Getting through a Rock and a Hard Place on a Trail at Fahnestock State Park

by Raina Stoutenburg, AmeriCorps member of the Taconic Crew

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Taconic Crew (aka the Talus Titans) is working out of Fahnestock State Park on the Appalachian Access Trail.  On that trail, there is a section that we have lovingly nicknamed “Dead Man’s Curve”.

When we first encountered this section of trail, there was nowhere to walk.  On one side of the trail there was a wall of bedrock. On the other side, there was a steep drop-off. In between, there was no place to build a trail.  It was deservedly named ‘Dead Man’s Curve’ and the name stuck.

After doing a lot of discovery around the bedrock, it was decided that we were going to rent a pneumatic hammer and create a trail out of the bedrock. Using the hammer was difficult.  We had to hold the hammer at an angle and it was heavy.  Even the strongest people had to switch off every five minutes, or so. It was fun to use though!  There’s something strangely satisfying about breaking off chunks of rock using large power tools!

After almost two days of working with a pneumatic hammer, the bedrock had become a trail!  There is still a steep drop-off on one side.  On the other side is a wall of iron-laden bedrock.  In between, there is about two feet of rock that is easy to walk on!

Dead Man’s Curve has been greatly transformed into a section of trail with a nice view and a memorable bedrock tread!

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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1 Response to Getting through a Rock and a Hard Place on a Trail at Fahnestock State Park

  1. Lucy Waletzky says:

    I’m very grateful for your very hard work which has made that dangerous section of trail safer
    Lucy Waletzky

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