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Mill Brook Covered Bridge

    The Mill Brook Covered Bridge (also known as the Grants Mills Covered Bridge) of a handful of historic covered bridges that remain in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York in modern times. The covered bridge crosses the Mill Brook and is located on Mill Brook Road in the town of Hardenburgh in Ulster County, less than a ½ mile from the border with Delaware County. The single lane bridge is currently closed to vehicular traffic, but pedestrians are welcome to cross the bridge. The Mill Brook Covered Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge was built by Edgar Marks, Orrin Marks and Wesley Alton in 1902 at a total cost of $1,027, using a Town lattice truss design for this 66 foot long covered bridge which is quite similar in dimensions and design to other covered bridges found in the Catskills. The bridge took only a few months to build, as local officials were accepting bids to build a covered bridge over Mill Brook in the summer of
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Elephant's Head

  Along NY Route 30 just south of Malone, New York is the hiking trail for the 1,980 foot high Elephant's Head . The name of Elephant's Head came about because it is said that the hills and mountains around nearby Lake Titus resemble an elephant's head. While I couldn't see the resemblance myself, I opted to venture up the Elephant's Head Trail on a hot July day, wanting to get in just a short hike with the limited time I had in the area. Located in the Titusville Mountain State Forest, the Elephant's Head Trail to the summit of Elephant's Head can be a short hike or a longer hike, depending on whether the gate near the highway is open or not. During the winter and other times when the gate is closed, you can park at the parking area closest to the highway and it is a moderate 4.1 mile round trip hike. During times when the gate is open, you are able to drive up the dirt road to an upper parking area and the hike becomes closer to 1.5 miles round trip with

Wadhams Falls

  The 20 foot tall Wadhams Falls is located in a quieter corner of the Adirondacks along the Boquet River (or Bouquet River) in the small hamlet of Wadhams in the Town of Westport . I was first introduced to this waterfall while searching for waterfalls I could see in the Adirondacks that weren't quite as well known. What I've found along NY Route 22 next to the Wadhams Free Library is a charming waterfall right in the heart of it all. So take a look, it's in a book (the Adirondack Fifty Falls Challenge guidebook, in fact). Once you find parking along the street in the quiet hamlet of Wadhams, you can view the waterfall from the bridge on NY Route 22. The view from the bridge is of a small gorge in the foreground that has been chiseled into the river bed. The geology around Wadhams Falls reminds me a bit of what I'd find in the Canadian Shield , and this makes sense as the Adirondacks are geologically part of the Canadian Shield. Above Wadhams Falls is a dam that is

Jay Covered Bridge

    The 170 foot long Jay Covered Bridge spanning the East Branch of the Ausable River in the Essex County town of Jay, New York , was built in 1857 by George M. Burt. It is listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and is the only remaining Howe truss designed covered bridge in the Adirondacks. Of the all covered bridges in New York, only two can be found in the Adirondacks and both happen to be located just downstream of waterfalls. The Copeland Covered Bridge in the Saratoga County town of Edinburg is the other one. The bridge crosses the river just below Jay Falls , a broad set of falls that that drop about 10 feet over several tiers. The first covered bridge in this location was destroyed by flooding in 1856. There is an interesting history of the old covered bridge and what happened during the devastating flood. On September 30, 1856,  a violent thunderstorm brought a torrent of furious power. A man by the name David Heald (or Hale) had a cabin at Rain

Kirk Douglas Park Falls

Distinguished actor, World War II veteran, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. These are all roles that Kirk Douglas had during his 103 years of life. But did you know that he has a waterfall named in his honor in Amsterdam, New York, the city where he was born and raised? Alongside Kirk Douglas Park near downtown Amsterdam is a waterfall on the North Chuctanunda Creek that you can see from the bridge on Guy Park Avenue. That small, long and picturesque waterfall is known as Kirk Douglas Park Falls. The waterfall has a series of drops that you can see from the middle of the bridge, with one of the more picturesque parts of the waterfall being a drop of about 20 feet in length. There is also a cascade of about 10 feet in height a little further up along the walls of the park, which also feature a playground and benches for passive recreation. In all, its a nice little oasis to take a break and enjoy a little bit of nature right in the heart of it all. How to Get The

Saratoga Automobile Museum

Within the friendly confines of the Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs , there is quite a bit to see and do. Among the Roosevelt Baths , the spas, the geysers, the walking trails and even the Saratoga Performing Arts Center , just to name a few places, there are a few museums to be found in well. One of those museums, located in the historic Saratoga Bottling Plant , is the Saratoga Automobile Museum . So one foggy day while I was in Saratoga Springs over the holidays to buy some locally famous Peppermint Pigs as Christmas gifts for family and friends, I decided to swing by the Saratoga Automobile Museum and see its collection of cars. Once inside and after I had paid my admission , I was greeting by a very knowledgeable staff member who gave me a tour around the museum, giving me plenty of details about the museum and the main attraction of the museum itself, which is the collection of unique automobiles that make up the museum. After he explained the history and the