For some reason
just about everyone is fascinated by lighthouses.
Maybe its the romance they create, maybe its
the isolation and separateness they embody,
maybe its just the sheer pleasure of climbing
up and getting a better view?
Whatever the reason,
you will love the Saugerties Lighthouse!
The Saugerties Lighthouse
is the only lighthouse in the Hudson Valley
that you can actually walk out to. Located down
a rustic path at the end of a nature preserve,
the Saugerties Lighthouse is an excursion out
into the middle of the river through a tranquil
woodland out to a tranquil and peaceful isolation.
The nature preserve is a result of the jetty
lining the northern edge of the Esopus Creek
and the dredging necessary to improve this important
19th century industrial harbor. Over the last
century the spoils were added to by the currents
of the river itself and were inhabited by water
loving trees and shrubs. The result is a tranquil
preserve rich in species providing a haven for
all manner of wildlife and migrating birds.
From the banks of
the preserve as well as from the lighthouse
itself the views of the mighty Hudson River
swirling around you are magnificent. The deep
blue of the river continues to provide one of
the best transportation pathways into the interior
of New York with huge ships plying the waters
between upstate and New York Harbor. Uncountable
small pleasure craft, from small sailboats to
large pleasure craft, skip across the waves
filled with happy people out for a day on the
river. You wave at them from your perch atop
the lighthouse and they happily wave back, each
of you beckoning to the other to experience
the delights you are having.
Being a river lighthouse,
the Saugerties Lighthouse is a short beacon
only 46 feet above the river. But this seemingly
short distance gets you up into the air high
above the surrounding trees and landscape, giving
you a complete panoramic view of the river and
the banks. Once you reach the top you will want
to spend some time enjoying this magnificent
Be sure to go to
the lighthouse when it is open to the public
so you can see the inside of the fully restored
keepers house and climb the light. Access to
the lighthouse is on weekend and holiday afternoons
from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. But be aware
that you can access the interiors of the lighthouse
at other times too! The Keepers House is run
as the most unique Bed & Breakfast in the
Hudson Valley. Two of the bedrooms upstairs
accommodate overnight guests in simple yet comfortable
surroundings. Spend the night on the river for
a real experience you will never forget!
But at any time
you can walk the Nature Preserve out to the
lighthouse and wander the decks and two small
artificial islands on which it sits. At any
time the views are spectacular and the experience
is one you will always remember.