Black Rock Forest Consortium, Cornwall

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Black Rock Forest is a 3870acre forest and biological field station maintained by Black Rock Forest Consortium. It is located in the western Hudson Highlands region of the U.S. state of New York, in Orange County, mostly in the town of Cornwall, with the southern fringe overlapping into the neighboring town of Highlands.
First established by a local resident in 1928, the forest was the property of Harvard University until 1989. The Consortium has invested heavily in facilities to not only improve its research and educational missions but promote sustainability, erecting several green buildings in the middle of the forest with guest facilities, classrooms and laboratories. Its educational facilities are used by groups at every level, from the primary elementary grades to college undergraduates. Over 400 papers have been published from research done in the forest.
The current forest began to grow about 14,000 years ago, with the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. Originally, like many post-glacial forests, it consisted of evergreen conifers such as spruce and fir, but as the climate warmed they gave way to the deciduous species of oak and maple that now predominate.
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  • We were looking for a short, scenic walk and found the Mineral Springs Falls trail to be just right. It is not marked with that name but there is a barrier across the road indicating Black Rock Forest...  more »
  • Great place to hike with kids and dogs. It's never crowded and hardly ever see any other hikers on the trail. It's our favorite activity from spring to fall. Honestly I've never tried coming here duri...  more »
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  • If u went to Newburgh schools be honest, going here for a field trip was lit
  • Great forest to explore. It's not a park. There's lots of environmental science being done there.
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