Piermont Pier and Marsh

Piermont Marsh and and Pier from Tallman Mountain State Park (Photo by Alan Wells). 

Directions

Located just north of Tallman Mountain State Park and south of the Tappan Zee Bridge (from which Piermont Pier can be seen).

Take the Thruway (south & east) to NYACK exit (last exit before the bridge). LEFT at traffic light on Route 59 East.  Under Thruway to traffic light, RIGHT onto 9W South.

From intersection of Route 59/9W Nyack, South 9W.  Several miles south (ca. 4 mi).  Green road sign "PIERMONT" 1/2 mile beyond, LEFT off the highway 1 block to Stop sign.  Left down hill.  Next stop sign, super sharp RIGHT down the rest of the hill.  Stop sign.

RIGHT on Piermont Avenue (main street), through town, across railroad track, around bend to blinking light, church on the corner.  LEFT down road along the creek, follow signs to Pier.  Park at the baseball field. There is also limited parking at the end of the Pier in the NYSDEC parking slots (10 slots + 2 handicapped slots). Do not park your car along the pier, except in the NYSDEC slots, without a permit;  it is patrolled frequently and the fines are heavy ($100 for first offense; $500 for second offense). One-day, non-resident Permits may be obtained for $10 from the Village of Piermont Clerk's Office, located at 478 Piermont Ave. (845) 359-1258. You will need to show your Vehicle Registration.

Access to the marsh is via a trail at the base of the mountains (Tallman Mountain SP) overlooking the marsh. One can park at Bridge St. and walk the trail along the marsh edge for approximately 0.5 mi. Canoe/kayak to the marsh and Sparkill Creek is available through a private concession. There is also public access but parking in the vicinity is very limited.

 

 


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Description

The site occupies two miles of shoreline south of the mile-long Erie Pier, and includes the mouth of Sparkill Creek and extensive tidal shallows. The Sparkill Creek drains 11.1 square miles of watershed. Sparkill Gap, the valley of Sparkill Creek, just west of the north end of the Piermont Marsh, is the only sea level break in the Palisades Ridge.  The one mile long pier was built in 1841 as the eastern terminus of the Erie Railroad. 

In 1982 NOAA's Office of Coastal Zone Management formally designated Piermont Marsh as part of a Federal Hudson River Estuarine Sanctuary to be administered by NYSDEC in cooperation with PIPC. The pier is owned by the village. Information about the town of Piermont and the Marsh can be found at The Piermont-NY Home Page. 

 
Harbor Seal at Piermont Pier, Apr 8, 2007. Click to expand. (Photo by Alan Wells). 

 

 

 

 

 

Flora

Large stands of common reed.  See NY-NJ-CT Botany Online for a detailed listing of flora.

 

Birds

A 30-minute video on the Birds of Piermont is available from Rockland Audubon Society for $15.

Historical Lists of Piermont Pier and Vicinity Birds:

    First Sunday Walks, 2003-2004

    First Sunday Walks, 2005-2006

    Region 9 Christmas Bird Counts

    1994-2002 Sightings

 

Based on the "First Sunday" walks at Piermont Pier, here are some of the species most likely to be seen at the "Pier":

Spring

Mute Swan, Mallard, Black Duck, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, American Crow, European Starling, Song Sparrow.

Summer

Double-crested Cormorant, Mallard, Ruddy Duck, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, American Goldfinch, Song Sparrow.

Fall

Double-crested Cormorant, Mallard, Least Sandpiper, Greater Black-backed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Gray Catbird, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow.

Winter

Double-crested Cormorant, Mallard, Black Duck, Canvasback, Ruddy Duck, Killdeer, Greater Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, American Crow, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow.

Less common occurrences include:

Red-throated Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, American Bittern, Brant, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Semipalmated Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Greater Yellowlegs, Semipalmated sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Willow Flycatcher, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Fish Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Marsh Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, House Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Savannah Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow.

Vagrants

Piermont Pier is also a magnet for migrants, escapees, and other unusual species. Over the years, unusual occurrences include: Red Bishop, European Goldfinch, Monk Parakeet, Snowy Owl, Common Moorhen, King Rail, Sandwich Tern, Royal Tern, Roseate Tern, Black Skimmer, American Avocet, White-fronted Goose, Franklinís Gull, Loggerhead Shrike, Bobolink, Grasshopper Sparrow, Nelsonís Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Lark Sparrow and most recently, Ivory Gull.

 

Always watch for rarities such as this American Avocet at Piermont Pier.  (Photo by Alan Wells).