Fall Season Free Guided Park Walks


County Executive Ed Day and the Rockland County Department of Health encourage residents to put on your walking shoes and join experienced Rockland County Trail Guide Docents on a variety of free local guided walks.

“We hope County residents take advantage of this great chance to explore our beautiful, natural environment and get some exercise at the same time,” said Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County commissioner of Health.

The September guided park walks highlighted below offer visitors varied terrain, great scenery, interesting discussion points, and different levels of walking (1 sneaker is easy, 2 sneaker is moderate, 3 sneaker is strenuous):

Lake Sebago, Harriman State Park: Walk to Two Abandoned Johnsontown Cemeteries

Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon RAIN DATE: Saturday, September 20 

– Docent Louise Parnell leads this moderately difficult (2 sneaker) 1.5-mile walk to two of the four abandoned Johnsontown Cemeteries, Pine Grove and Johnson Cemetery. With the help of both Walter Luther, President, and Florence Anderson, senior historian, from the Historical Society of the Palisades, participants will learn about the vanished hamlet of Johnsontown and its cemeteries. Since Sebago Beach is permanently closed to the public, participants will have a rare opportunity to go into Lake Sebago with the park’s permission and see these abandoned cemeteries. Registration required: Call Louise Parnell at 845-290-5287by September 12.

Raymond G. Esposito Rail Trail: Where Fitness and History Merge

Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Docent Nice Mclean leads a difficult (3 sneaker) mostly flat walk that will be about seven miles in length round-trip along the Raymond G. Esposito Rail Trail to the newly restored Piermont Train Station used by the Erie Railroad in the 1870s. See the views of the Hudson River and the Tappan Zee Bridge. No registration required. Meet at the gazebo on Broadway in Nyack near the Police Station

Samuel G. Fisher Mt. Ivy Park: Rockland’s Mysterious Bayou

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Join Docent Jack Bloom, on this moderate (2-sneaker) 3-mile walk on a combination of an old road, open meadows and an abandoned rail road track. There may be some wet spots, especially after rains as the area is a wetland. The trail is relatively flat and wide. Half of the walk is along an old railroad right of way. The other half is a natural trail. The docent will discuss The Pomona/Mt. Ivy Wetlands: Rockland’s Mysterious Bayou. No registration required.

Historic Haverstraw and the Brick Industry: Talk and Walk

Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 1 – 4 p.m. (1  – 3 p.m. Talk about Haverstraw and Haverstraw Landslide; 3 – 4 p.m., walk the streets of historic Haverstraw)

Join Docent Louise Parnell at the Haverstraw Brick Museum for a Talk and Walk. Using artifacts and charts, participants will learn about the brick industry that started and flourished in Haverstraw.  Using pictures from the archives, we will look at life in Haverstraw at that time, the important men whose ingenuity started the brick industy and the 1906 landslide.  The walk will be an easy 1.5 mile stroll on the streets around the Village of Haverstraw. No registration required.  For more information call Louise Parnell at 845-290-5287.
·       This event is part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble.

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