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Take in Some Local Nature

Visit Nyack Beach State Park for river views, wildlife and hiking

Is there any better way to get back to basics—and more in touch with your spirit—than a visit with nature?

The good news is Rockland has plenty of nature to offer—even .

"Nyack Beach State Park has got a lot of amenities," says William Biles, a Park Ranger who has worked at the site for the past 17 years. "People come to sit and watch the [Hudson] and walk along the one-and-a-half-mile trail. You don’t have to be a jogger or runner."

Nyack Beach State Park also offers bicycling, fishing, hiking and picnicking in its 76 acres, and occasionally hawks and can be spotted in the cliffs of the Palisades.

Currently, there is an admission charge only on weekends, but cars with New York license plates are free. When the busy season begins in June, there will be a fee daily. An Empire Pass is available to anybody 65 and over for free entry seven days a week in season.“You can drive all the way into the lot if a person is disabled or has problems walking,” Biles added.

Picnic tables are available right near the parking, and they face the river for a nice view. And the Hudson River may be the best thing about Nyack Beach State Park. The soothing, nice lapping of little waves encourages rest.

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Nyack Beach State Park, 698 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack (845) 358-1316

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