The Best Bike Trails: Delaware River Heritage Trail (Part 2)
As promised, here are some more awesome places to check out during your ride around the Delaware River Heritage Trail:
The lower part of the building used to be a toll house for what was then an old suspension bridge across the Delaware River. The bridge was demolished by an ice gorge just a couple of years after it opened in 1872 but was replaced by a couple of others later on. The current bridge has been in operation since 1939.
The other parts of the property used to be called Kirk’s Grove, a popular picnic and concert area back in the day. Today, however, the place is most famous for Flo-Jean’s restaurant.
This city-owned park features sports, boating and fishing facilities. Once home to the Erie Railroad, parts of the area remain covered with cinders left behind by steam engines. Other sections of the area used to serve as cattle pens, eventually earning the park the nickname “The Stockyards”.
Port Jervis Erie Depot
If you head left from the Riverside Park entrance, just across the tracks, you’ll find this huge red brick building topped with a gray roof. Built in 1892, the depot was used for passenger service for over eight decades. It eventually shut down due to the decline of railroad operations but was restored through the combined efforts of the Port Jervis Development Corporation, the Depot Preservation Society and the Minisink Valley Historical Society. It housed a museum from 1989 to 2002. It is now being run by two developers.
You can view this large ledge in the river from the dike in Riverside Park. “Sim” is short for “Simon Westfall”, the owner of the circa 1740 stone house located just southwest of the ledge in Matamoras, Pennsylvania. It is famous for having served as home to representatives of the Royal Commission of 1769 while they were discussing the termination point of the boundary line between New York and New Jersey.
Erie Railroad Main Line
The railroad bed along a section of the trail in Riverside Park is still being used by both passenger and freight trains today. It managed to survive the decline of railroad operations caused by the advent of diesel engines and the interstate highway system coupled with the increased usage of trucks for shipping.
Let us take a break. Come back soon for the third installment of this series.