta potty for public use. (After crossing over the railroad tracks, take the trail to the right until it forks, keep to the right which leads right to the porta potty).

For more information visit: Little Stony Point.


Other posts by this this blogger


Lawrence Farms Orchards

Sep 10, 2017

Play village, tiny train, animals & you-pick galore!

Fishkill Farms

Sep 3, 2017

Organic fruit and veggies, this farm has it all for the picking!

Sprout Creek Farm

Aug 20, 2017

Experience a real working farm in a gorgeous setting!

Tilly Foster Farm

Aug 13, 2017

Come hike the nature trail and picnic with the farm animals!

Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center

Aug 6, 2017

You can picnic and interact with over 300 different animals & birds!

Lilymoore Alpaca Farm

Jul 30, 2017

Fluffy alpacas romp in a gorgeous and historic setting!

Appalachian Trail: Route 55, Pawling

Jul 23, 2017

Perfect family-friendly hike to get away from it all!

Saugerties Lighthouse

Jul 9, 2017

Hike to a secluded beach, picnic area and old lighthouse on the Hudson River.

Madava Farms

Jul 2, 2017

Hike to picturesque ponds, toast marshmallows, sit on the patio for lunch or relax with a local beer!

Day Trip - Norwalk

Jun 18, 2017

Right over the border in Connecticut, Norwalk awaits! With beaches, an aquarium and a ferry ride to your own, private island adventure!

Day Trip - Jersey City

Jun 11, 2017

Just a short drive outside the HV are beautiful views of NYC, an awesome science museum & the most fabulous carousel ever!

Day Trip - The Berkshires

Jun 4, 2017

Waterfalls, charming New England towns, mountain views and amazing museums all await you on this family-friendly day trip!

Day Trip - Albany

May 30, 2017

Spend the perfect day in the Capital District of New York, there are so many family-friendly places to choose from!

Peach Hill Park

May 21, 2017

The highest point in Poughkeepsie, this family-friendly hike is filled with blossoming apple trees, wild birds, juicy wild berries and field upon field of wildflowers.

Dover Stone Church

May 12, 2017

This family-friendly hike has over 5 miles of trails to explore and a stream-fed cavern that is truly a spiritual experience!

Constitution Marsh & Indian Brook Falls

May 7, 2017

A truly magical place; hike through wild blueberry patches, a unique tidal marsh and splash around at the base of Indian Brook Falls!

Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area

Apr 30, 2017

A family-friendly hike that ends with a waterfall and plenty of places to dunk your toes in!

A Perfect Day in Beacon

Apr 23, 2017

An ultimate family day in Beacon; amazing local food, kid- friendly art museums, eclectic toy stores, glass blowing and an awesome waterfront playground!

Stonecrop Gardens

Apr 17, 2017

Beautiful gardens, native wildlife and rocky waterfalls all in one place waiting for your family to explore!

Trevor Zoo

Apr 10, 2017

A learning zoo, housed in the Millbrook School and it’s the only one of its kind in the whole United States!

Chuang Yen Monastery

Apr 3, 2017

A monastery may seem like an unlikely place to spend the day with your children, but I assure you that they are going to have a ball while learning all about Buddhist culture!