The Park Visitor Center (845) 786-5003 stocks the following PIPC Press books and others that are guaranteed to answer your questions about our parks and historic sites, the Hudson River Valley and surrounding areas, the trail you thought you were on, and if a bear really does use the woods.
You’ll also find trail and road maps (remember those?), Harr-apparel, coffee, healthy and not-so-healthy snacks, local honey, hiking sticks, bug repellent, stickers, magnets, patches, pins, plush, organic soaps and salves, Empire Passports/Passcards, and much more. Located on the center island of the Palisades Interstate Parkway between Exits 16 and 17 (yup, that white building you pass but never stop at), the store is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM EST. Reeves Meadow Visitor Center (845-753-5122) on Seven Lakes Drive in Sloatsburg (at the southwestern end of Harriman State Park) operates from 8 AM to 5 PM on non-rainy weekends and holidays from mid-March through the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
PIPC Press Publications Include:DOODLETOWN
, Hiking Through History in a Vanished Hamlet on the Hudson (revised 2017)
Elizabeth “Perk” Stalter
Former Doodletown resident “Perk” Stalter recalls the pre-Revolutionary War village nestled in the shadow of four mountains in the northern corner of Rockland County, NY. She reconstructs the town as she knew it, weaving its history with her life there in the 1950s. Her hiking tour takes readers on a leisurely ramble, leading them to breathtaking vistas and secret places. Included in the book are maps and a “real estate guide.” It’s a must read for those interested in a) history, b) hiking, c) towns with funny names, and d) all of the above.RAMBLING WITH NATURE
in the Palisades Interstate Park…and Beyond (2016)
Gene Brown, 9780-578-17365-8, 5½ x 8½ pb, 128 pp, 25 color illustrations, 4 b&w maps, $9.95
In his second memoir, Gene expands his recollections south to Rockland Lake, Hook Mountain, Nyack Beach, and Tallman Mountain state parks, and north to the Catskills and Maine. He writes of his early forays into nature; tells stories of local legends, mentors, and visitors; and brings his beloved parklands to life through vivid descriptions and watercolors. As he guides us through secluded valleys and along rocky summits, he proves the journey is as rewarding as the destination. Included are two appendices, an index, and a bibliography.BIRDS OVER BEAR MOUNTAIN
, Nature Notes from the Hudson Highlands (2004)
Gene Brown, 9780-9655737-4-5, 5½ x 8½ pb, 128 pp, 57 b&w maps and illustrations, $9.95
The author’s lifetime of observations on the natural history of Bear Mountain and Harriman state parks makes for fascinating reading. Follow him through the Hudson Highlands as he recounts sightings of both common and rare birds. Listen as he recalls the rousing voice of the winter wren singing on a laurel-covered hillside in June. Laugh along with his youthful misadventures and his encounters with all sorts of furry and feathered creatures. Admire his beautifully detailed flora and fauna drawings.LOST ARROWHEADS AND BROKEN POTTERY
A History of Native Americans in Bear Mountain State Park, New York
Edward J. Lenik, 9780-916346-82-9, 5½ x 8½ pb, 82 pp, 17 b&w maps and illustrations, $9.50
Mr. Lenik focuses his archaeologist’s sights on the Native Americans who once populated the Hudson River Valley. He documents the most commonly found artifacts from the four periods of Indian culture history (Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, and Historic Contact) and the areas where they were found. If you don’t know cherts from sherds or a “Mësingw” from an atlatl, this is a must read for you.WHO WAS MRS. PELL?
A 19th Century Gentlelady at Bear Mountain (2002)
Richard J. Koke, 9780-9655737-3-7, 5½ x 8½ pb, 48 pp, 16 b&w photos, 17 maps and illustrations, $8.95
Before there was Bear Mountain State Park, there was the Hermitage--not Andrew Jackson’s or the one in Ho-Ho-Kus, but Adelia Duane Pell’s. Mr. Koke recounts the history of the property where once stood Fort Clinton and now stands Trailside Museums & Zoo. He documents each owner from 1796 to the early days of the state park and provides much detail about the families, the buildings, and the area. The bulletin’s title comes from a query posed by Perk Stalter in her book Doodletown.CAMERADO! SING TO ME
, Poems Inspired by Walt Whitman at Bear Mountain (1999)
Edited by Jack Focht, 9780-9655737-1-0, 5½ x 8½ pb, 80 pp, 15 b&w photos, illustrations, $8.95
In 1910, the Harriman family donated land and money for the future Bear Mountain and Harriman state parks. In 1940, they marked its success by donating a bronze likeness of the American poet most known for his celebration of nature. From 1992 to 1995, Trailside Museums sponsored poetry competitions as a way of singing back to the great bard. Camerado! contains the winning entries plus American sculptor Jo Davidson’s own story of how his beloved Walt found a home on the Appalachian Trail in Bear Mountain.FIRE IN THE RAMAPOS
, CD and Booklet (2000)
Norman Brahm, 9780-9655737-2-9, 4¾ x 4¾ pb, 20 pp, 9 b&w photos, illustrations, $14.95
This collection of songs, composed and sung by Norman Brahm and family, celebrates the pioneers of the Ramapos—tough mountain folk, fiercely proud and independent. They survived wars, natural disasters, and the closing of the iron mines where many of them earned their livings. Adapted from songs handed down through oral tradition by his Grandmother Olive, Norman’s songs affectionately and respectfully recall his ancestors, other residents, and their colorful history.