In the nearby town of Middleburgh there’s a unique geological feature towering up from the Schoharie Creek Valley floor. It’s name is as unique as its origin:
The Vroman family settled the area in the early 18th century, and the land was ceded to them by the British government. From a distance, it’s easy to see how the geological feature got its name. Recently we took a hike with our friends Megan and Angela to the very top of Vroman’s nose. Next time you’re visiting Sharon Springs, we highly recommend this journey for yourselves.
This historic postcard illustrates how Vroman’s Nose got its name.
The trails are all clearly marked, and the trail-head can be easily found on maps. Or just ask anyone in Middleburgh for directions.
If three Beekmans stand in a forest, does anyone hear them?
The trail is an easy-to-moderate trail to follow, though there are some steeper sections. Off the trails the foliage is very thick in places.
The few trees surviving at the top of Vroman’s nose are tenacious indeed. The Schoharie Creek Valley below is some of the most fertile agriculture area in the entire state, and was once known as the “Breadbasket of the American Revolution.”
Brent overlooks the valley.
For perspective’s sake, here is that same view after the flooding following Hurricane Irene in 2011. You can see why the region is still struggling to recover. (Photo attribution: Amy Frogley)
Beautiful ferns cover sections of the forest floor.
This leaf certainly gave everything it had for one last show.
Some of the rock formations seem to be held in place by magic.
The very top (or tip) of Vroman’s Nose is one flat rock surface completely covered by over two centuries of engraved “graffiti.”
This 1868 hoodlum had nice handwriting.
H.B. Robins made the trek to Vroman’s Nose from Schenectady NY on Sept 13th, 1919. (Perhaps his time would’ve been better spent learning to carve his numbers correctly, not backwards.)
The scratches on the top of the flat rock tell the story of glaciers scraping large boulders over its surface as they advanced and retreated.
Angela is more daring than we.
Perhaps that’s why someone carved her name in the stone at some point in history.
As the weather rolls in quickly over the valley, Brent grabs one last look before we descend.