Take a Walk in the Park This Weekend!

The Rockland County Department of Health encourages you to put on your walking shoes and enjoy the “great outdoors” this month on a variety of free local guided walks.

The walks highlighted below offer visitors varied terrain, great scenery, interesting discussion points, and different levels of walking (1 sneaker is easy, 2 sneaker is moderate, 3 sneaker is strenuous).

“We encourage residents to take advantage of this great chance to explore our beautiful, natural environment and get some exercise at the same time,” said Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County Commissioner of Health.

Raymond G. Esposito Rail Trail: Where Fitness and History Merge
Sunday, October 27 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

· Join Docent Nice Mclean on this difficult (3 sneaker) mostly flat walk that will be about 7 miles in length round-trip along the Raymond G. Esposito Rail Trail to the newly restored Piermont Train Station used by the Erie Railroad in the 1870s. See the wonderful views of the Hudson River and the Tappan Zee Bridge.

· Directions: Route 59 to Broadway in Nyack. Make a right and go south. Look for a gazebo before the South Nyack Police Station.

· Meet at the Gazebo on Broadway in Nyack near the Police Station.

· Bring water and a snack. This walk is not stroller friendly, and there are no restrooms. Dogs are allowed.

Free Talk at the Haverstraw Brick Museum: Learn about the Vanished Hamlets of the Hudson Valley
Sunday, October 27 from 2 – 4 p.m.

· Join the Rockland County Trail Guide Docents at a free talk by Elizabeth “Perk” Stalter, a former resident of Doodletown, and the author of “Doodletown Hiking Through History in a Vanished Hamlet on the Hudson.” She will talk about the vanished hamlets of the Hudson Valley, including Johnsonton, Sandyfield, Baileytown, and Queensboro.

· Directions: From 9W proceed to Main Street in Haverstraw. Make a right turn and proceed to Maple Street. Make a right on Maple and go 1 1/2 blocks to the free parking lot on the left. Walk back to Main Street. The museum is located at 12 Main Street, just off West Street.

· Free parking is available in the back of the building.

· Refreshments (coffee and cake) will be served. The talk will end no later than 4 p.m., when the museum closes. Donations accepted.

Pre-registration is suggested – call 845-708-7308 or e-mail rcamericorps@co.rockland.ny.us. Walks are held throughout the year, rain or shine – visit www.rocklandsteps.org/calendar for information, directions, and updates. For more information about the trails visit www.rocklandsteps.org/walks