Stony Point in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail Maps
In 1920, Major William A. Welch, General Manager and Chief Engineer for the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, created the first Harriman State Park trail map. It presented the routes of the hundreds of miles of old roads in the Highland and Ramapo Mountains. The 1920 map was used by hiking clubs to lay out new routes, including the PIPC sections of the Appalachian Trail. It remains the base for our modern dry trail maps. If you are interested in enjoying the views from a variety
The Appalachian Trail Markers
Diamond shaped metal markers bearing the trail logo originally distinguished and directed hikers along the Appalachian Trail route. Major Welch designed these first trail symbols with the AT monogram and the legend “Appalachian Trail – Maine to George” that became the standard emblem of the conference. In addition, vertical, rectangular white blazes, six inches by two inches, painted on trees, posts and rocks label the trail. A double blaze – one above the other – is placed before turns, junctions, or other areas that require hikers to be alert. Blue blazes mark AT side trails. These lead to shelters, water supplies, or special view-points. Paint blazes of various colors mark most of the other trails in Bear Mountain-Harriman State Park.
Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long, brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
- Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”
Walt Whitman Statue
Sculpted by Jo Davidson, the eight-foot bronze statue of Walt Whitman, “the poet of the outdoor,” commemorates Mrs. Mary W. Harriman’s gift in 1910 of
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Established as a federation of outdoor clubs and individuals along the Atlantic seaboard and adjoining states for the purpose of making the Appalachian Trail a walkers’ path from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy was established in 1923. The ATC is a non-profit educational organization, composed of clubs and volunteers dedicated to maintaining and protecting the Trail. Today, with its active partners, the National Park Service, which has overall responsibility for the Trail, the U.S. Forest Service, and state and local communities, volunteers monitor and maintain the Trail and its shelters and help with day-to-day operations at headquarters. Most volunteers are associated with one of the 31 ATC-member organizations – hiking, mountain, and outdoor clubs that have been assigned responsibility for specific sections of the Trail. The Conservancy publishes a set of official ATC guidebooks and maps, and other information on hiking and trail use. It also supports a private land trust to acquire and protect additional land adjacent to the
Location. 41° 17.322′ N, 74° 1.539′ W. Marker is in Stony Point, New York, in Rockland County. Marker is on Palisades Interstate Parkway, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is located on the south side of the Visitor Center Book Store on the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Marker is in this post office area: Stony Point NY 10980, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Palisades Interstate Parkway Scenic Byway Corridor (here, next to this marker); Perkins Tower (approx. 1.9 miles away); Doodletown (approx. 2.2 miles away); Gray’s Hill (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Historic 1777 & 1779 Trails (approx. 2.3 miles away); Palisades Interstate Park (approx. 2˝ miles away); First Fighting at Fort Clinton (approx. 2.6 miles away); Wayne -Washington Lookout (approx. 2.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The left side of the marker features a map of the Appalachian Trail from Mount Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia. Also indicated is the location of Bear Mountain State Park, where the marker is located. Pictures of the Walt Whitman statue and an AT Trail marker appear on the upper right side of the marker. Also present are sidebars about the Bear Mountain Bridge, The Appalachian Trail: History, Trailside Nature Museums And Wildlife Center, and Trail Shelters.
Also see . . .
1. Appalachian National Scenic Trail. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 18, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Appalachian Trail Home Page. (Submitted on April 18, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Appalachian Trail Conservancy. (Submitted on April 19, 2010.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,514 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 18, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4. submitted on March 20, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.