Top Five: Walkable Westchester Author Jane Daniels

Summer arrives in June with barbecues, trips to the local swimming pool, beach days, and, of course, the summer solstice. Yorktown’s Jane Daniels, author of local hiking guide Walkable Westchester, shares five great places to watch that late-evening, summer-opening sunset.

1) Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson
This park boasts a fabulous view of the sunset that’s accessible to residents who might not be as adventurous when it comes to harder-to-get-to spots, says Daniels. The park itself has a large expanse of picnic space for visitors to sit and take in the view.
2) George’s Island Park, Montrose
George’s Island Park has a “rustic” quality, but is still quite accommodating. The official seating area might be on the smaller side, but visitors can easily sit right next to the Hudson River, says Daniels. “I also enjoy this spot for the great eagle-landing views in winter,” she adds.
3) Scenic Hudson Park, Irvington
This park offers a fabulous view of the sunset without having to get far away from a Main Street, Daniels says. “It has a very ‘village’ feel to it due to the surrounding area, which includes the Palisades and the Tappan Zee Bridge.”
4) Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve,
Yorktown Heights

For a more off-the-beaten-path look at the setting sun, Daniels suggests Turkey Mountain. “It is a shorter trail and the hike itself is relatively easy to tackle. It has an excellent distance view, complete with an area of natural rock slab for visitors to peer out from.” Daniels warns, though, to bring a flashlight, “since it can get quite dark.”
5) Anthony’s Nose, Cortlandt
This spot just north of the Bear Mountain Bridge is the most difficult to get to of the five, with a steep climb to the top of the viewing area by way of the Appalachian Trail. “It is not so accessible,” Daniels says, “the one downside to this trail.” Hikers are rewarded with a fabulous lookout over the Hudson and a sunset view.

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