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Friends of Sterling Forest State Park Calendar of Events: September 2012

  |   September 13, 2012  |  Comment

Lakeville Iron Trail Hike: Sunday, September 16th at 1 PM
Join Doc Bayne and Friends and step back in time when iron mining was king. We will hike back in history, starting when iron mining first came to New York State. We will walk by the first mine discovered in 1736, and explore the iron mining industry up to 1923. Approximately 2 to 3 hours, easy to moderate hike.

Hike to the Park’s newest trail- Hogback: Sunday, September 23rd at 1 PM
Join the FSF and hike on the Park’s newest trail that passes near the Allis mine. We will walk to the Allis mine and talk about the mining in the area. Approximately 3 miles, moderate hike – bring a snack and water.

Sterling Forest Fire Tower Ramble: Saturday, September 29th at 11 AM
This hike is designed to be enjoyable, yet challenging to the casual hiker. The Fire Tower Ramble is a 4.0-mile hike that begins at the Visitor Center. Along the first part of the journey, you will see historic ruins of an iron mining venture that existed between 1735 and 1923. The hike picks up the west bank of Sterling Lake for a brief segment, which leads to the Fire Tower Connector Trail. During this phase the hiker will experience a 300-foot rise in elevation eventually merging onto the Fire Tower Trail. This old wood road progresses a further 350 feet in elevation reaching the historic Sterling Tower. Hikers will be able to enjoy a scenic view of the surrounding area from the 60-foot lookout. Leaving the Fire Tower hikers will travel northbound on the Sterling Ridge Trail to the Bare Rock Trail. The Bare Rock Trail will provide an enjoyable descent back to Sterling Lake where hikers will complete the loop back to the Visitors Center. Led by Sterling Park Staff.

Please note: all events will meet at the Visitor’s Center unless specified otherwise. The trails can be steep and rocky, so please wear sturdy hiking shoes. Our hikes will include stops along the way to interpret natural and historic features. Hunting is allowed in portions of Sterling Forest State Park, we suggest wearing hunter orange or bright colors other than white during the hunting season. Registration is required for all programs. For more information or to register, call 845-351-5907.

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