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Historical Hikes

April 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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(approximately 3.5 to 4 hours)

Pre-Registration Required (Call 845-786-2731, ext. 1005 or [email protected])

($20 per person – bring your own lunch – $10 Parking Fee to Park not included)


Hiking Description from Pattye, NY Certified Hiking Guide: The Hike to Doodletown is a moderate hike that will take us to what was once a thriving community. Just a short hike from the Bear Mountain Inn we will walk a historic trail to discover this village that once was. Although there are no buildings there are signposts at the site of each once describing what was there and who lived there. There is also a waterfall, which is better in the spring or rainy season and an old reservoir each are perfect spots for a picnic. There are two cemeteries; one is still in use by one of the families that inhabited Doodletown. A hike to Doodletown is great any time of year but if you like to see the foundations of the buildings I recommend the fall and early spring when there isn’t as much growth and they are less likely to be covered. It is a moderate hike following the historic 1777 trail, it is the route taken by British troops under Sir Henry Clinton on October 6, 1777 to attack the American forces at Fort Clinton and Fort Montgomery. These forces would have split at Doodletown one faction going around Bear Mountain to Fort Montgomery and the other continuing through Doodletown. We will leave the 1777 trail before Doodletown and follow an old woods road down to what they called the swimming hole. And if there is water, a nice water fall. Continuing along this woods road we will pass a test hole for a mine by Thomas Edison. He owned 194 acres here and was involved in a project to extract iron ore with magnets. But he abandoned his iron projects after the price of iron dropped when the Mesabi Range mines opened in Minnesota. He sold the property to the park in 1928. We will join the Pleasant Valley Road which will take us through Doodletown passing markers designating homes along the way. Stop for a lunch or snack at Doodletown Reservoir and then continue back to Bear Mountain Inn. The hike is approximate 4 miles and I also suggest we take small garbage bags with us to help show a little love to our park and pick any litter we may find along the trail. (Shouldn’t be much) For this hike the guests will need hiking shoes, boots not necessary, water, and a snack or lunch.

2:00 PM HIKE TO WEST MOUNTAIN (STRENUOUS HIKE): Hiking Description from Pattye, NY Certified Hiking Guide: This hike is one of my favorites and there are lots of viewpoints. It is strenuous and will require hiking boots or shoes. We will leave from Bear Mountain Inn and follow several trails to the top of West Mountain. The return trail follows a rugged trail for about one mile and hands and feet will be needed for a couple of spots on the trail. It is approximately 6 miles and will take about 4 hours. Don’t forget to pack a lunch or a snack for a break with a gorgeous view


April 27, 2019
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm