As we searched for the perfect spot for a cache we learned about the “Octopus Tree” and came to realize how much impact this one tree had on the life of many. We watched as people carried out pieces of its limbs and heard stories of its magnificence, and dismay in its collapse. The Octopus Tree was loved amongst the local kids and grown ups alike, for a short period it served as an impromptu playground, and will forever be in the memory of many.
The tree went down during the last nor’easter but it is a reminder of how wonderful and unique Mother Nature's creations are and how magical the outdoors can be. Take your time to enjoy the trails and all the wonders Mother Nature has to offer. The cache is hidden by the roots of the fallen, please do not push the ammo can too deeply as the cache is meant to be kid friendly.
This cache has been placed as part of the New York State Taconic Region Geocache Challenge. There are 76 caches hidden within 16 state parks and historic sites in the Taconic Region, geocachers finding 45 or more will be eligible to receive a 2018 Mills Norrie State Park commemorative and trackable geocoin. If you are interested in taking the challenge, you can pick up a geocaching passport at any of the participating parks and sites or download it at: https://www.parks.ny.gov/regions/attachments/TaconicRegion2018GeocacheChallenge.pdf
FDRoosevelt SP charges a $8 vehicle entrance fee. This fee is collected 5/19-6/22, 9/4-10/8 weekends and holidays, and 6/23-9/3 daily. If you want to use the pool, the fee is $3 per person.