Cornell Mine Trail: Blue blaze
1777 E Trail: Red blaze
Doodletown Road (unmarked)
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow Blaze
Doodletown Bridle Path (unmarked)
Total Time: 1:45 min
Estimated Distance: 3.3 Miles
The temperature was above freezing and the snow had been melting. It had rained in the morning and the melting snow had given a strong fog which made visibility very poor. I figured this was a good circumstance to visit the famous ghost town of Doodletown. I had not been to Doodletown in over 3 years, so this seemed like the perfect day. Plenty of wet snow around, and an eerie fog to complement this ghost town of abandoned foundations.
I parked the car on Route 9W right near the entrance to Iona Island. Took the Cornell Mine Trail along the side of the brook, past the waterfall which the locals used to call "The 10 Footer", and then veered off towards the 1777E Trail and Doodletown Road. Continued along Doodletown Road walking past the abandoned foundations and their placards, and then went off to the Suffern Bear Mountain Trail and then along the Doodletown Bride Path heading back. Went through some more Doodletown Historical Sites, and zigzagged back to Doodletown road and back to Route 9W.
|Map of the Route|
|Dam along the brook on the Cornell Trail|
|Cornell Trail in the snow and fog.|
|The "10 Footer" Waterfall.|
Hard to capture the prettiness with the monotone colors.
|The main fall of the "10 footer"|
|Foundation in Doodletown with placard.|
|Another view of the Doodletown Reservoir|
|The Montville Schoolhouse site.|
This was one of the last structures of Doodletown to be demolished.
|Sign explaining the Doodletown historical sites|
by Doodletown Road and the Suffern-Bear Mnt Trail