‘Nuclear Lake’ in Pawling, New York Hides its Secrets in Plain Sight
Pawling, New York is a quiet town in Dutchess County. It's just 72 miles from Manhattan and it's in the woods making it the perfect hiding spot for secret experiments starting in the 1950's. Nuclear Lake has a historic and explosive past.
HikeTheHudsonValley gives a primer on Nuclear Lake, so named due to a 1972 accident that
blew out two windows in the experimental nuclear research lab that used to sit on the shore of the lake, blasting an unspecified amount of bomb-grade plutonium across the lake and surrounding woods.
Oops. Despite the ominous name and history, the area remains popular with those hiking the Appalachian Trail.