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Panoramas: Lower Valley
Rockland Lake State Park, river front
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The commercial history of Rockland Lake goes back into the 19th century when ice was harvested from its pristine waters. Later, the lake became a popular resort area attracting people up from the City on the train.

In the 20th century, with the invention of refrigeration, the ice industry collapsed and with the increase of popularity of the car, people stopped coming by train for a visit. The state acquired most of the property and put in extensive improvements turning Rockland Lake into a popular public park with swimming pools, small boating and miles of trials.

Tucked back behind the lake however remains the vestiges of a proud and thriving community. A small village continues to exist between the lake and the river. Down Landing Road you can park your car and walk down the old road toward the river.

Actually getting to the river can be a little adventurous though. At the bottom of Landing Road the road turns into an improved cinder path. A few yards along you will find a small path breaking backwards to the left. Follow it and you will come down to an improved trail stretching the length of Rockland Lake State Park following the banks of the River.

This is one of the precious few places in the Valley where you can actually walk the banks of the Hudson River. Just north of the park, the railroads lay claim to the banks making access nearly impossible. But this stretch of the river is open to you to walk and explore.

Where the path down to the river reaches the banks, you will find old pilings tracing a pathway out into the waters. Here is where the ice was loaded on ships taking it around the world.

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