Should you find yourself traveling 1-88 and need to stretch your quads, Vroman’s Nose is the place. This quick 1-hour roundtrip trailhead offers the best views of the Schoharie Valley including Windham High Peak and the Blackhead range to the south and a hint at the Adirondacks to the North.
The sun broke through as we summited the yellow trail to the top. At 600 feet above the parking lot, we gazed out over a rich alluvial floodplain dotted with tiny red barns and storage silos. As early as 25,000 years ago, this pastoral countryside was underwater from an ice sheet called the Wisconsin glacier.
Today the scenic plateau offers views that are truly breathtaking but be careful not to tempt fate while walking along the cliff’s edge. Hickory and pine trees might break your fall but not before you bounce off a series of deadly bluffs.
A flat sandstone is defaced with engravings of names dating back to the 1850’s. Round wooden benches that wrap around red cedars make for the perfect place to enjoy leftover pizza slices before descending the steeper blue/green trail.
You’ll have plenty of time for better chow in Middleburgh Village (5 minutes away) should you need more nourishment.