White Bridge Road

30 Oct

The map of Columbia County is littered with little roads that are public, and yet, ostensibly private, like Spangler Road.  And they’re perfect for walking.

We found another one last weekend, White Bridge Road, about three-quarters of a mile down Route 13 from the ridiculously picturesque hamlet of Old Chatham.

To get there you pass a spooky old graveyard and a mysterious little building set into the hill, filled with water that I think was maybe at one time a spring house (does anyone know?).

And then you turn right at the big ochre sugar maple and you’re lost in a world

of quiet horses, silently staring chipmunks

and a dirt road so infrequently used that fallen leaves have time to make lasting impressions.

White Bridge comes to an end when it intersects with Albany Turnpike, the old coach road.  Turn right again, and as you walk along the Turnpike, if you look closely you can spot an old mile marker in someone’s front yard.  When I pointed it out to Isaac he initially thought it was a bathtub Mary, then he saw “17 Miles to Albany” carved into marble with an elegant script.

Aside from the beautiful foliage and lovely horses, this walk has another advantage: It ends back in the center of town.  So, depending on your proclivities, you can either go to the left and cap off the brisk little walk with a little nip of something brisk at Jackson’s Old Chatham House, or, you can veer right and end your leisurely stroll with a leisurely cup of tea and a cookie at the Old Chatham General Store.

Happy trails!

3 Responses to “White Bridge Road”

  1. Nath October 30, 2009 at 8:07 am #

    Thank you once again for such a wonderful post. I’m always looking forward to reading you. The photo you took of the leaf on the ground is enchanting. Have a great weekend

  2. Toni November 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    You’ve inspired me yet again, Ann. I’m now including some photos of places I walk by. Of course, downtown San Diego cannot compete with this spectacular walk of yours, but it’s a start…

  3. ann November 5, 2009 at 7:46 am #

    Nath — You’re welcome! Glad you like them.

    Toni — Yay for inspiration! The pictures are beautiful, especially the reflections. I love them!

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