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Storm King State Park
|Park Overview:|| |
Storm King Mountain looms above the Hudson River like a fortress, dominating the rugged river gorge on the west. Its glowering eastern end rises sheer from the river to more than 1,300 feet and is the dominating feature of Storm King State Park. It offers unsurpassed views of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley.
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||9.7 miles|
|Park Acreage:||1900 acres|
|Buy Trail Map:||West Hudson Trails Map|
|Buy Book:||New York Walk Book |
|Park Description:|| |
Storm King is more than just a serene mountain. Its name is associated with a watershed court case that became the basis for environmental law in the United States. In the 1960s, Consolidated Edison announced elaborate plans for Storm King. They wanted to build a powerhouse at the base of the mountain, a 260 acre reservoir within Black Rock Forest, and ten-story transmission towers running across the river to Putnam County. In 1963, a small group of people met and formed the Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference. The Nature Conservancy, the New York- New Jersey Trail Conference, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Hudson River Fishermen's Association joined with Scenic Hudson to contest the project.
Finally in December 1980, a negotiated settlement was worked out, calling for Con Ed to drop its plans for the project. The outcome of the conflict established the right of citizen groups to sue a government agency to protect natural resources and scenic beauty. It set a precedent for national environmental issues dealing with the question of whether commercial developers could carry out development to meet one need at the expense of others.
In the course of extinguishing a forest fire in the park during a dry spell in the summer of 1999, firefighters encountered exploding ordnance. The ordnance had apparently been fired well over a century ago to test cannons manufactured at the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, across the river, and it exploded due to the heat generated by the fire. Because of the danger presented by other unexploded ordnance, Storm King State Park was closed to the public. Subsequently, it was determined that artillery shells fired from the West Point Military Reservation may also have landed in the park. Following a clean-up of the unexploded ordnance, the park was reopened to the public in 2003.
|Trails Overview:|| |
Aside from the Bobcat Trail, there is nothing easy about the trails in Storm King State Park. However, views of the Hudson Highlands and the Hudson River reward hikers far beyond the effort required to arrive at a viewpoint. Since the network of trails is small, hikers can minimize retracing their steps, and various loop hikes are possible
To find detailed descriptions of specific hikes, click here and scroll down the "Parks" column to the name of this park.
Take US 9W northbound from its intersection with NY 218 and NY 293. Two parking areas are available: the first is about 2 miles north of this intersection and the second, about 0.75 mile further. There is no access from US 9W southbound lanes.
Other parking is available on NY 218 and on Mountain Road in Cornwall.
Public Transportation: Coach USA to Cornwall NY
|Contact Information:||Storm King State Park |
|Region:||Storm King and Black Rock Forest|