CROW'S NEST
Cornwall, NY

Storm King section of Palisades Interstate Park. Rte 9W South of Storm King Mountain.


Directions:

Int. Of US 9W, NY 293, & NY 218 just west of West Point
Head north on US 92
Climb for 2.6 miles to a parking pull-of on your rights as you start downhill.
Slow down as you approach;
It is a sharp pull-off onto dirt and gravel.
There is no access from the southbound lane of US 9W.
The trail was created and is maintained by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.


Geology:

Waters from Crows Nest Brook south of Crow's Nest run through the US Military Academy at West Point and into the Hudson River across from Constitution Island.


History:

Peggy Turco relates that Crow's Nest is a mountain with a bow-shaped summit, the subject of a Victorian poem famous in its day.

It was one of the favorite haunts of turn of the century photographer and writer William Thompson Howell.

During the Civil War, the mountain was used as a target for testing Parrot guns. These were manufactured at the West Point Foundry at Cold Spring, which you can still visit today.

Today half the mountain is owned by the military academy at West Point, which keeps its property off limits to the public.


A short and easy walk with a view takes you out to the first bluff with a backtrack for a return. Or you can continue to the north peak of Crow's Nest and again return the same way. Or, you can go all thee way along the new Howell Trail to one of the historic pitching points, down to Old Storm King Highway, and loop home through The Clove.

Turco, Peggy. 1996 Walks and Rambles in the Western Hudson Valley.


PLANT LIST:


Trees:
Acer pensylvanicum (goose-foot maple)
Pinus rigida (pitch pine)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Vaccinium sp. (blueberry)