History on the Hudson: Photo Essay.

History on the Hudson: Photo Essay.

A few weeks ago, ready to get back into hiking, Jeff and I headed up to Bear Mountain to an area known as Doodletown. My cousin told me I would love hiking here, but I really had no idea what to expect.

What we found was a relatively easy hike and a whole lot of history on the Hudson River.

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According to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference website, “The area was settled in the 1760s by loggers and miners, and at one time included a church, a school, several small businesses and two cemeteries in addition to 70 houses and 300 residents [at its peak in 1945]. The seven square mile hamlet was ultimately abandoned in the mid-1960s after a long period of land acquisition by the Palisades Interstate Parks Commission. The Commission had planned to create a cross-country ski network in Doodletown but was never able to start the project.”

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Evidence of the old town is clear, as you hike among foundations of homes and businesses. Each one now has a plague next to it explaining what was once there.

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It’s interesting and eerie all at once, but if you’re looking for a hike that has a bit of history and is more of a tour than a strenuous trek, this is exactly the place for you.

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Comments (10)

  1. Anita Mac

    Looks quite interesting! It’s always fun to explore a region and get a chance to learn a little about its history.

  2. @mrsoaroundworld

    Seemed like a fun day, and always good to learn a little!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yes, very fun! I had no idea this place even existed!

  3. Craig Zabransky

    great cemetery image…
    stay adventurous, Craig

  4. Anita

    I do like places like this and it looks like you had a fun time exploring the site 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      I did! It was really cool to have the mix of history in the hike.

  5. Leah Travels

    Why did I not know of a place called Doodletown? For that name alone I have to go. That and the cool photos.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, I know. The name alone was enough to get me there. 🙂

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