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Blauvelt State Park
|Park Overview:|| |
Undeveloped part of the Palisades Interstate Park system with military ruins from World Wars I and II.
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||4.1 miles|
|Park Acreage:||590 acres|
|Buy Trail Map:||Hudson Palisades Trails Map|
|Park Description:|| |
The area served as a rifle range for the New York National Guard. Designed to replace a facility at Creedmoor, Long Island, it was abandoned within three years following many complaints about-and equally many attempts to remedy the problems of-bullets landing in Grand View, on the east side of the ridge. The camp was turned over to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and since then has been used as a YWCA summer camp (Camp Bluefields), an ROTC training center near the end of World War I, and again as a military training ground for the soldiers from nearby Camp Shanks, a troop staging center during World War II. Today, there is no evidence of these intervening uses. Only the shadowy tunnels, decaying target support walls, and a few small buildings remain. Patricia Edwards Clyne, a Hudson Valley author, used Camp Bluefields as the setting for her children's book, The Curse of Camp Gray Owl.
|Trails Overview:|| |
About 3 miles of the Long Path connect Tackamack Town Park at the south to Sean Hunter Ryan Memorial County Park at the north. A 0.7 mile red trail connects to a white trail in Schuyler Town Park for interesting loop hike opportunities that could also include Buttermilk Falls County Park. Another newly-blazed 0.4 mile white trail connects the red trail to the Long Path at the south, providing other loop combinations. There are several unmarked woods roads in the park
The southern end of the park is reached through Tackamack Town Park, with parking available on the north side of Clausland Mountain Road. At the western end, parking is available on Greenbush Road, just north of its intersection with NY 303.
Public Transportion: Rockland Coaches 201-263-1254
|Contact Information:||Blauvelt State Park |