The Two RV Gypsies: Full-Time RVers
hiked and explored
the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves
535 Stone Bridge Road
Pottersville, NY 12860
phone: '-518.393.2283 - closes at 4 p.m.
September 3, 2014

map of USA showing location of the state of New YorkNY map showing location of Pottersville

At the edge of the parking lot to the Natural Stone Bridge, Karen Duquette paused to photograph some of nature's wonders.

beauty at its best
beauty at its best
small waterfall
small waterfall

Suddenly Lee Duquette was greeted by a friendly Norwegian Elkhound. Then a jealous dog approached and sat there barking. (The two RV Gypsies had two Norwegian Elkhounds when they lived in Connecticut)

Lee Duquette was greeted by a friendly Norwegian Elkhound
a jealous, barking  dog

Below: The History of an underground river and ancient riverbed: As the ancient river down-cut, it encountered the marble that was possibly exposed through an unusual east-west trending fault. Eventually, the marble pirated away the water and a new river bed and cave system was created.

Natural Sone Bridge and caves sign
sign about the underground river
Lee Duquette at the gift shop entrance
an old miner
Lee Duquette and a big amethyst Geode
Amethyst geode sign
tree carving
gnome and budhist
Petrified wood
Karen Duquette and a caveman

Below: Trout Brook - Once a mighty river, most of the year it is a shallow brook with many boulders popping up. This allows the river to warm up considerably in the summer time. Trout Brook is home to many creatures including: rainbow and brown trout, suckers, snapping turtles and yes, leaches.

Trout Brook
Trout Brook
Trout Brook
Lee Duquette at Sone Bridge Pottersville

history bookLogging in the Adirondacks was one of the main industries from the 1800s until the present. It reached its peak in 1905 when 700 million feet of board were cut for use in construction. Rivers were used for transporting timber. About 200,000 logs were railed along the Hudson River in 1904. To prevent logs from jamming into the caves, the loggers constructed wood dams to divert the water and logs. But spring floods overwhelmed the dams and there are still a number of ancient logs preserved under the stone bridge. The sawmill was built by Jacob Van Benthuysen He received this property for service in the Revolutionary War and it has been in the family for over 200 years.

Lee Duquette at the Sawmill site
high water sign November 1996
Hudson River at Stone Bridge
Hudson River at Stone Bridge
Hudson River at Stone Bridge
Hudson River at Stone Bridge

Below: The trail and stairs leading to the Meditation Isle.

The trail leading to the Meditation Isle.
stairs leading to the Meditation Isle
Lee Duquette on the rocky trail
a small bridge

Below: The two RV Gypsies entered Meditation Isle and got their first look at the Natural Stone Bridge. Cavers mapping these caves (2003-2008) have determined that the Stone Bridge is the largest cave entrance in the East. It is 180-feet wide and 62-feet high. It contains an underground lake right below the gift shop. These caves were formed during the retreat of the Wisconsin glacier about 10 -13 thousand years ago.

the Natural Stone Bridge
the Natural Stone Bridge

Below: Karen Duquette looked away from the Natural Stone Bridge and aimed her camera upwards at a small wooden bridge crossing over the creek.

Karen Duquette
another bridge

Below: Lee Duquette was a bit further ahead on the trail and photographed Karen Duquette who was still down below. Nobody else was in the area at this time.

Lee Duquette
Karen Duquette
Lee Duquette going up the steps
Trout Brook again

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