Summitville, NY – Sullivan County’s six parks are ready for a busy summer season, confirms Parks Director Brian Scardefield.
“We’ve been preparing for a memorable summer for everyone visiting our parks,” he explains. “We’re offering inexpensive (often free) and safe places to take the whole family for a day of fun!”
- The D&H Interpretive Center, located at the end of Bova Road off Route 209 in Summitville, is going to open Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 and 29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Normal operations will run June 17 through Labor Day every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Center, which offers museum-quality exhibits on the history of the Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Canal, sits beside the locks and towpath of the old canal. Approximately five miles of the flat, easily accessed towpath can be traversed from Summitville to Wurtsboro – part of the County’s D&H Canal Linear Park. There is no admission fee.
- Lake Superior State Park, operated by the County, is accessed via Dr. Duggan Road between Routes 17B and 55 in Bethel and offers picnicking, hiking, swimming and boating opportunities and pavilions available to rent during the summer. It, too, will open this Memorial Day weekend and remain open through Labor Day (Mondays-Thursdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays 9 a.m.-7 p.m., subject to weather conditions). The beach will open in mid-June. Admission is $5.
- The Stone Arch Bridge Historical Park at the intersection of Routes 52 and 52A in Kenoza Lake features walking trails, picnic facilities, a playground and the three-arched bridge itself, one of the most photographed sites in Sullivan County. Admission is free.
- The Livingston Manor Covered Bridge sits right off County Route 179 on Covered Bridge Road in Livingston Manor. Next to the historic structure (which is still in use) are picnicking spots, a pavilion available to rent and access to the Little Beaverkill. Admission is free.
- The Minisink Battleground Park off Route 97 on County Route 168 near Barryville commemorates the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Sullivan County and features well-shaded walking trails with informative kiosks highlighting facts of the fight. A picnic pavilion is also available for rental, conveniently sitting next to indoor bathrooms. Admission to the park is free of charge.
- Now operated by The Delaware Company, Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Route 97 in Narrowsburg remains an iconic and popular attraction, replete with structures, furnishings and re-enactors accurate to the early colonial period in the upper Delaware River region. More info about the Fort, admission prices and operating hours can be found at www.thedelawarecompany.org/fort-delaware-museum.
A complete list of amenities and locations of the various parks is available at www.sullivanny.us/Departments/ParksRecreation. Those seeking group picnic permits, Lake Superior season passes or other information are encouraged to call the Parks Office at 845-807-0287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.