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Fahnestock Spring

April 19, 2013

Two great ladies: give them a mess of markers and a hammer, the results …

Jane the nailer:

and Liz a tacks


Hudson Trail: Working on signage for Clarence Fahnestock State Park

February 23, 2012

We are working on signage for entering and exiting the Clarence Fahnestock State Park and the Hudson Highlands State Park, where the Hudson trail overlays existing trails. We also are working on a possible new trail in and next to the Hudson Highlands State Park. Please join us for indoor (designing signs, blogging, Google Earth work) and outdoor work!
Here is a tentative draft of a sample sign. Please comment.

Sign for Hudson Trail on entering Fahnestock State Park

Hudson Trail in Clarence Fahnestock State Park

CommuniTyler Event

December 10, 2011

On December 3rd, as the NYC CommuniTyler
kickoff event, a group of 2 dozen New Yorkers, led by Kacey Ronaldson, worked with Friends of the Hudson Trail to do maintenance on a portion of the Old Croton Aqueduct used by the Hudson Trail.

communiTYler on the Hudson Trail

CommuniTYler helping out Hudson Trail / Old Croton Aqueduct

Branches were moved and garbage was carted out and a good time was had by all.

Off the roads and into the woods?!

October 23, 2009

We have had encouraging meetings with the NYC DEP concerning routing the trail off Rte. 129 into the woods just north of the New Croton Dam. This would be approximately .7 miles.  There is still work to go: a formal proposal to make, but we are encouraged.

the proposed off road adjustment

the proposed off road adjustment

National Trails Day 2009

June 10, 2009

Our group was small but lively and a good time was had by all. We saw many specimens of Natrix Sipedon (the Northern water snake) basking in the sun’s rays after a heavy rain: pictures of fauna and flora coming. Here is our photographer putting up a marker.


March 15, 2009

On a spring break day in March, we tramped on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail through the Lyndhurst estate, now a National Historic Landmark. Our spanking new markers were put to the test as the broad field provided few trees for the task.

Here is a picture of a statue in front of the main building.
Statue at Lynhurst

Please comment if you can tell us who or what the statue represents.

Lyndhurst National Historic site from the Hudson Trail
West view. Notice the snowbells peeking up under the tree.
Looking up the Lyndhurst house
View from the south.

Marking Trail in Philipstown, NY

December 2, 2008

Jeanine and Headhood were working off a great turkey dinner cooked mainly by Aviva by painting telephone poles in Philipstown, NY.  Additional thrills were ours as we painted our markers through the former downtown area of McKeel’s Corners.  The buildings, all of them, were removed in the 1950s to make way for the widening of Routes 301 and 9 (aka Albany Post Road). The little white church shown in the video dates from the 1840s.  North on Route 9, the two-room brick school house has been boarded up for years.

Back on the Trail

November 14, 2008
sample plastic HT marker from the Voss Signs, Inc.

sample plastic HT marker from the Voss Signs, Inc.

Much campaign work, but now we are back at work on the Hudson Trail. In the meantime, Bob has put together a design for a trail marker with input from Jeanine, Elizabeth and Autumn and others. The order is in to Voss Signs.

We also explored and pushed the measuring wheel over a side trail called the Old Colaburgh Trail.

While waiting for final finishing up on the South Trek, we have started communications with Dutchess County Parks to begin marking the Stissing Trek.

Ribbon cutting at the High Bridge

August 27, 2008

We haven’t taken the summer off: we have been pretty busy doing indoor (meetings, letter writing and calling) and outdoor (blazing and scouting) work. On August 26, 2008, Bob, Elizabeth and Jeanine were part of a lively crowd joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Parks Commissioner Adrean Benepe at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new High Bridge Access Trail in Manhattan.

The High Bridge was open for this event and we walked over the bridge to the Bronx side and walked back. It was a glorious day.

Just in case you need some help with the geography, the High Bridge spans the Harlem River from Manhattan on the west to [the] Bronx on east.

High Bridge and the Hudson Trail

High Bridge and the Hudson Trail

The parks on both sides are beautiful and well-maintained. When the High Bridge restoration is complete, scheduled for 2012, we will move the Trail Head to Manhattan.

National Trails Day: June 7th, 2008

May 21, 2008

The South Trek marking is nearing completion. We celebrated this AND the crossing of the HT with the Appalachian Trail (AT) on National Trails Day, June 7th. This was a day of events going on all around the country and we were happy to be part of the festivities.

Here is a link to an album of photos taken by Norman:

Look under Pages (to the right) for another picture of the event.