EXPERIENCE WOODSTOCK is about experiencing the town and spirit of Woodstock, NY. Visitors return again and again, and often make their homes here. Known as the “Colony of the Arts” since 1902, Woodstock is located in the Hudson Valley at the foothills of the Catskills. Because of its prominence in the worlds of art and music, Woodstock is often called “the most famous small town in the world.” Above: Maypole revelers at the Woodstock Library Fair
There are plenty of wonderful hikes in and around Woodstock. A terrific new one is located just to the west of WoodstockTownship in Phoenicia. Known as The Tanbark Trail, it references an era when many of the hemlocks in the Woodstock area were felled for their bark, which was the prime ingredient used in the process of tanning leather. Newly completed by the Tremper Mountain Firetower Committee, the trail begins on the east side of PhoeniciaPark, just off St. Ursula Place in Phoenicia, NY, 12464.
The hike is just over two miles. It includes marvelous outlooks, rock formations, and numerous placards providing the history of the area (bluestone quarrying along with tanning) and identifying the surrounding Catskill Mountains.
Trail placard with a view of Phoenicia village above it