Downstate New York Rock Walks

An Explorer's Guide to Amazing Boulders and Rock Formations

By C. Russell Dunn

Subjects: New York/regional, Science, Environmental Studies, American History, General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions
Imprint: Excelsior Editions
Paperback : 9781438494708, 544 pages, November 2023

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations

East Side of Hudson River

Dutchess County

Putnam County

Westchester County

The Bronx

Nassau County



Staten Island (Richmond County)

Long Island (Suffolk County)

West Side of Hudson River

Orange County

Sullivan County

Rockland County

Harriman State Park and the Palisades

Harriman State Park: Northern Section

Harriman State Park: Southern Section

Bergen County

The Palisades

About the Author

An explorer’s walking guide to downstate New York’s awesome boulders and rock formations.


Downstate New York Rock Walks is both a hiking guidebook and a history book, calling attention to some of downstate New York's most spectacular and historic rocks: balanced rocks, perched rocks, rock shelters, talus caves, glacial potholes, split rocks, rock profiles, historic rocks, and massive, larger-than-life boulders.

Many large glacial erratics have a history going back thousands of years to when they were moved to their present location by advancing glaciers. Many served as points of navigational reference at a time when the landscape was featureless and heavily forested, and still others were ceremonial sites for Native Americans. Rock shelters and talus caves have also been used for thousands of years by Native Americans and Europeans seeking refuge from the elements. It is important that these amazing natural wonders of stone be remembered and recorded before they are lost to collective memory or destroyed by the encroachment of civilization.

Providing precise GPS location information along with length and degree of difficulty for each hike, Downstate New York Rock Walks will appeal to casual hikers, serious rock explorers, historians, geologists, and anyone wishing to explore some of nature’s greatest wonders within the reach of the lower Hudson River valley.

C. Russell Dunn is a retired New York State-licensed hiking guide and the author of many regional outdoors and history-oriented hiking guidebooks, including Adirondack Waterfall Guide: New York’s Cool Cascade; Catskill Region Waterfall Guide; Trails with Tales: History Hikes through the Capital Region, Saratoga, Berkshires, Catskills and Hudson Valley; and Paths to the Past: History Hikes through the Hudson River Valley, Catskills, Berkshires, Taconics, Saratoga and Capital Region, (the latter two cowritten with his wife, Barbara Delaney). He lives in Albany, New York.


"Russell Dunn, who has written many, many books taking us outdoors throughout our region, commonly to see waterfalls, has done it again. He has written a book about rocks, lots of them. He claims it is about 'boulders and unusual rock formations,' but it is far more than that. If it is made of rock and is interesting, then it is fair game for this book Somehow, he has amassed a list of notable boulders, caves, outcrops, etc. in our region and researched them all. He takes you to each one and tells you all about them. None of us will ever get to see them all, but we will all want to try. This is the perfect gift for your rockhound friend or your rockhound self." — Robert Titus, coauthor of The Hudson Valley in the Ice Age