Each month we will feature a fun Hike of the Month
The Leatherman Loop Trail at Ward Pound Ridge
Share the Legend of the Leatherman and take a hike to one of his caves
One of the most interesting pieces of Westchester and Connecticut folklore is the living legend of the Leatherman.
The Leatherman is a 19th Century vagabond whose strange life has led to many local legends in Connecticut and New York. While countless people saw him, little is known about this man the New York Times once called “uncouth, repulsive and wholly inexplicable,” but who was liked and respected by many people along his long, circular route.
From the 1860s until 1889, the Leatherman walked a 365-mile route every 34 days through western Connecticut and southeastern New York.
The Leatherman Cave Hike at Ward Pound Ridge Route 35 and 121 South, Cross River, NY 10576 provides a fun hike for Scouts.