Quarry

George's Island Park

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes
Lake Whoopee Photo:Jane Daniels
View of the Hudson River Photo: Jane Daniels
NYNJTC maintained: 
1
At first glance, George’s Island Park appears to be a picnic park and boat launch, but off to the side is a network of wooded trails with interesting features.
Hiking
Dogs on leash
3 miles
204 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.236379, -73.942970
Cortlandt
Westchester
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park
Long before the county acquired the property in 1966, Native Americans had come to this shore to feast on oysters from the rich beds in the river. A century ago, brick makers had a major industry in the area harvesting the alluvial clay for their bricks and timber for their kilns. 
 

The trails to the north link to Montrose Point State Forest, making a longer hike possible.

Take Route 9 to the Route 9A (Montrose) Exit. Head north on Route 9A for 1.3 miles. Turn left on Dutch Street and follow it 0.9 miles to where it ends at the entrance to the park.

Westchester County
Fees: 
Some times and places; check with park
Modified By: 
josh
Landowner: 
County
Manager: 
Westchester County Parks
Park ID: 
59
eBase: 
Rename
eBase Name: 
George's Island County Park

Granite Knolls Park

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes
A almost house size glacial erratic Photo: Jane Daniels
NYNJTC maintained: 
1

Site of a former quarry, Granite Knolls Park's claim to fame is the Giant Boulder. 

Hiking
Mountain biking
X-C skiing
Dogs on leash
7 miles
200 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.312146, -73.829107
Yorktown
Westchester
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park

The site of a small scale quarry operation, Granite Knolls Park's Giant Boulder sits among pieces of rock split from its side. Viewing those pieces, one would like to put the boulder together again. Along the ridge of the knoll are additional large rocks, not yet quarried. Other evidence of quarry operations are scattered through out the park including quarry pits, cables, and an old gear. The park is also former farmland.

A visitor to Granite Knolls will quickly notice there are two types of trails: woods roads and narrow windy trails. The latter with their undulating route will delight skilled mountain bikers. Hikers can use those same trails to visit many small quarries and traverse the top of the knoll which gives the park its name.

  • Arthur's Ramble - yellow - 0.5 mile
  • Bruno's Run - red - 1.3 mile
  • Boulder Ridge Trail - blue - 0.9 mile
  • Circolara Trail - white - 1.2 miles
  • Dynamite Run - lavender 0.4 miles
  • Giant Boulder Trail - blue - 0.3 mile
  • Granite Knolls Trail - green - 1.2 miles
  • Happy Ending - orange - 0.4 mile
  • Pond Trail - yellow - 240 feet
  • Stark Hollow Trail - yellow - 0.25 mile
  • Stony Street Trail - orange - 0.2 mile
  • Taconic Bridge Trail - pink - 1.1 miles

Currently there is no parking at the park. The shortest access is from Woodlands Legacy Field Park. Take the Taconic Bridge Trail (pink) over the parkway from the ballfields parking lot, 0.2 mile. It is also accessible from the Yorktown Trailway. Enter at the end of Buckhorn Street in Shrub Oak and walk south one mile to the Taconic Bridge Trail. Follow the lavender blazes into the park, 

No public transportation

Westchester County
Fees: 
None
Modified By: 
Jane Daniels
Last Update: 
11/09/2016
Landowner: 
Municipality
Manager: 
Town of Yorktown
Park ID: 
63
Region - Maintenance: 

Gurnee County Park

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes
View along the Long Path in Gurnee County Park - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff
NYNJTC maintained: 
0

This park is an old quarry arena, having a 40 to 80 foot escarpment as a backdrop. The grounds are hard packed with traprock, and partly covered with brush and small trees.

Hiking
Dogs on leash
23 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.184431, -74.036303
Pomona
Rockland
NY
RegionURL: 
Cluster/Park: 
Park

The quarry provides opportunities for geologic study. It first began business in 1896 and continued for 34 years. Rock was removed by hand drilling and blasting. The crushed stone was shipped by rail from the former Mount Ivy railroad station. The high quality of the stone was used for driveway and roadbeds throughout eastern and southern New York. The westerly end of South Mountain Park lies just south of Gurnee Park and runs along the ridge eastward for almost two miles to Central Highway.

There are no marked trails in the park.

From Exit 12 Palisades Parkway travel north on Route 45. Entrance is on the right some 800 feet before the intersection of Route 202.

Public Transportation: Rockland Coaches

Rockland County
Fees: 
None
Modified By: 
Phil McLewin
Last Update: 
12/29/2009
Landowner: 
County
Park ID: 
402

Cranberry Lake Preserve

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes
Quarry at Cranberry Lake Photo: Jane Daniels
Crusher Wall Photo: Jane Daniels
A small quarry Photo: Jane Daniels
Along the shore of Cranberry Lake Photo: Jane Daniels
NYNJTC maintained: 
1

Watershed lands are on two sides of Cranberry Lake Preserve. This quiet oasis in suburban Westchester County is also the site of the quarry operations to supply stone to build the Kensico Dam, completed in 1917.

Hiking
No dogs
6 miles
190 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.075128, -73.756070
Valhalla
Westchester
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park

Cranberry Lake Preserve's tranquil environment includes a glacial lake, wetlands, and abandoned quarrying operations. The portions of the preserve that are sparsely used offer a chance for solitude. All seasons here have their high notes: in early spring, an overture to the opening season erupts from the chorus of spring peepers emerging from the many vernal pools. Hot summer days are tempered in the shade under a canopy of trees. When fall colors are at their peak, a stroll around Cranberry Lake is a feast for the eyes.

The trail system at the preserve is designed with a novice hiker in mind. The Red and Yellow trails at are loops which allow visitors to follow only one color and return to their starting point. The History Trail is also a loop, often co-aligned with one of those trails. The Blue Trail is no longer a loop because a boardwalk section across South Pond was removed when it became unsafe. Trails that start at the Nature Center lead downhill to the lake. Conneting trails are blazed white or orange. 
From the Bronx River Parkway at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla, take Route 22 north. Once past the dam, make the first right turn onto Old Orchard Street and again the first right to enter the preserve.
 
No public transportation
Westchester County
Modified By: 
Jane Daniels
Last Update: 
11/05/2016
Landowner: 
County
Manager: 
Westchester County Parks
Park ID: 
39
Region - Maintenance: 

Sylvan Glen Park Preserve

Historic: 
Complete: 
Yes


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Sunset on the rocks at a quarry in Sylvan Glen Photo: Jane Daniels
Unfinished pedestal Photo: Jane Daniels
NYNJTC maintained: 
1

Old cables, discarded slabs of granite, and an explosive shed are a few of the remnants along the trails in Sylvan Glen Park Preserve, the site of a former quarry.

Hiking
Mountain biking
Dogs on leash
6 miles
343 acres
Lat/Lon: 
41.299779, -73.852517
Yorktown
Westchester
NY
Cluster/Park: 
Park

The trails traverse a variety of terrain, from steep climbs to gentle woods roads. Interpretive signs, near the quarry operations that ceased at the beginning of World War II, provide an insight into the Town of Yorktown's largest employer at the time. The trails through the former farmland offer a different perpective of land use, including a 0.25 mile riding ring and large ditches dug to drain wetlands.

Trails

  • Deer Hollow Trail (orange) 0.25 mile
  • Grant Lookout Trail (red) 0.3 mile
  • High Quarry Trail (blue)1.1
  • Old Farm Trail (green) 0.6
  • Ring Trail (yellow) 0.25
  • Quarry Drive Trail (orange) 0.08
  • Quarry Oak Trail (orange) 0.05
  • Snake Hill Trail (yelow) 0.6
  • Sylvan Glen Trail (red) 1.35
  • Turtle Pond Trail (white) 0.9
  • coaligned trails - High Quarry and Sylvan Glen for 0.1 mile

From the Taconic Parkway, take the exit for US 202/NY 35 (Yorktown Heights) and turn west at the bottom of the ramp onto US 202/NY 35 (Crompond Road). Continue for 1.8 miles and turn right at a traffic light onto Lexington Avenue. In 0.5 mile, turn right onto Morris Lane and head downhill. It is 0.2 mile to the parking area at the bottom of the hill.

From the Taconic Parkway, take the exit for Bear Mountain Parkway (Yorktown Heights) and turn north on Stony Street. At the top of the hill watch for an unmarked gravel driveway on the left (opposite 2820 Stony St and shortly before reaching Winding Court).

Westchester County
Fees: 
None
Nearby Parks: 
Modified By: 
Jane Daniels
Last Update: 
11/10/2016
Landowner: 
Municipality
Manager: 
Town of Yorktown
Park ID: 
200
eBase: 
Rename
Region - Maintenance: 
eBase Name: 
Sylvan Glen Nature Preserve

Turkey Mountain Loop via Blue, Red, Yellow and White Trails


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NYNJTC maintained: 
1
Summary: 

This loop hike follows woods roads and footpaths up Turkey Mountain, passing remains of old quarries.

4 hours
Moderate
5 miles
Route type: 
Circuit
Allowed on leash
Historic feature
Views
Waterfall
Historic: 
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area
Morris County
NJ
Morris
125 Jersey Highlands Trails-Central North

Morris County Park Commission map (available from kiosk at trailhead).

11/20/2008
04/12/2015
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 
40.946535,-74.388556
Driving: 

Take I-287 South to Exit 47 (Montville/Lincoln Park) and turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto Main Road (Route 202). In 0.7 mile, just before reaching a fire station, turn right onto Taylortown Road and continue for 1.8 miles to Boonton Avenue (County Route 511). Turn right and continue for 0.7 mile to the entrance to the Pyramid Mountain County Park Natural Historic Area, on the left, opposite Mars Park.

Walk back to the entrance to the parking area and cross Boonton Avenue opposite Mars Court. At a sign for “Turkey Mt. 100 Steps Trail,” the Blue Trail begins. Follow this trail, which parallels the road at first, then crosses beneath overhead power lines. It bears right and follows a footpath through the woods, with the power lines on the right. At one point, it comes out at the power lines and then goes back into the woods.

Sylvan Glen Park Preserve Shorter Loop


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Discarded cables Photo: Jane Daniels
NYNJTC maintained: 
1
Summary: 

This loop hike explores the interesting remnants of an abandoned granite quarry which is now a local park.

2 hours
Easy
4 miles
Route type: 
Circuit
Allowed on leash
Bikes allowed
Historic feature
Views
Woods
Wildflowers
Sylvan Glen Park Preserve
Historic: 
Westchester County
NY
Westchester

Posted at kiosk

01/18/2008
03/22/2016
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 
41.29975, -73.85246
Driving: 

From the Taconic State Parkway, take the exit for US 202/NY 35 (Yorktown Heights) and turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto US 202/NY 35 (Crompond Road). Continue for 1.8 miles and turn right at a traffic light onto Lexington Avenue. In 0.5 mile, turn right onto Morris Lane and follow it for 0.2 mile into the parking area for Sylvan Glen Park Preserve.

Sylvan Glen Park Preserve is the site of a granite quarry that opened in 1895 and was abandoned in the fall of 1941, just before the advent of World War II. In its heyday, it employed hundreds of workers and its high-quality stone was used to construct such landmarks as the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan and the approaches to the George Washington Bridge. Operations at the quarry were terminated rather abruptly, with the result that much of the machinery was left behind and still may be seen today.

Reference/Source: 
Bergen Record: Hike of the Week

Long Path/Bike Path Loop from Landing Road


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View of the Hudson River from Hook Mountain - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff
NYNJTC maintained: 
1
Summary: 

This loop hike follows the ridge of Hook Mountain, with many views, and returns via a bike path along the Hudson River.

4 hours
Moderate
6 miles
Route type: 
Circuit
Allowed on leash
Historic feature
Views
Cliffs
Hook Mountain State Park
Rockland County
NY
Rockland
111 Hudson Palisades Trails
03/10/2006
09/26/2016
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 
41.144342,-73.909621
Driving: 

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway north to Exit 4, and turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto US 9W. Continue north on US 9W for about 10 miles (2.8 miles beyond the intersection with NY 59 in Nyack). At the bottom of a hill, turn right and enter Rockland Lake State Park. Continue ahead on the main park road, which curves to the right, and proceed for 1.4 miles to a three-way intersection. Here, the main road bears left, but you should continue ahead onto Landing Road (marked by a “No Outlet” sign). After passing a fire station to the right, park in the spaces provided on the right side of the road, just before a barricade across the road.

The aqua-blazed Long Path - which will be your route for the first part of the hike - crosses the road near the barricade. Follow the Long Path to the north (left) as it begins to climb the ridge of Hook Mountain. In a short distance, you'll notice an old cemetery behind an iron fence to the right, with gravestones dating to the 1840s. You'll want to stop and take a look at this interesting feature.

Reference/Source: 
Bergen Record: Hike of the Week

Millstone Trail/Matapan Rock Trail Loop

NYNJTC maintained: 
1
Summary: 

This loop hike passes interesting and historic millstones, goes by two scenic lakes and climbs to a panoramic viewpoint.

4 hours
Moderate
6 miles
Route type: 
Circuit
Allowed on leash
Historic feature
Views
Ramapo Mountain State Forest and Camp Glen Gray
Historic: 
Ramapo Mountains
NJ
Bergen
Passaic
115 North Jersey Trails East
07/01/2005
11/25/2015
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 
41.047479, -74.251313
Driving: 

Take I-287 to Exit 57 (Skyline Drive) and proceed north on Skyline Drive for a little over a mile to the upper parking area for Ramapo Mountain State Forest on the left side of the road at milepost 1.4, opposite the entrance to Camp Tamarack.

From the northern end of the parking area, cross to the east side of Skyline Drive and find a triple white blaze, which marks the start of the Todd Trail, on a telephone pole. Follow the Todd Trail for a short distance south along Skyline Drive, then turn left and enter the woods. Continue along the trail as it winds downhill on a rocky footpath and then ascends from a shallow ravine. In half a mile, the trail turns right onto a woods road, which almost immediately turns sharply left.

Reference/Source: 
Bergen Record: Hike of the Week

Mohegan Quarry Ramble at Sylvan Glen Park Preserve


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Discarded unfinished pedistal Photo: Jane Daniels
NYNJTC maintained: 
1
Summary: 

This hike along woods roads and trails passes remnants of early 20th-century quarry activities.

4 hours
Easy to Moderate
5 miles
Route type: 
Circuit
Allowed on leash
Bikes allowed
Historic feature
Views
Historic: 
Sylvan Glen Park Preserve
Westchester County
NY
Westchester
12/12/2011
03/18/2016
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 
41.29975, -73.85246
Driving: 

Take the Taconic State Parkway to Route 202 and turn west. At 1.8 miles at the traffic light at Lexington Avenue, turn right. Drive 0.6 mile to Morris Lane. Turn right and go into the parking lot at the bottom of the hill.

Sylvan Glen Nature Preserve is the site of a granite quarry that opened in 1895 and was abandoned in the fall of 1941 just before the advent of World War II. In its heyday, it employed hundreds of workers, and its high-quality stone was used to construct such landmarks as the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan and the approaches to the George Washington Bridge. Operations at the quarry were terminated rather abruptly, with the result that much of the machinery was left behind and still may be seen today.