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Plum Point Park is one
of those places that if you don't know it is there
you will never find it. A tiny little Orange County
Park, Plum Point offers picnic tables, river swimming
and extraordinary views.
The park is located on
the west bank of the Hudson, just south of Newburgh
and north of Cornwall. Driving Route 9W, pay attention
as across from Joe's Pier 42 is a faded wooden sign
pointing down a tiny road toward the river. Follow
the road, go over the railroad tracks and keep going.
Parking for a few cars is available and the facilities
are limited to portable johns.
But park the car and stroll
down to the end of the old ferry slip, the view awaiting
you is incredible. To the north are the Newburgh Bays,
directly across the river is Bannerman's Castle and
looming up behind the castle is the North Gate of
the majestic Hudson River Highlands. This facade of
mountains is the northern edge of the Appalachian
chain as it crosses the mighty Hudson. To the south
lies West Point, Garrison, Cold Spring and all of
the Hudson Highlands. On the right between the mountains
and the park lies the bay of Cornwall-on-Hudson. A
charming little village, make sure to take a minute
and stop for a stroll along the main street.
Just remember please,
Plum Point Park is a secret! It's a tiny little jewel
of a park that we just don't want to let anyone else
know about! Out at the end of the ferry slip make
sure to plan some time to sit and soak in the view.
Slow down and watch sailboats ply up and down the
river, take a pole and some bait and try your hand
at catching some of the fish swirling around the point,
and dip your feet into the waters of the mighty Hudson.