Few parks are as small as the Foundry Dock Park in Cold Spring, New York. Nevertheless, what this little park lacks in size, it makes up for in pure scenic beauty and the gratifying sounds of nature. Whether you enjoy taking in the relaxing sounds of the Hudson River lapping against the shoreline, birds singing in the trees or the occasional Metro-North train passing by, this park has a lot to offer. Numerous benches allow patrons to take in the majestic sites along the banks of the Hudson River.

 

Boasting a rich history, this less than an acre park, is a riverfront oasis listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Established in 1818, the site originally was a busy loading dock for the West Point Foundry, which produced military armaments after the War of 1812 including the cast iron artillery and munitions during the Civil War. The Foundry also produced the water pipes for New York City, as well as some of America’s first steamships and locomotives. The site of the current park was used to transport goods from the foundry onto Hudson River barges and then on to the rest of the world. That old pier can be seen during low tide. Right next door to the park is the Chapel of Our Lady, which was built to serve those workers of the foundry.

This park connects to the West Point Foundry Preserve allowing for exploration of the Hudson Valley's wildlife. Nestled in between Metro-North Cold Spring Station and The Chapel Restoration project, this site also provides access to the Constitution Marshes Sanctuary. From serene settings for bird watching, picnicking and fishing to more active spots for hiking, kayaking or canoeing this Hudson River Greenway Water Trail site has much to offer.