Sunday, April 2, 2023

Abandoned Golf Course Hike

Rockland Co.,
New York

Total Time: 1:10 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.2 Miles

Pros: Quiet and interesting area
Cons: Trails and area not official
Hike Type: Loop
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy

There is an abandoned golf course in my area, which used to be a large and beautifully maintained property. The property was sold several years ago to a developer, but it currently remains abandoned, with remnants of the scenic area and old paths still present. This was a fascinating area to explore. I had seen other hikers in the area before, and in fact met a young family exploring the property when I was there.

I prefer not to disclose the exact location, but I did not see any posted notices or any other signs upon entering the property. I parked at a nearby environmental park, and then along the path took a path into the golf course. I traversed about 3 miles of the property on the old trails, passing overgrown sandpits, ponds, and bridges. I then returned to the environmental park and then headed back to my car.

Flowering Daffodils at the Beginning of the Hike

Trail Entrance at the Environmental Park

Straight Path through the Environmental Park

Entering the Golf Course Area

First Abandoned Rock Silo

Overgrown Grass in the Golf Course, Approaching the 2nd Silo

Old Cemetery in the Middle of the Golf Course

Second Silo

More Scenery in the Golf Course

Golf Course Pond and Bridge

Dam at the Pond

Mountains in the Distance

Old Golf Course Pond

Bridge Crossing a Brook and Marsh

More Flowering Daffodils

Back at the Environmental Park

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