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West Point's Waterfront
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Far below the Parade Grounds, down beneath Trophy Point, just down the road from the gym are the West Point Docks. Built to moor visiting ships, the docks now serve more as a fishing destination and sightseeing spot than as a moorage.

To get to the docks, just head downhill north of Trophy Point, sort of in the direction of Eisenhower Hall, keep going down and you will find yourself at riverside. Follow the road around to the point and pull off.

The view from the docks is the same as from Trophy Point, only down at river level. From here you can see straight north up the river, past Storm King Mountain on the left, up through the North Gate of the Hudson Highlands, up to Newburgh. Across the river is Constitution Island with Cold Spring tucked behind it. Down river on the right is the point, around which all vessels must maneuver.

It's this point, and the immediate ninety degree turn to the north that makes West Point so strategic on the Hudson River. And why Washington ordered it to be held at all costs. And why Benedict Arnold found the British so eager to assist him in his treason. The Point commands all traffic up and down the river, and the British sought to split the colonies by seizing the Hudson.

Spend a few minutes and head up the path out to the point itself. Down here at river level, look back up at the heights of West Point and see for yourself why it was the lynch pin to winning the Revolution.

PUBLISHERS NOTE: Since we took this image, West Point has been put under heavy security and you can no longer wander the post freely. Unfortunately, this means you can no longer go down to the North Dock and see this view.

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