Black Rock Forest Consortium, Cornwall on Hudson

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Forest · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Black Rock Forest is a 3870acre forest and biological field station maintained by Black Rock Forest Consortium. It is located in the western Hudson Highlands region of the U.S. state of New York, in Orange County, mostly in the town of Cornwall, with the southern fringe overlapping into the neighboring town of Highlands.
First established by a local resident in 1928, the forest was the property of Harvard University until 1989. The Consortium has invested heavily in facilities to not only improve its research and educational missions but promote sustainability, erecting several green buildings in the middle of the forest with guest facilities, classrooms and laboratories. Its educational facilities are used by groups at every level, from the primary elementary grades to college undergraduates. Over 400 papers have been published from research done in the forest.
The current forest began to grow about 14,000 years ago, with the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. Originally, like many post-glacial forests, it consisted of evergreen conifers such as spruce and fir, but as the climate warmed they gave way to the deciduous species of oak and maple that now predominate.
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  • From an easy stroll to an uphill hike, its great! trails are marked fairly well, but it helps to have a map. Not too crowded, even on the weekdays  more »
  • We were looking for a short, scenic walk and found the Mineral Springs Falls trail to be just right. It is not marked with that name but there is a barrier across the road indicating Black Rock...  more »
  • A wonderful place with unique and beautiful views. Most of the public access comes from Route 9W, near the lowest parts of the earth, and many of the educational and research facilities are located in that central north area. To the south, in the Highlands part of the forest, the land rises more than a thousand feet (300 m) to several peaks, including the eponymous Black Rock of 1,402 feet (427 m) with its observation tower and Spy Rock, to 1,463 feet (446 m) the highest point in the city of Highlands and the highest peak in the Highlands west of the Hudson River. It has beautiful trails for outdoor exercise, most are short routes between roads and other trails or spurs to several viewpoints that run less than two miles. I recommend visiting this place with shoes and appropriate clothing, bring water and be aware of snakes as they can be found on the road and can be dangerous, also use caution with wild animals. There is parking on site and they are safe.
  • This place is great for some solitude time with nature! Very big to explore and I've only gotten to explore around "Ben's" area. Bring water and get ready to sweat if you want to go deep into this lovely forest.The sounds of rivers and a mini waterfall located as you walk deeper into the forest as a sight reward for pure relaxation. I need to go here more often to rejuvenate.

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