Tomkins Cove in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Preserving a National Landmark
Caring for a 2,200-Mile Footpath
Managing a hiking trail that passes through 14 states and an even greater number of communities and parks along its 2,200-mile length is a complex responsibility shared by numerous national, regional, and local agencies, as well as volunteer-based non-profit organizations. At the national level, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is the responsibility of the National Park Service, which oversees and safeguards more than 400 natural and historic places for the public, in partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, a private, not-for-profit organization dedicate exclusively to the preservation and management of the A.T.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) strives to ensure that the Appalachian Trail’s “vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.” ATC, founded in 1925, works with federal, state, and local agencies and 31 “maintaining clubs,” such as the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, to cooperatively manage the Appalachian Trail. ATC provides education,
Building Sustainable Trails
In 2006, The Bear Mountain Trails Project was established to make Bear Mountain State Park’s trails more sustainable for the high level of use they receive. This initiative has been made possible through a cooperative agreement between the National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Palisades Interstate Park Commission, and New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
Inset – The first 20 miles of the Appalachian Trail were built right here through Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks. The lowest point on the entire trail is at the Trackside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain, where the elevation is just 124 feet.
Inset – In the early 1900s, walking clubs like the Wanderbirds, seen here, became popular with New York City residents seeking fresh air and outdoor recreation. It was these hiking clubs that built the first hiking trails in this region.
Inset – A lot has changed since the 1920s, when the Appalachian Trail was first built. But one thing has remained the same: Trails (sic) still allow us to step away from our hectic lives and reconnect with nature.
Inset – Members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and
Inset – Under the authority of maintaining clubs, volunteer maintainers “adopt” sections of trail, which they regularly inspect to ensure the path is accessible, easy to follow, and free of hazards.
Inset – Sometimes, the best way to keep a trail open is to build a new section of hiking path around dangerous or eroded areas. The exact mileage of the Appalachian Trail changes slightly from year to year due to such relocations. This A.T. reroute in 1986 was celebrated with a ribbon cutting.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 41° 18.743′ N, 73° 59.499′ W. Marker is in Tomkins Cove, New York, in Rockland County. Marker can be reached from Appalachian Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Bear Mountain State Park, Tomkins Cove NY 10986, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Discover the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (here, next to this marker); Palisades Interstate Park (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Fighting at Fort Clinton (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Historic 1777 & 1779 Trails (approx. ¼ mile away); Fighting at Hessian LakeWalt Whitman (approx. 0.4 miles away); Indian Campsite (approx. 0.4 miles away); Appalachian Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away).
More about this marker. "Discover the Appalachian National Scenic Trail" in on the reverse side.
Also see . . .
1. Appalachian Trail. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on January 3, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Conservancy website (Submitted on January 3, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 3, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.