Kennedy Dells County Park

Kennedy Dells County Park

Kennedy Dells County Park

July 16, 2022 – New Metropolis, NY

Problem: Simple

Size: Roughly 2.4 miles

Max elevation: 269 ft.– complete elevation acquire roughly 138 ft.

Route kind: Circuit

Free Net Map: Kennedy Dells Park Map 2021

Trailhead parking: 19 Zukor Rd, New City, NY 10956

Ample parking is on the market – Restrooms on web site

The park is open year-round, from 8am to sundown.


Park Overview:

Kennedy Dells County Park consists of 179 Acres of flat rolling topography. The intense westerly portion is closely wooded consisting of Hemlock, White Pine, Beech, Maple, Black and Crimson Oak, White Ash, and Black Locust. Alongside the western boundary of the park is the scenic Crum Creek, paralleled by a path. An previous street leads all the way down to the ruins of a stone dam, stone arches that after supported a bridge over the creek, and a stone pumphouse. The park is owned, operated and managed by the Rockland County Park System.

Kennedy Dells County Park

Kennedy Dells County Park

Facilities embrace mountain climbing trails, a health path, horse corral, nature research, soccer, baseball, cross nation snowboarding, picnic tables, pavilion, and farming demonstrations. Restrooms and handicapped services can be found.


Historical past:

Owned within the early a part of the century by the well-known film producer Adolph Zukor. New Metropolis was at one time to be the Hollywood of the east. Rockland County acquired 80 acres in 1969 with a further buy of 97 acres in 1975. Stays of the stone bridge throughout Crum Creek nonetheless exist.


Trails Overview:

There are two main trails within the park, the 1.4-mile white-blazed Bridle Path, and the 1.4-mile yellow-blazed Health Path. These trails might be mixed to make a 2.4-mile loop hike across the perimeter of the park. Though the Bridle Path is open to equestrian use, it’s primarily frequented by canines (accompanied by the homeowners and different members of the family).

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

A bit of the Bridle Path parallels scenic Crum Creek, the western boundary of the park, and an previous street leads all the way down to the stays of a stone dam (now breached), a street bridge over the creek (all that is still are the stone-arch abutments) and a stone pumphouse (with ruins of the equipment nonetheless inside). The park options practically degree topography, so the hikes are all straightforward.

cascade & stone bridge ruins - Kennedy Dells County Park

cascade & stone bridge ruins – Kennedy Dells County Park

Pump House ruins - Kennedy Dells County Park

Pump Home ruins – Kennedy Dells County Park


Hike Overview:

I visited Kennedy Dells County Park in 2014 and determined to pay it a return go to. I used to be trying to do a straightforward stroll on a late Saturday morning and this park was the perfect place. There’s loads of parking and there are restrooms obtainable on web site. Since there was a lightweight drizzle throughout our time there, there weren’t many individuals on the paths.

This hike loops counterclockwise across the perimeter of the park using the Bridle Path and the Health Path.

Kennedy Dells County Park Loop Hike

Kennedy Dells County Park Loop Hike

As proven within the elevation graph, it’s a principally degree hike.

elevation profile - Kennedy Dells County Park

elevation profile – Kennedy Dells County Park


The Hike:

From the north finish of the primary parking space, proceed west and proceed on a tough paved street, passing soccer fields on each side. Go round a gate and proceed on the street because it bears proper and climbs a bit of.

Kennedy Dells County Park

Kennedy Dells County Park

Kennedy Dells County Park

Kennedy Dells County Park

Kennedy Dells County Park

Kennedy Dells County Park

Because the street bends to the left, a white blaze on a tree to the proper marks the beginning of the Bridle Path. Flip proper and comply with this white-blazed path, lined with wooden chips for a part of the best way, which heads via a wooded space. Though open to equestrian use, it’s extra closely utilized by walkers with their canine.

turn right on Bridle Path

flip proper on Bridle Path

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

After passing a subject to the left, the path bends left and reaches the Eleanor Burlingham Tree Nursery. Right here, it turns proper, then heads left and begins to run alongside a golf course, which borders the park to the north. When a mud street is available in from the left, bear proper and proceed to comply with the park boundary, with an previous stone wall to the left.

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Quickly, you’ll attain a cul-de-sac on the finish of a residential road. Right here, the path turns left and begins to run alongside an previous paved street, with the again yards of houses to the proper. After a brief distance, the street turns left and proceeds via a hemlock forest, paralleling Crum Creek, in a ravine under to the proper.

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

In a couple of minutes, you’ll attain a fork. The white-blazed Bridle Path bears left, however you need to proceed to comply with the paved street, which bears proper and descends in the direction of the creek, the place it ends abruptly. Steps on the left lead all the way down to a viewpoint over a stone dam, which has been breached. On the alternative aspect of the creek, stone arches are all that stay from a bridge that previously carried the paved street over the creek. To the proper, on the east aspect of the creek, a stone constructing comprises the remnants of previous pumping tools.

veer right to remain on paved road

veer proper to stay on paved street

paved road to Crum Creek

paved street to Crum Creek

cascade & stone bridge ruins - Kennedy Dells County Park

cascade & stone bridge ruins – Kennedy Dells County Park

Crum Creek cascade - Kennedy Dells County Park

Crum Creek cascade – Kennedy Dells County Park

stone bridge ruins - Kennedy Dells County Park

stone bridge ruins – Kennedy Dells County Park

Crum Creek - Kennedy Dells County Park

Crum Creek – Kennedy Dells County Park

Pump House ruins - Kennedy Dells County Park

Pump Home ruins – Kennedy Dells County Park

Pump House ruins - Kennedy Dells County Park

Pump Home ruins – Kennedy Dells County Park

Pump House ruins - Kennedy Dells County Park

Pump Home ruins – Kennedy Dells County Park

Crum Creek cascade - Kennedy Dells County Park

Crum Creek cascade – Kennedy Dells County Park

After taking on this scenic and historic web site, return as much as the fork and switch sharply proper to proceed on the white-blazed Bridle Path. The path continues to parallel the stream, now seen to the proper. Two mountain climbing trails, blazed blue and orange, go off to the left, however you need to proceed forward on the white-blazed path.

Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Finally, the path reaches the extent of the creek, with houses clearly seen on the alternative aspect. A brief distance past, you’ll attain a T-intersection, the place the Bridle Path ends. Flip left onto a gravel street, and in about 150 ft, flip left once more onto a stone-lined grime path. That is the Health Path, and also you’ll go plenty of health stations alongside the best way.

terminus of Bridle Path - Kennedy Dells County Park

terminus of Bridle Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Buck on the Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

Buck on the Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

The Health Path bends to the proper and shortly reaches a T-intersection with a mud street. Flip proper, passing a subject to the proper. On the subsequent four-way intersection, flip left to proceed on the stone-lined Health Path, which passes a subject to the left and houses to the proper. After crossing a stream on a wood bridge, it bends proper, turns left and passes one other subject. It then turns left and descends on a protracted switchback. After once more operating alongside the park boundary for a brief distance, it turns left, goes by a soccer subject and ends on the parking space the place the hike started.

Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park

terminus of Fitness Trail - Kennedy Dells County Park

terminus of Health Path – Kennedy Dells County Park


Evaluate:

A very nice park that’s good for a brief straightforward stroll with the potential for seeing totally different sorts of wildlife. The small waterfall/cascade and stone ruins are price trying out. Though surrounded by personal property, it provides you the sensation that you’re extra faraway from civilization.

Execs:

Simple stroll within the woods, cascades on Crum Creek, stone ruins, loads of parking.

Cons:

Canine park on web site and you may even see some unleashed canine on the paths.


Take a Hike!

Kennedy Dells County Park

Kennedy Dells County Park


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