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Piermont - Last Stop USA
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The tiny hamlet of Piermont is one of those special secrets of the Hudson Valley. Tucked into a small cove in Rockland County, Piermont is filled with unique bistros, enticing cafes and appealing boutiques.

Jutting out from Piermont about a mile into the heart of the Hudson River is the Piermont Pier. Now a public park, the pier started life as a commercial pier servicing the many steamers and commercial vessels plying the Hudson River.

During the WWII, the pier was taken over by the US Government, extended and improved and used as the principal embarkation point of soldiers heading to Europe. 40,000 US troops per month, including many Hudson Valley residents, passed across the pier where ships were waiting to transport them to military duty in war-torn Europe. Piermont became known as the "Last Stop USA."

After the war was won, over half a million men returned home, across the same pier, first setting foot back in the US out in the middle of the Hudson River at the end of the pier.

These days, anyone can walk to the end of the pier enjoying the nature preserve and views along the way. It's a favorite fishing spot for anglers allowing access out into the many environments of the Hudson, from estuary to deep channel currents. On this day, mostly eels are being reeled in.

Even on a hot and steamy July day, out on the pier the river breezes cool and the waters embrace transporting you to a completely unique view and location.

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