199 South Greenbush Road,
West Nyack
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Directions:  From Route 59 East turn onto the Route 303 North ramp, On ramp make a right onto South Greenbush Road travel south to park entrance.  Park entrance is passed Rockland Center for the Arts and directly opposite Clarkstown landfill entrance. Parking is at entrance on Greenbush Road.

Description:  75 Acres - The land is primarily steep woodland with Buttermilk Falls cascading down the mountain in a westerly direction; part of the Palisades ridge.  There are numerous Chestnut Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Hemlock, Dogwood, Wild Rose and Sumac.

History:  The Park was purchased in 1975.  For decades the falls have been a natural attraction for its deep gorge and ravine effects.  From a flat rock at the numerous scenic overlooks, one can look south towards New Jersey, west towards the Ramapo Mountains, and north to South Mountain.  With good visibility, one can see approximately 16000 acres.  At the turn of the century, President Teddy Roosevelt during his visits to Blauvelt, frequently rode horseback stopping at this point for a view.

Present Use:  There is a trail from the parking lot leading to the Falls and Stream, and several to the scenic overlooks.  At the base of the falls is an attractive area that lends itself to picnicking , nature interpretation, geological study, and a picturesque setting for photographers and painters.  A new trail constructed during 1995 leads visitors from the parking area to Schuyler Road.

Future Plans:  Trails will be improved and marked and picnic tables will be installed.

Wildlife:  White-tailed Deer, Opossum, Skunk, Rabbit, Chipmunk, Red-tailed Hawk, Nuthatch, Warbler, Thrush, Ruffed Grouse, Crows, Vireo, Black Rat Snake, Garter Snake, Copperhead.

Rest Rooms:  No      Handicapped Accessible:  Limited