Sunday, August 4, 2019

1777W Trail to Doodletown and Herbert Cemetery

Bear Mountain State Park,
Rockland Co.
New York

Hiking Trails:
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

Hiking Partners:
Jacob Zuber
Josef Friedman
Elisha Friedman

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 

1 comment:

  1. Just wanted to say "Hello" and "Thank You" for sharing these pictures here. I found your blog while researching my ancestors buried in the above cemetery. I enjoyed your blog and one picture in particular you shared was of my family's grave plot. That was exciting to see! God bless and Merry Christmas. Thank you so much.