When developers wanted to cover this lovely ridgeline with houses, Scenic Hudson helped protect it for public use.
Orangeburg, Rockland County (550 acres)—Scenic Hudson helped citizens protect the forested ridgeline of this county park—named after the 17th-century leader of a nearby Native American tribe—which offers seasonal Hudson River views. Its 2 miles of trails include the Long Path, which stretches 326 miles from the George Washington Bridge to Thacher Park near Albany (and links to adjacent Blauvelt State Park). The mountain's summit contains remains of a Cold War-era Nike missile base that protected Manhattan from Soviet attack. Clausland Mountain Park is owned by Rockland County. For inquiries about the park, call 845-364-2670.
When to visit
Year-round daily sunrise to sunset.
From Route 59 take Route 303 south, left Spruce Street (CR 28), turns into Clausland Mountain Road. Make a right on Tweed Blvd. Right on Nike Lane. Bear left at the fork on Nike Lane. Park entrance is on the left.