3. Nyack to Long Clove

Section 3: Nyack to Long Clove

Quick Facts

Distance: 8.85 miles
Parks: Mountainview Nature Park, Nyack Beach State Park, Hook Mountain State Park, Rockland Lake State Park
Maps: Interactive Map, Hudson Palisades Trails (maps 110 and 111)
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General Description

The first two miles of this section are suburban and the trail frequently runs along roads or near houses. After leaving US Route 9W, the Long Path ascends Hook Mountain. Its bare summit affords splendid views up and down the Hudson River. The trail then continues through woodlands and along ridges, passing an old cemetery and old quarries.


Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 11, Mountainview Avenue.
By public transportation: The Red and Tan Lines buses 9W and 9A give access to many points along the trail from US Route 9W.


0.00  Strip shopping centers along NY Route 59 may provide parking. (Unlocated)
2.10  Christian Herald Road at US Route 9W. (41.11008°, -73.92744°)
5.75  Landing Road (limited, tends to fill up on weekends). (41.14358°, -73.91232°)
6.35  Golf course parking lot (fee in season).
8.85  Southeast side of US Route 9W, across from Landmark Drive, formerly known as Long Clove Road (limited parking). (41.17449°, -73.94458°)

Trail Description

0.00  The section begins where Waldron Avenue/Mountainview Avenue crosses NY Route 59. There is a traffic light at the intersection. The Long Path continues north on Mountainview Avenue and heads uphill to the bridge over the New York State Thruway. This is a busy commercial area with food and phones widely available. Once across the Thruway, Mountainview Avenue passes a driveway on the right.

0.25  The trail turns right into woodland after passing the driveway. Next, the trail crosses a road from an apartment complex and ascends the steep pitch on the other side. It quickly bears right and passes through a narrow strip of woods with housing complexes on both sides. At the next junction, continuing eastward on a woods road leads to a corner of Oak Hill Cemetery where there are spectacular views of the Tappan Zee, one of the widest parts of the Hudson. The trail turns left instead and climbs the woods road on a series of switchbacks to a water tank.

0.70  Now on the level, the trail continues northward along a stone wall. It skirts another garden apartment complex on the left through adjoining woodland. An unmarked trail drops down on the right to the Nyack High School, but continue on the level. Finally, the trail turns downhill on an old driveway and reaches Christian Herald Road.

1.70  Turn right onto Christian Herald Road.

2.10  The Long Path turns left onto US Route 9W at a traffic light.



View from Hook Mountain [MICHAEL WARREN]

2.50  Leave US Route 9W through a gap in the guardrail. After about 20 feet, the trail turns right into the woods and moves diagonally away from the road. In another 250 feet, reach the southern junction of the Boulders Loop Trail (white), which leaves downhill.  The trails are co-aligned for 0.1 mile before the Boulders Loop Trail leaves to the right, descending downhill through the woods toward Nyack Beach State Park (the complete Boulders Loop Trail is 2.8 miles).  This Boulders Loop Trail also allows for a circular hike using the Long Path and River Trail at the base of Hook Mountain.  Continuing uphill, views of the Hudson River and the Tappan Zee Bridge appear, and the trail begins the often steep and rocky climb up Hook Mountain.

3.25  The open, rocky summit of Hook Mountain affords a tremendous view up and down the Hudson River with the Palisades visible to the south on the right bank of the river. The trail now descends through dry woods.  Many fine views occur as the trail trends downward along a broad woods road on the west side of Hook Mountain's ridge. As the trail approaches the recreation areas of Rockland Lake State Park, it passes an old stone wall and several unmarked trails leave on both sides. After a final steep descent, reach Landing Road. Turning right, Landing Road will meet the Shore Path. It can be used for a circular hike over and around Hook Mountain. Turning left leads to Rockland Lake State Park and US Route 9W.



Chicken mushroom (Laetiporus sulphureus) [JAKOB FRANKE]


5.75  The Long Path crosses Landing Road and begins to climb. It quickly passes a tiny, old cemetery, the Wells Family Cemetery, with faded headstones from the 19th century. After passing the cemetery, the trail begins to go up and down, following the crest of the ridge. There are several beautiful views, some from precipices, of Croton Point Park on the other side of the Hudson River. The trail passes tennis courts and a stone wall to the left.

6.35  An unmarked trail leads left to the parking lot of the State Park golf course. When open, the concession provides water, phone and food. The Long Path continues along the ridge, often changing from upward to downward, with views through the trees both to the left and to the right.

8.45  The Long Path reaches the Treason Trail (white) on the right. This trail leads down to the Shore Path. The Long Path veers left, crosses under a power line beneath which there is a railroad tunnel, and descends to US Route 9W.

8.85  The trail reaches Route 9W just east of its intersection with NY Route 304. To continue, cross Route 9W and follow Landmark Drive, an abandoned town road formerly known as Long Clove Road.


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Sheila F.'s picture

Hike number 3! Hot, humid and fabulous! Remarkable how diverse each leg of this hike has been, both from each other and within the individual portions. We take turns leading but I may lose the privilege as I stop walking to tell a fascinating story, like how I broke my tailbone while ice skating at 12. We agreed that, should rhe NY/NJ Trail Conference update the narrative of the hike, pointing out the view of Sing Sing Prison from Hook Mountain should be included. Maryliz and I paused here and reflected on the contrast between the jubilant freedom we were experiencing on the trail and the enforced incarceration right across the the river. We rapidly abandoned this line of thinking and resumed our normal criminal behavior. There was much celebration when we crossed the intersection of the Treason Path. We came out onto 9W and jogged back to our car on Rt. 59. Ok, we called a car service. We then sat in dead stop traffic until many crashes on both Whitestone and Throgs Neck Bridges were cleared. It was good to sit. Cant wait for leg 4!
Gedalyamil's picture

Last nite in between days 2 & 3 of the Long Path I trekked to Garden City, LI for a sleep study to address my sleep apnea. My traditional wife hasn't slept in the same room as me for >20 years because of my alleged snoring. I was discharged at 5:30AM and arrived home at 6:30AM, said my morning prayers, wolfed down some breakfast, and was on the road again by 8AM. I parked in a McDonalds parking lot on Waldron Ave in central Nyack. The sign said non-customers will be towed but I figured that after 1 billion served they'd have learned something about hospitality. I crossed over route 59 to begin stage 3. I immediately came upon a moving plaque and memorial commemorating the brave policemen that lost their lives subsequent to the Brinks robbery by the weather underground at Nanuet mall in 1981. I have a vague memory of this from my childhood (i was born in Brooklyn 1971). The weather underground have become kind of legendary outlaws to the progressives like Billy the Kid but I wont be singing their Ballad as they were brutal terrorists. Also, lets not forget that Barak Obama launched his political career in the living room of a weather underground member. The early hike went in and out of the woods, local backyards, an attractive cemetery, a summer camp called Ramah (my son was a councilor here a few years back #BMOC), and Nyack high school before entering the woods for good to summit Hook Mountain. I had hiked Hook Mountain roughly 20 years ago with my cousin who lived in nearby Monsey, NY. He has since moved to Israel to a village called Kfar Pines. He lives there with his wife and 4 rambunctious sons. If Israel were smart it would send the boys on a mission to Iran to destroy their nuclear program. The Mullahs would have their hands full and give up in 30 minutes and these kids would be selling Uranium in Tell Aviv for half price. Instead, Israel is on the forefront of perpetuating covid-phobia. Yesterday they fired hospital workers who refused vaccination. More on that another time. Back to the hike, Hook was like a series of rolling hills with pleasant ups and down. This was my favorite day on the Long path so far. The views of the Hudson and environs were spectacular in many spot. This was also the nicest day of the year with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s. Not bad for early March. There were only a few patches of residual snow. I didn't need micro spikes today but did break out my hiking poles on an icy bank. I listened to a wonderful podcast of 'daf-yomi' along the Hook ridge. That is a daily page of Talmud, which is the oral Jewish law written roughly between the years 200-500. Todays discussion was about the metaphysical danger in doing things in multiples of 2. This made me fearful I would break a leg on my descent of Hook since it was my 2nd time hiking here. However, I rationalized that my two trips were not a pair but 2 individual units of 1. After descending safely to 9W I called a cab to drive me back to my car in Nyack. On to Stage 4 tomorrow.