10. Anthony's Nose Overlook
Anthony's Nose is the mountain directly opposite Bear Mountain on the
east side of the Hudson River. NY Route 9D follows the east side of the
Hudson River around the base of the mountain where it intersects with
the Bear Mountain Toll Bridge. The Appalachian Trail descends from the
summit of the mountain along one of the steepest portions of the trail.
Most of the mountain is part of Camp Smith Military Reservation and is
off limits. South of Bear Mountain Bridge, Route 9D ascends along a steep,
winding, narrow grade along the southeast face of the mountain. A small
parking area about 1 mile south of the bridge on the river side of the
road provides an astounding view of the Hudson River Valley ("fjord")
and the Hudson Highlands to the west (Figure 30). Extreme caution should
be used at this locality as traffic can be heavy with drivers watching
the scenery more than the road!
|Figure 30. View of the Hudson River "fjord" from Anthony's
Anthony's Nose got its name from a local colonial land owner and town
trumpeter of New Amsterdam, Anthony Von Corlear. The name of the promontory
point along the Hudson is attributed to Peter Styvestant in honor of his
fishing friend whose flamboyant ego apparently matched his exceedingly
The overlook is slightly up river from the Iona Island Bird Sanctuary
which encompasses marshlands and a low, rocky promontory on the western
side of the river. This site is a popular bird watching locality, in that
bald eagles nest along the shore of the preserve (bring a telescope or
binoculars!). The viewing is best in the morning when the sun is to the
east. The prominent peaks that dominate the western skyline west of the
Hudson River are Bear Mountain, West Mountain, Bald Mountain, and Dunderberg
Mountain (north to south, respectively).
Road cuts on the opposite side of the route consist of an amphibole gneiss
host rock intruded by granite migmatite dikes (Figure 31). Whether these
intrusions are associated with the emplacement of the Storm King Granite
or with those of the younger Cortlandt Igneous Complex (Devonian) to the
south is unclear. The Cortlandt Igneous Complex consists of a series of
granite and diorite intrusions of Late Devonian age found in an area of
approximately thirty square miles in the vicinity of Peekskill (northwestern
Westchester County, New York).
|Figure 31. A granitic intrusion into darker Late Proterozoic amphibolite
gneiss at Anthony's Nose Overlook.