by Peter Henry
Have you ever seen a hawk flying through Nyack, towards the huge mountain that’s always looming in the north, and wondered, What does it see, hundreds of feet in the air? I have. And the answer is available, atop Hook Mountain. There, you can see Hudson Valley neighborhoods and landmarks, such as Nyack’s old high school, Rockland lake, and the Tappan Zee Bridge; each become miniscule, model versions of the actual structures. The view from the top of the Hook puts Nyack in a new perspective. But the Hook itself, with its winding hiking trail that extends from Rockland Lake in Valley Cottage, to Nyack Beach State Park, all the way to Haverstraw, and its ample animal and plant life, is itself a monument to behold.