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Rockland County officials encourage Rocklanders to put on their walking shoes and enjoy the “great outdoors” with experienced Rockland County Trail Guides on free guided walks this month. Guided walks offer visitors varied terrain, great scenery, interesting discussion points, and different levels of walking.

Bear Mountain State Park: Nature and History at Bald Mountain/Doodletown Loop!

Dog friendly walk!  (Bring 6-foot leash)
Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join Trail Guide Mary Beth Foisy on this 5-mile difficult round-trip walk at Bear Mountain that will start with a strenuous climb of over 1,000 vertical feet during the first two miles, to the summit of Bald Mountain.

The top will afford a beautiful panoramic view of the Hudson Valley. The hike will then continue at a more gentle descent, looping onto the 1777 Trail, and through the former settlement of Doodletown, which thrived for 200 years until becoming parkland in the 1960s.

Snacks or lunch and plenty of water. Bug repellant, sunscreen, binoculars, towel and walking sticks – as desired. Sturdy hiking boots recommended. Dress for the weather and bring jacket, hat and rain gear as you see fit. No public restrooms on trail.

Take Palisades Parkway to its terminus at the Bear Mountain Circle. Continue South of Route 9W for 1.3 miles to a small hiker’s trailhead parking area on the left side of the road, just past a concrete bridge over a stream. Trailhead parking off Route 9W.

Fitness Walk at Rockland Lake State Park/Nyack Beach Trail

Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Join Trail Guide Nice McLean, on this challenging, very difficult 8-mile round-trip fitness walk. The walk will begin from the Firehouse at Rockland Lake State Park. Walkers will head down to the Nyack Beach Trail and walk to the end of the trail in Haverstraw. The hike will also include stops at 4 ‘stations’ for approximately 10 minutes to do a variety of exercises including taekwondo, balancing, focusing and stretching. All of this is done to music while in nature.
  • Directions: From 9W North at Lake Road, make a right into Rockland Lake (North Entrance), keep left and pass the entrance booth for Rockland Lake on your right. Continue on the outer ring road, passing Gesthamane Cemetery and the tennis courts on the left. As the outer ring road goes right, stay to the left at the fork onto Landing Road, and pass the Knickerbocker Firehouse. You will see the parking area. For more information visit Google Maps:
  • Meet in the parking lot by the Firehouse at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers. Parking is limited.• Walkers will stop for lunch/snacks along the trail so pack something to eat. If possible, bring a towel and work-out gloves for ground exercises.• Pre-registration for all walks is suggested (for some walks pre-registration is required). For more information or to register, call (845) 708-7307 or e-mail

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