New York is a fine state that holds many claims. New Yorkers love to boast about having the best pizza, the best bagels, the best city, and the list goes on. We go even further, trying to grasp for whatever we can. Last summer I visited the ‘grand canyon of the East’ at Letchworth State Park, and just last weekend I visited New York’s Mount Rushmore. Pratt Rock in Prattsville [Route 23, 1 mi east of Prattsville center, Prattsville] may not be as substantial as Mount Rushmore, but it is certainly a sight of its own and worth a detour. Follow the trail from the parking lot and you will find yourself at a hut in slight disrepair filled with information about Zadock Pratt.
If you’ve never heard of him he’s actually quite interesting to read about. He came from humble beginnings born in nearby Stephentown and worked his way to congressman. He had many wives and a few children, and outlived almost all of them. Just a few steps down the trail you will find his grave. Pratt had a great love for horses and owned over a thousand in his lifetime, there is an equestrian motif about the area.
Keep your eyes peeled along this trail, which is hard because you’ll want to watch your footing, but this is where you will find the best view of the carvings. Above you, next to you, all around are huge white carvings which explore what Zadock Pratt found important enough to immortalize.
They are interesting to view and interpret on your own, but you can find the true meaning back at the hut on the panel that explains the ‘key to the carvings.’ This was a short, jam-packed trail with fascinating sights and history!
On your way home you may notice a gorgeous waterfall on the side of the road. Bonus! There is no good place to park, but if you’re only going to gawk for a moment park on a side road and take the trail to feast your eyes.