Hawk's Nest, New York
The Hawk's Nest is a scenic location outside Port Jervis, New York high above the Delaware River on New York State Route 97. Its name is derived from the birds of prey that nest in the area. The location is also known for its winding roads and scenic overlooks in the Delaware River Valley.
Route 97 was originally a one-lane dirt road built in 1859. It was paved between 1931–1933 and subsequently dedicated in 1939, and rededicated on September 21, 2002, as part of the "Upper Delaware Scenic Byway", according to a historical marker placed by the Town of Deerpark, where Hawk's Nest is located. The cautionary speed limit on the Hawk's Nest portion of Route 97 is 25 miles per hour (40 km/h).
In the summer of 1874, the citizens of Monagaup sought to have a direct route over the mountains into the Bolton Basin (Sparrowbush area). The existing route when up the Mongaup River to near Bush Kill Creek with a trail to the Old Plank Road, which led down into Bolton Basin. This is a distance of 9 miles (14 km). The proposed route would eliminate 6 miles (9.7 km) from the trip. A route was inspected by 14 members of the community, which would be 6 miles (9.7 km) long and cost $5,000 to complete. In the spring of 1876, 124 Men from Sparrowbush were hired at $1.00 a day to completed the work.. The road was built 300 feet (91 m) above the Delaware and Hudson Canal down on the river bank. Within a week the first vehicle driven by H.H. Parnum traversed the construction site.
The year 1911, brought the expansion of the State Highway System under the Evans Delaware River Road Bill, adding the Port Jervis-Sullivan County-Hancock highway to the state highway system as Route 3-A. Later that year, the road was widened with the addition of stonewalls and guard rails. It was now a two lane road.
- Historical marker, Hawk's Nest, Town of Deerpark, New York.
- Hawk’s Nest, Newspaper History of the Road; excerpts of The Evening Gazette, August 22, 1874 - Sept 5, 1874; Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc., Upper Delaware Council Office; Narrowsburg, New York; ca 2002
- Hawk’s Nest, Newspaper History of the Road; excerpts of The Evening Gazette, March 16, 1876 - March 18, 1876; Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc., Upper Delaware Council Office; Narrowsburg, New York; ca 2002
- Hawk’s Nest, Newspaper History of the Road; excerpts of The Evening Gazette, June 10, 1911 - Sept 25, 1911; Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc., Upper Delaware Council Office; Narrowsburg, New York; ca 2002
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