Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Erie Railroad Rail To Trail Path Piermont to Sparkill

Rockland County,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Green blaze
Erie Railroad Rail Trail: Unblazed
Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail: Unblazed

Total Time: 1:10 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.1 miles
Level of Difficulty: Very easy
Level of Recommendation: Slightly recommended
Points of Interest: Old rail path

On the new Hudson Palisades Trail maps I had purchased, I noticed the rail trail of the old Erie Railroad going through Piermont. I did not have the time for a full hike and this was more like a walk. I parked in downtown Piermont on the street, and attempted to take the old railroad path which is a block south of downtown. However, when I took it, I noticed that it ends in private property in a backyard. There was a path which I thought would cut across to the rail trail path, but there was a 30 foot straight cliff wall blocking the way. So I turned around and headed north through downtown to the Long Path up Tate Ave, going up the hill on the road and then going along the path which takes you to the rail trail where it crosses Ash Street.

The old historical railroad station house is here, and I peeked inside and it was a mess in the interior. They should really clean it up and allow public access. From this point I headed south along the rail trail then continued southeast, eventually crossing under route 9W at the high bridge. I then took the Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail for a short distance making a triangle through a small part of Sparkill, and then headed back along the Erie Railroad path. Getting closer to Piermont, I had noticed a well-worn path leaving the trail, and I decided to take it to see where it goes. The trail ended up on somebody's private backyard on Piermont Place, making me feel a bit awkward. I then walked on Piermont Place down to Ash Street, which I took all the way down back to Piermont and back to my car.

Map of the Route. Hudson Palisades Trails

The Old Piermont Railroad station

Route 9W Bridge Over the Sparkill Creek

Close-Up of  a Wild Rose

Wild Rose Flowers

The Erie Railroad Rail Trail

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