Upstater Destinations: Belleayre Beach, Pine Hill

  |  June 21, 2012

Belleayre Beach lifeguard post and diving platform

Just when we were staring to wonder if summer was ever going to commit, suddenly, the Hudson Valley/Catskills are getting slammed with 90-100 degree temperatures. And, like us, you’re probably looking for ways to stay cool. There are lots of swimming holes along the Delaware River, if you have the wherewithal to find them. Or you can just park your car and jump in. But sometimes the river is a little frigid, or you just want a little spot to spread out a blanket, maybe have a picnic, or let the kids run around on a playground when they’ve had enough of swimming. Sometimes, you want a beach, even if it’s a small one.

That’s why we at Upstater recommend taking a drive up Route 28 to Pine Hill and stopping at Belleayre Beach on Pine Hill Lake. It’s a modest area and can get pretty crowded on hot summer weekends, but it’s usually sparse on the weekdays, giving you lots of room to splash around in the swimming area. And, if you do go on the weekends and find it crowded, the deeper area of the lake is usually empty, since most of the beach-goers are families with small children who hang out right at the shore.

Lifeguards are on duty when the beach is open, and if you prefer to float on the water instead of getting in, you can rent a rowboat, pedal boat, or kayak for $6/hour. There’s also a snack bar and a changing area. Leave your scuba masks and water wings at home, though. The beach doesn’t allow them; US Coast Guard-approved floatation devices only.

Belleayre Beach is a decent bargain at $8 per carload, or, you can find a place to park outside of the area and walk in for $2.

More information including hours of operation can be found on the Belleayre Beach webpage.

Belleayre Beach, Pine Hill Lake

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