1777W Trail: White blaze
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
1777 Trail: Red blaze
Ski Trail: Unblazed
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze
Fawn Trail: Red blaze
Total Time: 2:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.9 Miles
Pros: Historical area through ghost town
Cons: No views of climbing
I needed a hike that was not too strenuous, and this was the perfect place. This hike goes through Doodletown, an old ghost town that has plaques of the past relics that once existed here.
We parked the car at the trailhead parking on Seven Lakes Drive at the 1777W Trail, and took the 1777W Trail east towards Doodletown, passing the Appalachian Trail and going concurrent on the Appalachian Trail for a short distance.
At the 1777 Trail junction, we took the 1777 Trail through Doodletown, passing many of the landmarks and seeing some of the old foundations. We took a short detour into the Herbert Cemetery, an very old woods cemetery. There are some new plaques here as well from more modern times, but the old tombstones in the wild forest give this cemetery a real flashback in history.
After exiting the cemetery, we continued on the 1777 Trail a short distance to the Ski Trail. This trail is designated as a cross-country ski route and is not an officially marked trail. After reaching the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail, the Ski Trail turns into the Fawn Trail, which was recently extended to this point after having previously ended at the Appalachian Trail. We continued along the Fawn Trail to the Appalachian Trail, and then to the 1777W Trail and then back to our car.
|Map of the Route
|Appalachian Trail Plaque
|Dunderberg Mountain in the Distance
|Bridge Across Doodletown Brook
|Plaque in front of the Lewis Home, with the 150
year old Maple and Chestnut Trees
|Coming into the Herbert Cemetery
|Old and New Tombstones in the Herbert Cemetery
|Old, Worn-Out Tombstones in the Herbert Cemetery
|Another View of the Cemetery
|Tamsen Houses Plaque
|The Ancient Oak, a 200+ Year Oak, is Dead
|Ancient Oak Plaque
|Me on the Hiking Trail
|Me with David Zuber
|Me at the Appalachian Trailhead