Platte Clove Community • Elka Park, NY

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Platte Clove
2255 Platte Clove Rd.
Elka Park, NY 12427
United States
Tel: 518-589-5103

Established: 1990

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About Us:
Ours is a large settlement, with a mix of families and singles, located in the picturesque Catskill Mountain range. Established in the 1920s by the New York City Police Department as a summer resort for department members and their families, the property became a much-loved vacation destination for decades. It was named “The Police Recreation Center” and was known informally as “The Police Camp.” Today, Platte Clove frequently hosts members from other Bruderhof settlements who come to camp and enjoy nature.

We are located about 125 miles north of New York City, accessible from Interstate 87 and not far from Hunter Mountain – a popular skiing area. Situated at the head of Platte Clove gorge at an elevation of two thousand feet, we look at the dramatic slopes of the Catskill Mountains down into the Hudson Valley, made famous by the Hudson River School painters. Our property includes a large, hotel-style main building, an A-frame community hall, apartment buildings, a school, a daycare, and a plastics-producing workshop for Rifton Equipment.

Connecting with Neighbors:
We are happy when our neighbors join us for dinner on most Saturday evenings, and we also host seasonal events open to the general public. Though ours is not a densely-populated region, we have many opportunities to participate in our wider community. Several of our Bruderhof members serve at a local food pantry, and one member drives a weekly Meals on Wheels route through outlying areas for Greene County Social Services. We also support the annual Adaptive Sports Foundation event for Wounded Warriors at the Windham Mountain ski resort. Our local area, referred to as “The Mountaintop,” is known for its creative arts, such as ceramic, music, and painting, and Platte Clove has hosted various artists and exhibitions, as well as taken part in local classes and workshops.

Point of Interest:
Much of New York State was settled by the Dutch, who were superstitious about the high mountains above the Hudson River. Their belief that the devil lived in these mountains gave rise to interesting names of local sites: the Devil’s Kitchen (a steep, tight gorge that often creates a head of mist); the Devil’s Footpath (the five-mountain hiking trail favored by serious hikers in the northeast); and the Devil’s Tombstone (a large rock at the head of the footpath) are all nearby.

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

The Bruderhof has an open-door policy. No matter who you are, we are delighted to meet and spend time with you. All Bruderhof communities host both drop-in and overnight guests every week. Some visits are purely social; others are deep explorations of faith and possible membership. Some visits involve ice cream and horse-cart rides; others revolve around spiritual conversations and guidance. Whatever your visit will be, we look forward to getting to know you! 

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