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Piermont Marsh

View of Piermont Marsh and Pier
You can see views of the marsh and Piermont
Pier from Tallman Mountain State Park

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Piermont Marsh encompasses 1,017 acres and lies at the southern edge of the village of Piermont, four miles south of Nyack in Rockland County. The Piermont Marsh is on the western shore of the Tappan Zee. The site occupies two miles of shoreline south of the mile-long Piermont Pier and includes the mouth of Sparkill Creek and extensive tidal shallows. Piermont Marsh habitats include brackish tidal marsh, shallows and intertidal flats. The Sparkill Creek drains 11.1 square miles of watershed. Nearby, Tallman Mountain State Park (leaves DEC website) offers many recreational opportunities.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

The Tallman Mountain path skirts the edge of the rocky slope and the high marsh, then continues out to the end of the pier for views of the Hudson River and Palisades Ridge.

Biking

biking

General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Bikes are allowed on the Tallman Mountain path which skirts the edge of the rocky slope and the high marsh, then continues out to the end of the pier for views of the Hudson River and Palisades Ridge.

Fishing

fishing

General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Fish or crab off Piermont Pier with a valid state license.

Picnicking

picnicking

Adjacent Tallman Mountain State Park (leaves DEC website) has public picnic areas and scenic views of Piermont Marsh.

Watchable Wildlife

watchable wildlife

General information on watchable wildlife includes tips for viewing wildlife and links to other watchable wildlife locations.

Birdwatch from scenic overlooks in Tallman Mountain State Park (leaves DEC website) or from Piermont Pier.

Directions

Students taking samples at Piermont
Students on a field trip examine a core sample taken
from Piermont Marsh (Photo by Margie Turrin)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

  • Piermont Pier Parking Area in the northern part of the property (41.040625°N, 73.911778°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website).
    • From the Tappan Zee bridge: Take Exit 10 to Route 9W south. After 2.5 miles, turn left onto Broadway to a quick left onto Ash Street, then follow this road around to the left. At the stop sign, take a sharp right to stay on Ash Street, then the first left to stay on Ash Street. Turn right onto Piermont Ave. then left onto Paradise Ave. after 0.2 mile. Follow the signs for the pier as Paradise Ave. becomes Ferry Road and veers to the right, and park across from the ball field.
    • From the north: Take I-87 south to Palisades Interstate Parkway. Take Exit 6E off the Palisades onto Orangeburg Road. Make a right onto Route 303 south then the first left onto Route 340/Orangeburg Road. After about 1.5 miles, turn left on Ferdon Ave., then a right on Paradise Ave. Follow the signs for the pier as Paradise Ave. becomes Ferry Road and veers to the right, and park across from the ball field.
  • Tallman Mountain State Park Entrance for picnic areas and scenic overlook (41.027018°N, 73.919086°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website).
    • From the south: Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 4 and proceed north on Route 9W for about 2.5 miles. The entrance to the park will be on the right.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Piermont Marsh must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Life in the marsh is fragile. Visitors are encouraged to use this area with minimal disturbance to life in the marsh and associated natural areas. Please carry out what you carry in. The following activities are not permitted:

  • Hunting
  • Camping
  • Removal of plants
  • Collecting historic or prehistoric artifacts

How We Manage Piermont Marsh

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the 2019 Hudson River Research Reserve Management Plan (PDF, 5.8 MB). In addition to management objectives, this plan contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this plan, please send an email to the Research Reserve Manager at heather.gierloff@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Orangeburg, Nyack, Piermont and Tappan in New York and Northvale in New Jersey.

Gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Orangeburg, Nyack, and Northvale.

Lodging can be found in the nearby communities of Orangeburg and Nyack.

Rockland County Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.