BEACON - Assemblyman Frank Skartados recently joined representatives from Scenic Hudson and the state Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation on a hike up Mount Beacon on Monday, July 15, 2013.
Prior to a 1983 fire, Mount Beacon was home to the world’s steepest incline railway known as the Beacon Incline Railway, and it was one of the Hudson Valley’s prime tourist attractions. The Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society is working to restore the incline railway, with hopes of making the mountain a major tourist destination.
On June 22, 2013, the Mount Beacon Firetower reopened after 10 years of planning and restoration by volunteers. This firetower provides views of over 75 miles including the Catskills, Hudson River, Palisades and New York City.
Mount Beacon is one of many cultural attractions in Beacon. Assemblyman Skartados continues to work with local leaders to invest in our parks and encourage tourism in Beacon. Tourists who come to enjoy Mount Beacon will also enjoy Beacon’s many restaurants, shops and cultural institutions.