Nuclear Lake

Stormville, New York

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This hike uses the infrequently traveled Beekman Uplands Trail in conjunction with the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) to create a loop hike that provides a nice alternative to the standard loop that most people make around Nuclear Lake. Nuclear Lake is so named because the area around the lake was purchased in 1955 by an outfit called Nuclear Development Associates and used as a nuclear research facility. The Federal Atomic Energy Commission sponsored work there until 1972, when there was a bit of an accident. An explosion in one of the laboratories shattered some windows, which spread an undetermined amount of plutonium around the area. Cleanup efforts costing millions of dollars ensued, and the place was declared safe in 1975.
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail Mid-Atlantic

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail Mid-Atlantic

by Matt Willen (Menasha Ridge Press)

This hike uses the infrequently traveled Beekman Uplands Trail in conjunction with the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) to create a loop hike that provides a nice alternative to the standard loop that most people make around Nuclear Lake.

Nuclear Lake is so named because the area around the lake was purchased in 1955 by an outfit called Nuclear Development Associates and used as a nuclear research facility. The Federal Atomic Energy Commission sponsored work there until 1972, when there was a bit of an accident. An explosion in one of the laboratories shattered some windows, which spread an undetermined amount of plutonium around the area. Cleanup efforts costing millions of dollars ensued, and the place was declared safe in 1975.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stormville
Distance: 4.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 755 feet
Top Elevation: 910 feet
Local Contacts: New York–New Jersey Trail Conference, 201-512-9348, nynjtc.org
Local Maps: Appalachian Trail Conservancy New York–New Jersey, Maps 1 & 2: Connecticut State Line to New York 17A; USGS Poughquag
Driving Directions: Directions to Nuclear Lake

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