Monday, November 15, 2010

Experience Woodstock Hiking

Courtesy of Phoenicia Times
There are plenty of wonderful hikes in and around Woodstock. A terrific new one is located just to the west of Woodstock Township 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 Phoenicia Park, 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