Perched above the Schoharie Valley is one of the most-visited hiking destinations in Schoharie County. Vroman’s Nose is a prominent feature located near the Schoharie Creek in Fulton, New York.
The mount is named due to its appearance as a nose sticking up from the landscape at just over 1,200 feet.
The 1.6-mile trail begins with a steady, but not too steep, climb to a junction where hikers have the option to proceed up the steeper, shorter trail to the left or the longer green-blazed trail with easier grades to the right.
The longer trail takes hikers up the west side and back around to head back east at the top. The grades here are a steady climb. Along the way, hikers will cross over old stone boundaries left over from the era of the Revolutionary War.
As you near the top, the views of the Schoharie Valley will begin to appear through the trees on the right. Once you make the final climb, a broad vista facing southeast becomes the focal point.
Here, the trail will follow the edge of Vroman’s Nose where it remains almost perfectly flat due to the erosive force of glaciers. One such area is known as “The Dance Floor”; a large, flat area where many hikers take a rest.
Continuing along, hikers will find outcrops and lookouts all along before the trail descends steeply downward. The final outcrop is a rock formation that juts out over the ledge.
This part of the trail is very rocky and steep, and it requires hikers to be sure-footed on the way down. After a short distance, this trail rejoins the long trail for a more level and smooth approach back to the trailhead.
Vroman’s Nose was named in the early 18th century when the land, and the uniquely-shaped mount, was given to the Vroman family by the British government.