Site #13 Eagle Cliff near Artist’s Rock
Thomas Worthington Whittredge and Sanford Robinson Gifford probably painted the Shawangunks more memorably than any of their contemporaries, especially the view from Eagle Cliff. Today it is reached by walking the Eagle Cliff Road a short distance from the Mohonk Mountain House. Whittredge was more typically than Gifford an interpreter of woodland interiors. In his view from Eagle Cliff he included at left a gloomy grove of tall pines and sheltering boulders where three woodsmen, probably hunters, settle down for the night around their campfire. These features and, at extreme right, the tips of the indelible Trapps, the artist spanned with violet clouds and a yellow bar of twilight sky crossing the picture near the horizon. Amid the haze of the remote valley, the Hudson River, like a slender, lazy bolt of lightning, is barely descried, although it is not actually visible from this location. This work and an ambitious painting of the Trapps by Gifford were exhibited to high acclaim in New York City in consecutive years near the end of the Civil War.
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Map & Directions
Driving Directions: We recommend Google Map . Site coordinates: 41.76814 Lat., -74.15532 Long.
Location Notes: Mohonk Mountain House is a convenient 90 mile trip from New York City. The hotel and resort is located six miles west of the NY State Thruway near New Paltz, New York and is easily accessible by auto, train, bus, or air. After leaving the NYS Thruway at Exit 18, turn left at the traffic light onto Route 299/Main Street. Follow Main Street through New Paltz. Immediately after crossing the bridge over the Wallkill River, turn right (follow "MOHONK" sign). After 1/4 mile bear left at the fork and follow Mountain Rest Road and Mohonk signs to the Gatehouse. (NOTE: The Mohonk Gatehouse is located about six miles west of the Thruway Exit.) Stop at the Gatehouse or the Guest Services Desk and ask for a Mohonk Hiker's Map. The view is located on the western loop of Eagle Cliff Road at Huntington's Lookout.
Photography / Painting Credits
Thomas Worthington Whittredge. Twilight in the Shawangunks. Oil on canvas, 1865, 45 x 68 in. The Manoogian Collection.
Pril Smiley. Eagle Cliff near Artist Rock. Photograph, 7 May 2013, 2592 x 1944 px. Thomas Cole National Historic Site.