I hiked Hook Mountain and the Long Path at Nyack Beach State Park in Nyack, NY. This hike offered spectacular views of the Tappan-Zee Bridge. It was supposed to be a 12 mile hike but I decided to do a shorter, six mile version of the hike because of other things going on. The hike went about 2 miles in one direction along the top of Hook Mountain and the Long Path trail at the top of the palisades located there; then returned in the opposite direction along a bike path directly adjacent to the Hudson River. Exciting birds that I saw included a pair or worm-eating warblers chasing each other around right next to the Hudson River and really good looks at a great-crested flycatcher and red-eyed vireo. It was also really good to hear Baltimore orioles singing for the first time this year. Flowers that I remember being in bloom include columbine, a five-petaled white flower with sassafras looking leaves, and a small aster/daisy like flower.
There is a lot of history associated with this trail. The land was once used for quarrying but luckily early residents realized that the quarrying was destroying the landscape and they found a way to put a stop to it. Also, the Knickerbocker Ice Company, once the largest ice company in NY, was located on section of this trail. Ice was harvested at nearby Rockland Lake and lowered via elevators to the Hudson River where it was transported to NYC. Pretty Cool!
Until next time, have a great week!