Tallman Mountain State Park
This is the Hike of the Week for 12/5/2002 as described on the NY-NJ Trail Conference website but with one important difference, a difference which brought us to the best look-out of the entire hike. On the return, instead of taking the bike trail all the way back, a gravel road with no views at all, I decided to hike the eastern-most dashed trail (which can be seen on NYNJTC map Hudson Palisades Trail map 109). We took this path back after the point where the bike path crosses the Long Path. We made a left on the Long Path and then, after less than 100 feet, a right onto this other trail. And boy were we glad. It afforded one of the most spectacular viewpoints of all, overlooking the marsh and with wonderful views of the Tappan Zee bridge and Hudson River. The site is identified by a star on the map.

In several places in the park we encountered a notice posted for "Suspicious Animal Sightings" which had occurred last month; see the sign in the first photo. Alas, we saw nothing resembling large black cats, but no doubt the photo collection would have been greatly enhanced if it included shots of escaped panthers!

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Suspicious Animal Sightings!

On the Long Path


A muddy Long Path

Beautiful pond between two berms

The photographer [photo by Laura]

The raised mound of the berm


Remains of industry

Skunk and cabbage [photo by Laura]

Spring skunk cabbage


Trail shenanigans

First view of Tappan Zee bridge

Leftover fall colors


Very old tree

Water tower overlooks picnic area

Steep descent on steps


View of swimming pool building

Swimming pool

Phragmites on the Hudson

Beautiful Sparkill marsh below

Tappan Zee bridge


Winding Sparkill marsh waterways

View of Piermont, NY


Hook Mountain over the Hudson


And descending

[Photo by Laura]

Sparkill marsh at river level

Bicycle path along the marsh



Downy woodpecker on a phragmite

And in the tree


Shimmering Sparkill marsh

Sweetgum balls on bicycle path

Skunk cabbage

Viewpoint on eastern-most trail

Vulture over the marsh

View north

Hudson and Tappan Zee bridge

Fisherman far below

Canadian geese on beaver lodge

Vulture flying below

What a view!

View south

Mallards in small pond

Male mallard

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