FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE05-47
York City Offers Fall/Winter Interpretive Hikes
Commissioner Emily L. Lloyd of the New York City Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that DEP will offer
interpretive hikes at New York City watershed recreation areas
on the first Saturday of each month during the fall and winter
seasons. DEP staff will lead the hikes and travel will be
on foot, snowshoe, or cross-country ski as conditions allow.
“Our summer hikes are popular and give people the opportunity
to learn more about the recreation areas and what we do to protect
the watershed, so we thought we’d offer winter hikes also,” said
Commissioner Lloyd. “There are many great areas in the watershed
that are used for skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking, and, of
course, it is a different world in winter,” continued Commissioner
Lloyd. Hikers who have valid Access Permits are invited
to participate. Access Permits are free, last for five years and
are easy to obtain. For information on obtaining an Access Permit
and other recreation opportunities, visit the DEP website at www.nyc.gov/watershedrecreation or
call DEP Land Management toll-free at 1-800-575-LAND (5263).
Those interested in joining a hike this winter should call the
local DEP Land Management Office specified below for more information.
Hikes start at 10:00 AM and last about 4 hours. Schedule and locations
are as follows:
November 5: Mink Hollow Unit, Town of Woodstock.
Meet on Mink Hollow Road about1.5 miles north of the Route 212
intersection. Call 845-657-2663.
December 3: Covesville Unit, Town of Middletown.
Meet on Hog Mountain Road about ¾ mile west of the Big
Red Kill Road intersection. Please note that this location has
changed from earlier publications. Call 607-588-6231.
January 7: East Fishkill Unit, Town of East
Fishkill. Meet on Route 52 about 3 miles north of Exit 17 for
Route 84. Call 845-225-8144.
February 4: South Rondout Unit, Town
of Wawarsing. Meet on Sherman Road about ¾ mile
southwest of the Route 55 intersection. Call 845-985-0386.
March 4: Flynn Brook Unit, Towns of Andes
and Colchester. Meet at Pepacton Cemetery on BWS Road 6 about
3.5 miles from the intersection with County Route 1 (Tremperskill). Call