Sunday, July 31, 2011

Iona Island hike on Sep 3rd rain date Sep 4th at 10am.

Doc Bayne is all set to do the Iona Island hike on Sep 3rd rain date Sep 4th at 10am. 

The entrance is off Route 9W, 1.5 miles South of the Bear Mountain Bridge. Park in lot next to the West Shore railroad tracks, leaving, of course, sufficient clearance for trains.

Doc Bayne, renowned local historian, photographer and educator, will again lead a hike around Iona Island in the Hudson River below Bear Mountain.
From evidence of native Americans on the island through the colonial farms and settlements, when it was known as Salisbury Island, and later as Weygant's Island. In the late 1800s it attracted tourists with an amusement park, hotel, and picnic grounds. Iona Island served as a major Northeast United States Naval arsenal from 1900 to 1965, complete with explosions, saboteurs and of course, the famous mothball fleet following WWII. Since 1965, when the Palisades Interstate Park Commission took possession, much of the island and surrounding marshes have become a wildlife preserve, providing valuable habitat for many species, including winter nesting for Bald Eagles, during which the Island is off limits to human visitors.

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