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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2017
Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
               Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

JOIN US ON FREE GUIDED WALKS: ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF FALL IN ROCKLAND COUNTY!


NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert encourage you to put on your walking shoes and enjoy the "great outdoors!" Join experienced Rockland County Trail Guides on free guided walks in September and October. Guided walks offer visitors varied terrain, great scenery, interesting discussion points, and different levels of walking.

Two Parks One Walk – Dutch Gardens and Demarest Kill! Fast Forward in Time ... to the Past!
Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Join Trail Guide Jack Bloom on this 2-mile, fairly easy walk, which is flat with some paved surfaces, some trail, and one moderate hill at Dutch Gardens. First, you'll stroll through some 18th century Dutch remains in Demarest Kill Park, and walk around Greenberg Lake. Then, fast forward 200 years to the 1930's and view the renovated Dutch Gardens. Learn about all those wacky bricks while you enjoy this gem right in the heart of downtown New City.
  • Directions: From Main Street in New City, turn onto New Hempstead Road. The entrance to the park is located across from John Street. The park is before the intersection of New Hempstead Road and Little Tor Road. For more information visit Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ueMeW9gQWwK2
  • Meet in the park's parking lot at 57 New Hempstead Road, between Little Tor Road and the jail, across from Johnson Road.
  • This walk is not stroller friendly, there are no restrooms, and dogs are not allowed on this walk.

High Up on High Tor! At High Tor Mountain State Park
Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Join Trail Guide Marianne Bloomfeld on this High Up on High Tor walk. Enjoy fall in a place that almost disappeared. Walkers can look forward to a spectacular view. This 2-3-mile, moderate plus walk, along a cleared, crushed gravel with easy changes in terrain, will lead participants around High Tor Park. Be prepared for a moderately steep uphill climb over loose rocks and gravel on the last segment of the walk. The reward for the uphill climb is the spectacular view!
  • Directions: Take Little Tor Road, past the blinking light at South Mountain Road. Little Tor becomes Central Highway there and ascends High Tor (heading toward Haverstraw). At the peak of the hill, pull off the road to the right, this is the trailhead. Going South (from Route 202 in Garnerville) on Central Highway, just past the crest of the hill, the small parking area will be on the left. For more information visit Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/B3EaKB8cirT2
  • Meet at the trailhead on Central Highway. Parking is free and limited along the side of the road.
  • This walk is not stroller friendly, there are no restrooms, and dogs are not allowed on this walk.

Harriman State Park: Beautiful Breakneck Pond at Harriman Outdoor Center!
Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am

  • Join Trail Guide Frank Kemmer on this 3‐mile, moderate walk with some uphill, rocky and wet areas along the trail at Harriman State Park. This walk will take place at the new Harriman Outdoor Center which was completely redone by the Appalachian Mountain Club and is open to the public. Enjoy the views of beautiful Breakneck Pond and learn about what happened to flight 6231 on December 1, 1974.
  • Directions: Take Palisades Parkway to Exit 14, make a left which will turn into 106 West. Go past Lake Welch, keep left and turn onto St. John's Road. Take the first right turn, which is the parking area. Parking is located off St. John's Road, just past Lake Welch on the left. For more information visit Google Maps: https://goo.gl/ydc7uJ  (please note that this link is the location of St. John's Church of the Wilderness - parking lot is very close to the church).
  • This is a dog friendly walk; however, dogs must be on a 6‐foot leash. There are no restrooms available.

Senior Stretching! Enjoy an Easy Stroll at Demarest Kill Park!
Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 10:00 am – 11:45 am

  • This walk is designed for Senior Citizens; however, anybody is welcome to attend! This 1.5‐mile, easy/moderate walk is flat with some paved surfaces, some trail, and will consist of a variety of mild exercises with music. Exercises include a warm‐up, followed by stretching, toning, and balancing, using light taekwondo and self‐ defense movements, and ending with a cool‐down and meditation.
  • Directions: From Main Street in New City, turn onto New Hempstead Road. The entrance to the park is located across from John Street. The park is before the intersection of New Hempstead Road and Little Tor Road. For more information visit Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ueMeW9gQWwK2
  • Meet in the park's parking lot at 57 New Hempstead Road, between Little Tor Road and the jail, across from Johnson Road.
  • This walk is not stroller friendly, there are no restrooms, and dogs are not allowed on this walk.

Fitness Walk at Hook Mountain and Nyack State Beach!
Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 9:00 am (promptly) – 1:00 pm (approximately)

  • Join Nice McLean as she leads you on a strenuous, approximately 8-mile very difficult hike with exercises along the way and some steep uphill walking all the way up the mountain! Walkers will then proceed down to Nyack Beach and return to the Firehouse along the flat river trail. The hike will also include stops at four 'stations' for approximately 10 minutes to do a variety of exercises including taekwondo, balancing, focusing and stretching. All of this is done to music while in nature.
  • Directions: From 9W North at Lake Road, make a right into Rockland Lake (North Entrance), stay to the left at the fork and pass the Knickerbocker Firehouse. You will see the parking area. There is limited parking here. For more information visit Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ovamSvs5WNy
  • Meet in the parking lot by the Firehouse at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers. Parking is limited.
  • The walk is not stroller friendly, dogs are not allowed on this guided walk, and there are no rest rooms available along the walk.

Fitness Hike: Along the Esposito Rail Trail!
Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 10:00 am – 1:15 pm (approximately)

  • Join Trail Guide Nice McLean on this 7‐mile moderate, mostly flat, round‐trip walk along the Esposito Rail Trail to the restored Piermont Train Station used by the Erie Railroad in the 1870's. See the wonderful views of the Hudson River and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Throughout the walk the group will make four stops, for approximately 15 minutes each, and do a variety of exercises including taekwondo, balancing, focusing and stretching. All of this done to music.
  • Directions: Route 59 to Broadway in Nyack. Make a right and go south. Look for a gazebo before the South Nyack Police Station. Street parking is available. For more information visit Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/SW2AbYcU6Fm
  • Meet at the Gazebo on Broadway in Nyack near the Police Station/Village Hall.
  • There are no public restrooms available and dogs are not allowed on this walk.

"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. Ruppert.

Important general information about the guided walks:

  • Pre-registration for all walks is suggested (for some walks pre-registration is required). For more information or to register, call (845) 708-7307 or e-mail .
  • Check http://bit.ly/2dSBvpx for more information, directions, and any changes to the schedule. Walks are held throughout the year - stay tuned by checking out the website periodically for updates.
  • Meet in the parking lot, unless otherwise specified. All walks are rain or shine.
  • Hiking boots are recommended, or else closed-toe shoes with sturdy soles. Wear light-colored clothing and dress for the weather (bring a jacket, hat, and rain gear as needed). Bring snacks and plenty of water, bug spray, sunscreen, binoculars, and a walking stick if you would like.
  • Unless otherwise specified, these walks are not stroller-friendly, dogs are not allowed, and there are no rest rooms available.
  • As with any physical activity program, it is recommended you speak to your physician before starting.
  • All guided walks are coordinated and supported in partnership with the Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources, the Rockland County Youth Bureau's Conservation and Service Corps program, and the Rockland County Department of Health.