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Jones Point
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Jones Point protrudes out into the mighty Hudson River just north of Stony Point and below the South Gate to the Hudson Highlands. An important strategic location, ships had to tack around the point to navigate up and down the river.

Below Jones Point, during the Revolution, one of the great Chains Across the Hudson acted to block British ships of war from ascending the Hudson. Jones Point, settled since colonial times, was an observation outpost and at times, fortified to protect the South Gate of the Hudson.

These days, Jones point provides a spectacular view of the Hudson and across the river to Peekskill and down to Verplank. It's also a prime example of the preciousness of river access, as the Hudson is completely blocked all up and down the point behind the Penn Central tracks laid during the 19th century. On the lower Hudson there are very few places where you can actually access the banks of the river. On the west bank long freight trains travel up and down the Hudson bringing goods into and out of New York City, along the East Bank passenger trains and Amtrak continually rumble along the banks.

Across the river from Jones Point, in Peekskill, you can see the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Peekskill and Verplank, by the way, are where actor Mel Gibson was born and raised prior to his family moving to Australia.

 
 
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