West Point is a restricted military post. You will travel through at least one and possibly two security checkpoints. These are no big deal and automobile inspections are pretty quick and limited, if conducted at all.
However, all adults MUST have valid government issued picture ID available for presentation to security - -your valid driver’s license is sufficient. If you arrive without a driver’s license, it is likely you will not be permitted to pass through the security checkpoint.
Please print and complete the updated waiver (attached), which must be signed by a parent/guardian for rowers under age 18. All rowers must bring the waiver and a photo ID in order to pass through the gate. Please note that all adult drivers will also be required to present a valid photo ID (driver's license is perfect).
The security checkpoint is located at the Thayer Gate – on the south end of the post - -in the town of Highland Falls, NY.
If parents plan to stay at WP/Highland Falls during the training sessions, the Hotel Thayer (on your right on top of the hill as you pass through the Thayer Gate) is an ideal spot to relax and have a cup of coffee. It is definitely more comfortable than the boathouse. If you are arriving with kids that will be in need of more entertainment than that, there is a military museum on the main road in Highland Falls. There is also a Starbucks on site.
Attached are GPS directions to South Dock (please print as car navigation systems do not always provide directions).
GPS Directions (can try these): South Dock, West Point, NY or Thayer Gate, West Point, NY or Hotel Thayer, West Point, NY – OR use the attached directions.
Ask the MP at Thayer Gate for direction to the boathouse – or to the train station -- and follow these directions:
When you arrive at the train station at the South Dock, go to the left (North), keeping the Hudson River on your right. About 500 yards ahead on Ernst Road, you will find the WP Boathouse (at the kink in the road just before the River Courts ballfields). Parking is in front. Note: Do not get confused by the sailing docks and the buildings for the sailing team. The boathouse is a bit further north on Ernst Road.