Blauvelt State Park
This is an undeveloped park with no facilities other than hiking trails and limited parking. The park links with several other town and county parks, including Clausland Mountain Park, Buttermilk Falls Park, Tackamack Park and the Schuyler/Bradley Park, creating a largely seamless park range on the Hudson Palisades. The Long Path, a hiking trail linking Fort Lee, New Jersey to the Adirondacks of New York, travels through the park. The park offers several outlooks over the Hudson River and the Tappan Zee. Finally the park contains the ruins of an abandoned World War I rifle range, Camp Bluefields. The tunnels that connected the down range targets to the firing line remain. The adjacent Clausland Mountain Park and Nike Site is the former home of a Nike missile launch site. During the Cold War the site was part of a ring of Nike surface to air missiles surrounding New York City intended to defend New York City from Soviet bombers.
An article about Blauvelt, NY, by Firth Haring Fabend appears in South of the Mountains (The Historical Society of Rockland County), Vol. 50, No. 2, April-June 2006. The title is "From Jan Claus' Land to 'tGreynbos to Greenbush to Blauveltville to Blauvelt."
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