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Directions: From Route 59 take Route 303 south, left Spruce Street (CR 28), turns into Clausland Mountain Road. Make a right on Tweed Blvd. Right on Nike Lane. Bear left at the fork on Nike Lane. Park entrance is on the left. Parking is on Nike Lane and at the Town of Orangetown's Tackamack Park on Clausland Mountain Road.
Description: 532 Acres - Clausland Mountain is a very heavily wooded mountain composed primarily of hardwoods; Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Hickory, Beech, Dogwood, interspersed with numerous thick Hemlock stands and dense sections of Mountain Laurel. The land is in its natural state, with many fine scenic overlooks. While the area does not contain any permanent bodies of water, during periods of heavy rain many streams cascade down the mountain. The major trail is the Long Path and can be identified by a blue blaze. It runs in a north - south direction beginning at the former Nike site off Highland Avenue and exits at Tackamack Town Park.
History: Clausland is named after the "Clever Indian", Jans Claus, whose Indian name was Tackamack. He acted as an agent for the sale of land to Dutch settlers. Clausland Mountain Park was purchased in 1969, funded by local donations, County funds and a Federal grant. Three adjoining tax delinquent parcels were acquired in 1981. In 2000, two more parcels consisting of 50 acres, were purchased in cooperation with Scenic Hudson Land Trust Inc., Clausland Mountain Preservation Association, Town of Orangetown, NYS Department of Parks & Recreation and Columbia University.
Present Use: Hiking, scenic vistas, geological studies.
Future Plans: Improve and extend trail system.
Wildlife: White-tailed Deer, Squirrel, Raccoon, Chipmunk, Skunk, Opossum, Woodchuck, Porcupine, Robin, Warbler, Thrush, Great-horned Owl, Crow, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-tailed Hawk, Black Snake, Garter Snake.
Rest Rooms: No Handicapped Accessible: No