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SUNSET KAYAKING: Lower Wappingers Creek into the Hudson & short waterfall hike

Paddling Wappingers Creek Mouth

Paddle the creek as it enters the Hudson & short hike to Wappingers Falls

This is a short paddle that explores the terminus of the Wappinger Creek as it drains into the Hudson River. The water will be tidal as it meets the Hudson.

It's a nice little paddle that offers nice views of the creeks' steep bank that has prevented development. We'll paddle as far north as we can on the creek passing by the old bleachery which in its heydey almost a century ago employed over 1,000 people but then was abandoned for decades and only recently is starting to see a rebirth. Just past here we'll disembark briefly for a short scramble to take in the views of the falls that gave the village its name and then return to our boats and try to time it to watch the sunset over the Hudson River from under the Train Bridge.


Many birds and wildlife reside here, including the invasive species the water chestnut, which may make paddling difficult along the shore (the current carves a nice paddling stream in the center). We'll paddle downstream, into the Hudson and circumnavigate an island with interesting development and then turn around for the return paddle.

Located at the confluence of Hunter Brook and the Wappinger Creek Estuary, Reese Park consists of 30 acres of woodlands, fields, and streams. It is a prime observatory for many species of woodpeckers, native herbs, and New York’s native trees. Reese Park is also home to a small pond teeming with life. Aquatic insects, frogs, fish, turtles, and even duck and the great blue heron can be observed while visiting Reese Park.

Meet at the Put-In at 5:15, Launch by 5:30pm.

Sun sets at 7:01pm.

Total Mileage: 4-5 miles roundtrip.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 
Estimated Paddle Time: 2-3 hours.
Special Gear / Requirements: Boat, paddle, lifejacket, headlamp, water, camera.


Wear sturdy shoes as the walk to the waterfall, while short is also rocky.


Join us at Buffalo Wild Wings in Wappingers after the paddle.


This is NYC-Friendly. It is short distance to the New Hamburg Train Station on Metro-North.

Kayak Rentals are available from AWAY Adventure Outfitters.

Email [masked] for rental information

Directions: From I-84, take exit 11 onto SR 9D North. After 5 miles turn L onto CR-28 also known as New Hamburg Rd. After about a mile, turn R onto Creek Road (don't go over the creek). Pass the entrance to Reese Park on your R. On your L is a parking area and ramp down to the creek.

Google map link to the trail head:

NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps, tide charts and route features carefully; have confidence in your swimming and self-rescue ability and know where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. This is not a guided trip. In keeping with club philosophy this is your adventure, organizers organize the event but are not tour guides or trip leaders. Even if you rent a kayak, you assume full responsibility for your preparedness, welfare and well-being. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.

See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.

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  • Cathi Howard D.

    This paddle was a lot of fun. Folks were friendly and welcoming. I was thrilled to see a bald eagle and dozens of great blue herons. Paddled the same course on Sunday, but it wasn't as much fun without the hikers!

    September 24, 2013

  • Mike K.

    Great night to be out. Good crowd.

    September 17, 2013

  • Seamus G.

    Nice paddle down to the river. We saw a bald eagle up close and many blue herons.

    September 17, 2013

  • Cathi Howard D.

    This is my 2nd event. Is it too late to tag along?

    September 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just RSVP and call to get a kayak

      September 17, 2013

    • Mike K.

      Nope. Not too late. If you need to rent shoot an email ASAP to [masked].

      September 17, 2013

  • francisco

    I wish I can go to this event but from mount kisco to the meeting place it will be 5:40 at the time I get there, I hope next time I can join this group... have fun

    August 13, 2013

  • Kathi

    Sounds like a great paddler. Would my boat, 17' fiberglass, be appropriate for this event. Concerned about water level, rocks, and maneuverability.

    August 11, 2013

    • Mike K.

      Yes, length is great. Water deep. Note that we will paddle upstream first, beach the boats and then rock-hop to the waterfall. You'll just want to be careful about beaching the boat here as it's fiberglass.

      August 12, 2013

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