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Old Oct 23, 2012, 8:06 AM   #1
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Default Sterling Forest in NY in the Fall

I went to Sterling Forest State Park and met some of the volunteer workers there. They were at the Lakeville Ironworks site where in the 1700s iron was mined and smelted for the Revolutionary War effort. The mine was only about a half a mile’s stroll from the Visitor Center.

From there I proceeded to the Fire Tower, a two-mile hike of mostly uphill climb. I think that needs some emphasis -- it's like climbing a two-mile long flight of stairs. A typical flight of stairs is about 12 feet long. So that makes the hike about 880 times your house's flight of stairs. Needless to say you will have to be fit to complete this hike.

While hiking I imagined what Sterling Forest must have been like a hundred or maybe even a thousand years ago. Probably more or less the same.

Wow.

Thanks to the volunteer workers for keeping Sterling Forest well-preserved and beautiful.

#1) Lakeville Ironworks site.


#2) Waterfall beside the blast furnace.


#3) Trail to the Fire Tower.


#4) View of Sterling Lake from the Fire Tower.


#5) Classic shot of Sterling Lake. This part of Sterling Forest requires no hiking at all. It's just an easy stroll beside the asphalt main road less than a mile from the Visitor Center.


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Outstanding! Thanks for sharing-always enjoy your work and the sites you capture.

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Old Oct 24, 2012, 2:34 PM   #3
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Thank you, Nick.

#6) Some of the volunteer workers can be seen taking a break on the left of the blast furnace.
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Based on the looks from your pictures, the park is very well preserved. The volunteers have put in a lot of work to keep it that way. Thanks for sharing another great series!
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I really like the first 2, and I would really love #1 if the power lines were cloned out.
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Thank you, WCKSer, hoffam19.

Hi, hoffam19. Yes, I noticed the powerlines while shooting, too. But I figured since it's an industrial scene, not entirely nature, I could leave it. Opinions may vary, of course.

#8) Along the trail to the Fire Tower.


#9) Lakeville Ironworks site from the main road.
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Very interesting area, and some lovely scenes you have captured. Thanks for sharing these.
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Thank you, Cardys.

#10) Inside the Frank R. Lautenberg Visitor Center at Sterling Lake.
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