Enjoy the Thaw

This lovely photo of a snowy Kennedy Dells Park comes from Peggy Opalek and appears this month in KRB’s “BEAUTIFUL ROCKLAND” Calendar. To get to this magical location (355 North Main Street, New City – then follow Trail B)


1. Skating in Tallman State Park — There are shallow ponds that quickly freeze – and a group of skate-enthusiasts who usually shovel the snow (and sometimes even build a fire nearby!) Use the entrance to the park north of the Filling Station/9W Market @ 243 RT 9W, Palisades, NY. Walk for about 10 minutes and grab the larger trailhead that goes off on your left. After walking another 10 minutes or so, the ponds will be off to the right – follow one of the raised trails to get there.

2. Dutchtown for Cross Country Skiing – scoot along the Hudson, starting on the trail in Dutchtown (just south of Haverstraw, follow road past Tilcon quarry, past a small playground; there is a parking area at trailhead) and head on into Hook Mountain State Park. The hearty can end up at Rockland Lake or in Upper Nyack. Map

3. Strap on Some Snowshoes in Harriman – Here are some fun tips for taking on the Kakiat Trail in Harriman.

4. Gaze at Ice Sculptures at Buttermilk Falls – As things freeze and thaw, take a short (and possibly slippery – so consider taking a pole) hike up to Buttermilk Falls @ 199 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack) Directions

5. Bear Mountain Ice Skating Rink – Great music, skates to rent, and a killer view. Always a bonus! Getting there


These tips brought to you through support from January’s sponsor: Orange & Rockland 

To get the KRB 20th Anniversary Calendar (and help support our environmental education & cleanup programs), go here. There are still a few available!

To reach Peggy Opalek: peggyopalek@gmail.com