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Plum Point Park
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Plum Point Park is one of those places that if you don't know it is there you will never find it. A tiny little Orange County Park, Plum Point offers picnic tables, river swimming and extraordinary views.

The park is located on the west bank of the Hudson, just south of Newburgh and north of Cornwall. Driving Route 9W, pay attention as across from Joe's Pier 42 is a faded wooden sign pointing down a tiny road toward the river. Follow the road, go over the railroad tracks and keep going. Parking for a few cars is available and the facilities are limited to portable johns.

But park the car and stroll down to the end of the old ferry slip, the view awaiting you is incredible. To the north are the Newburgh Bays, directly across the river is Bannerman's Castle and looming up behind the castle is the North Gate of the majestic Hudson River Highlands. This facade of mountains is the northern edge of the Appalachian chain as it crosses the mighty Hudson. To the south lies West Point, Garrison, Cold Spring and all of the Hudson Highlands. On the right between the mountains and the park lies the bay of Cornwall-on-Hudson. A charming little village, make sure to take a minute and stop for a stroll along the main street.

Just remember please, Plum Point Park is a secret! It's a tiny little jewel of a park that we just don't want to let anyone else know about! Out at the end of the ferry slip make sure to plan some time to sit and soak in the view. Slow down and watch sailboats ply up and down the river, take a pole and some bait and try your hand at catching some of the fish swirling around the point, and dip your feet into the waters of the mighty Hudson.

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