The guided park walks highlighted cover varied terrain and scenery and different levels of walking with 1 sneaker equaling easy, 2 sneaker is moderate and 3 sneaker equaling strenuous. Pre-registration is suggested by calling (845) 708-7308 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Walks will be held rain or shine.
Stateline Lookout: Walk Along Old Route 9W on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Join Docent John Parnell on this three-mile moderately difficult walk with some steep sections, but otherwise level. This is a graded trail with some stone steps.
- Directions: The park is about a mile south of the New Jersey/New York state line. It has its own but un-numbered exit off the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Alpine, NJ. From the Palisades Parkway South, stay in the left lane after passing Exit 3. Take the median U-turn. Get into the right lane immediately to exit for State Line Lookout and meet in the parking lot.
- Hiking boots are recommended, and a walking stick is suggested. Bring water. Restrooms are available, no dogs are allowed and this walk is not stroller friendly.
Haverstraw Talk and Walk: Haverstraw History and Brick Industry on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Join Docents Louise and Jack Parnell for a historic talk followed by a two-mile, easy hour walk around landmarks of Haverstraw. The walk will be on a paved surface or sidewalks. Historic sites include historic stores, the site of the landslide, and the Elks Club, which used to be the home of a brickyard owner.
- Directions: From 9W continue to Main Street in Haverstraw. Make a right turn and proceed to Maple Street. Make a right on Maple and go 1 1/2 blocks to the free parking lot on the left. Walk back to Main Street. The Haverstraw Brick Museum is located at 12 Main Street, just off West Street. Parking is also available behind the museum and costs 25 cents for 30 minutes for a total of 2 hours.
- The event is part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble and in partnership with the Haverstraw Brick Museum.
Free Talk at the Haverstraw Brick Museum: Learn about the Vanished Hamlets of the Hudson Valley on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Join the Rockland County Trail Guide docents at a free talk by Elizabeth "Perk" Stalter, a former resident of Doodletown, and the author of "Doodletown Hiking Through History in a Vanished Hamlet on the Hudson." She will discuss the vanished hamlets of the Hudson Valley including Johnsonton, Sandyfield, Baileytown, and Queensboro.
From 9W proceed to Main Street in Haverstraw. Make a right turn and go to Maple
Street. Make a right on Maple and go 1 1/2 blocks to the free parking lot on
the left. Walk back to Main Street. The museum is located at 12 Main Street,
just off West Street.
Free parking is available in the back of the building.
- Refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted.
“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.
Walkers should wear proper footwear such as walking shoes/boots or sneakers, light-colored clothing and a jacket or hat, depending on the weather. Suggeste items to bring include binoculars, a camera, water, sunscreen, snack, and walking stick. Before starting any physical activity program, speak to your physician.
Visit www.rocklandsteps.org/calendar for information, directions, and updates and www.rocklandsteps.org/walks for specifics about the trails. All guided walks are coordinated and supported in partnership with the county Division of Environmental Resources, the county Youth Bureau’s AmeriCorps program, and health department’s Steps to a Healthier Rockland program.