Nyack Beach State Park

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Nyack Beach State Park
A path between the Palisades Sill and the Hudson River at Nyack Beach State Park
Nyack Beach State Park is located in New York
Nyack Beach State Park
Location of Nyack Beach State Park in New York State
TypeState park
LocationUpper Nyack
Rockland County, New York
Coordinates41°07′15″N 73°54′40″W / 41.1207°N 73.9112°W / 41.1207; -73.9112Coordinates: 41°07′15″N 73°54′40″W / 41.1207°N 73.9112°W / 41.1207; -73.9112
Area61 acres (0.25 km2)[1]
Created1911 (1911)
Operated by
Visitors169,661 (in 2014)[2]
WebsiteNyack Beach State Park

Nyack Beach State Park is a 61-acre (0.25 km2) state park[1] in Upper Nyack, Rockland County, New York. It consists of a small parking lot and a riverfront pathway,[3] the southernmost section of the Hudson River Valley Greenway. It is known for its physical proximity to the Hudson River on one side of the pathway and the looming cliffs of the Palisades rising 700 feet (210 m) above on the other side.[4]

The park is included within the Palisades Interstate Park system[5] and is functionally part of a continuous complex of parks that also includes Rockland Lake State Park, Hook Mountain State Park, and Haverstraw Beach State Park.[6]


The Palisades Interstate Park Commission purchased what was to become Nyack Beach State Park in 1911 to provide space for recreation, and to protect the land from the effects of quarrying that were impacting the Hudson River Palisades during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[6]

Along with a portion of adjacent Hook Mountain State Park, Nyack Beach was declared a National Natural Landmark in April 1980 for its portion of the Palisades Sill.[7]

Park description[edit]

The park offers picnicking, hiking, bicycling, fishing, and cross-country skiing along the pathway.[3] The path is flat and handicapped-accessible.[8] The pathway runs for two miles (3.2 km) along the river towards Rockland Lake State Park.

As the name implies, the park originally included a swimming beach which has been closed for many years due to pollution in the Hudson River. In 2005, it was suggested that the beach could be reopened for swimming due to the improved condition of the river.[9]


Hawks and raptors nest in the cliff and are easily viewed from the pathway.[5] In 1994 there was a harbor seal at the park, and in 1995 a harbor seal spent much of August in the vicinity of the park.[citation needed] Fossils and dinosaur footprints have been found in the rocks along the pathway.[10]

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  1. ^ a b "Section O: Environmental Conservation and Recreation, Table O-9". 2014 New York State Statistical Yearbook (PDF). The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. 2014. p. 673. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Nyack Beach State Park". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Motyka, John (October 2, 1987). "In Nyack, N.Y., Scenic Walks and a Paradise of Victoriana". The New York Times. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Nyack Beach State Park, NY". Palisades Park Conservancy. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Final Master Plan for Rockland Lake, Hook Mountain, Nyack Beach and Haverstraw Beach State Parks" (PDF). Parks.ny.gov. NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. July 10, 2013. p. 6. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "National Natural Landmarks - National Natural Landmarks (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov. Retrieved April 15, 2019. Year designated: 1980
  8. ^ "Nyack Beach State Park". Hudson Valley Network. Retrieved March 23, 2009.
  9. ^ Alexander, William (July 10, 2005). "Go Jump in the River". The New York Times. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  10. ^ Browne, Malcolm W. (November 2, 1990). "Buried Treasure a Zillion Years Old". The New York Times. Retrieved November 15, 2015.

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