Kakiat Park

Parks_Kakiat.jpg584 Haverstraw Road, Montebello
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Directions:  From Suffern follow Route 202 east. Entrance on left side opposite Viola Elementary School. Parking is in lot at park entrance.

Description:  376 Acres - Diverse topography, from flat wetlands to rolling hills, to steep mountainside. The Mahwah River flows southwesterly the length of the park approximately 2500 feet.  Times of heavy rains flood large areas along the river. The Ramapo fault runs through the park. Trees include Willow, Apple, Poplar, White Pine, Hemlock, Beech, Maple, White Ash, Oaks, and Dogwood.

History:  It is part of the Harris patent, one of the original land patents from the King of England. Also known as Kakiat Farm, the home of the Blauvelt family who owned and farmed the land for over two hundred years growing apples, peaches and cherries. Also the site of the Blauvelt mill, the foundation of which still remains. The National Recreation Association in 1961 recommended its purchase to the County Board of Supervisors. As a result a formally appointed Park Commission was installed and the process of acquiring land for park purposes began. The property officially became county parkland in 1972.

Present Use:  Hiking (the Kakiat Trail starting from the parking area crosses through the park into Harriman State Park ending up in Dater Mountain County Park), horseback riding, picnicking, and scenic lookouts. An off-leash dog area is located near the parking lot. A log cabin constructed in 1922 stands as a mute reminder of the simple life of 100 years ago.  A footbridge crosses the river, which is stocked annually with trout; a pavilion can be found near the river. Numerous winter activities exist along with active wildlife and forestry conservation projects. Guided tours available by the Park Rangers.

Future Plans:  Improve the numerous hiking trails, picnic areas, and increase the conservation projects.

Wildlife:  White-tailed Deer, Red Fox, Gray Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Rabbit, Woodchuck, Raccoon, Porcupine, Opossum, Bluebirds, Geese, Ducks, Screech Owl, Barred Owl, Turkey Vulture, Wild Turkeys, Red-tailed Hawk, Marsh Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Hooded Merganser, Black Duck, Wood Duck, Grouse, Woodcock, Black Rat Snake, Copperhead, Rattlesnake, Watersnake, Hog Nosed Snake.

Rest Rooms:  Yes      Handicapped Accessible:  No