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‘Gram the Delaware

Where and how to capture Insta-worthy pictures

By JANE ANDERSON
Posted 7/28/21

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Upper Delaware region is chock-full of breathtaking scenery, and it’s only natural that you want to capture it for posterity. Smartphones make it easy to follow …

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‘Gram the Delaware

Where and how to capture Insta-worthy pictures

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Upper Delaware region is chock-full of breathtaking scenery, and it’s only natural that you want to capture it for posterity. Smartphones make it easy to follow the mantra of “Take only pictures; leave only footprints.” Here are a handful of special places that’ll make your Instagram sparkle.

Livingston Manor covered bridge

The 103-feet-long span (also named the Van Tran Bridge) was called the Mott Flats Bridge when John Davidson built it in 1860. There’s fishing, parking and picnicking at the site.
Directions: Route 17 west, Exit 96, turn right onto DeBruce Road. Turn right onto Old Route 17; a mile ahead, make a sharp left onto Covered Bridge Road.

Sullivan County Dove Trail


A neat way to explore the Sullivan County Catskills is by following the Dove Trail. Artists handpainted 50 large dove-shaped sculptures, each capturing the essence of its location. Download the Dove Trail map and prepare to wing your way around the county.
Directions: The trail encompasses nearly the entire county. Download the map at www.sullivancatskills.com/interactive-dove-map.

Stone Arch Bridge Historical Park


This three-arched stone masterpiece makes for drool-worthy photos. It dates back to 1880, and there’s a fascinating story behind it that includes bewitchery and murder (a marker at the site explains it all). If you have time after photographing every angle of the stonework, which is bewitching in itself, you can fish, hike two trails, or enjoy the playground or picnic area.
Directions: Located at the intersection of Routes 52 & 52A, Kenoza Lake, Town of Delaware, NY.

Roebling Aqueduct Bridge


The oldest existing wire suspension bridge in the country originally carried water and canal boats across the Delaware River from Minisink Ford, NY to Lackawaxen, PA. You’ll walk where hoggees used to lead mules, while cars buzz by on the canal boats’ former route below. Look for the Plexiglass-covered part on the New York side, displaying the bridge’s inner workings.
Directions: Minisink Road, off Route 97 in Minisink Ford, NY. Park in lots on either side of the bridge. For interesting facts, tune your radio to 1610 AM while you’re there. To stretch your legs, follow the D&H Canal towpath underneath the bridge.

Woodstock Monument at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts


This iconic monument to the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival is set among gorgeous fields. Try shooting from different angles to find your favorite, then take the time to explore the museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
Directions: Intersection of Hurd and West Shore roads, Swan Lake, NY. Park in the small parking lot on West Shore Road, then walk through a small grove of trees to the monument.

Yasgur’s Farm


History was made when dairy farmer Max Yasgur allowed a certain music and arts festival on his property in 1969. Although privately owned, the farm once owned by the legendary Yasgur is visible enough from the road for sightseers to grab a decent shot or two.
Directions: Route 17B in Bethel, NY, just west of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

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