Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

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Green Pond

After my near arctic hike of last week in the Catskills I decided to take it easy this week and do a hike in the beautiful Harriman State Park, close to the city. I intended to hike a part of the Nurian Trail. The trail is named after Kerson Nurian, a Bulgarian immigrant who worked in Brooklyn. He was one of the pioneers to blaze trails in the Harriman area. By that time there was no regulation at all, so he often found himself in disagreement with other trail blazers. The result is that the region I hiked has a dense net of trails, some are only a few meters apart from each other.

The hike starts at the so called Elk Pen, an open piece of grassland, almost next to the noisy New York Thruway. At this site Major William Welch, one of the early managers of the state park, conducted here an experiment by bringing in 75 elk from Yellowstone National Park.

Nice clear waters
The experiment failed. Many of the elk died. So, now only the grass remains but the old fences of the containment area can still be seen.

The trail initially follows the old Arden Valley road, unfortunately parallel to the Thruway, so really noisy. An old bridge crossing the waterfall rich Stahaha Brook is still a reference to the past. The hike goes up and down through an amazing landscape of brooks, trees, boulders, giant rocks, rock slaps, waterfalls etc. Two highlights on the trail are the old Boston Mine and Green Pond. Boston mine was closed in 1880 and has filled up with water now. But the entrance looks still impressive. Green Pond is a small pond that is slowly vanishing. It is being filled by the vegetation and mud, taking over the open waters. But for the time being it is still a beautiful spot to be.

More pictures below!

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Green Pond
Green Pond
Nice clear waters
Nice clear waters
The Elk Pen
The Elk Pen
At the edge of the Elk Pen
At the edge of the Elk Pen
Stahahe Brook, seen from the old A…
Stahahe Brook, seen from the old …
Stahahe Brook, and the old Arden V…
Stahahe Brook, and the old Arden …
Stahahe Brook
Stahahe Brook
Stahahe Brook
Stahahe Brook
The trail bridge was not in a very…
The trail bridge was not in a ver…
Nice clear waters
Nice clear waters
Huge rocks
Huge rocks
Huge rocks in the so called Valle…
Huge rocks in the so called "Vall…
Huge rocks in the so called Valle…
Huge rocks in the so called "Vall…
Green Pond
Green Pond
Boston Mine
Boston Mine
Boston Mine
Boston Mine
Green Pond
Green Pond
Green Pond
Green Pond
Green Pond
Green Pond
Green Pond
Green Pond
Near Green Pond
Near Green Pond
Green Pond
Green Pond
Huge rocks in the so called Valle…
Huge rocks in the so called "Vall…
Huge rocks in the so called Valle…
Huge rocks in the so called "Vall…
Nice clear waters
Nice clear waters
The Elk Pen
The Elk Pen
The Elk Pen
The Elk Pen
The Mazda on the Elk Pen
The Mazda on the Elk Pen
Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park - NY
photo by: mdalamers