As per an old article written by Lance Oliver called:
"Escape from New York......
Leaving the rat race behind along the Delaware River"
Originally published in American Motorcyclist magazine.
"Along State Route 97, just north of Port Jervis, New York, there’s a spot called Hawks Nest, a stretch of pavement slithering along the cliffs above the Delaware River, that will have you thinking Western Europe rather than southern New York. A rock wall guards the edge, but there are plenty of spots to pull over and marvel at the view. Even if you don’t live in this part of the country, you’ve probably seen this road. It has starred in television commercials for BMW (both cars and motorcycles), Honda, Saab and Cadillac.
But the road attracts more than film crews. It’s also a magnet for motorcyclists. On a summer weekend, bikes account for the majority of the traffic, with many of them headed to the Hawks Nest Cafe, a little restaurant with a deck perched over the river gorge."
“Some Sundays, over a thousand bikes go by here,” says Ron Babcock, owner of the cafe. Maybe one of every five will stop at his restaurant."
Full article here ->> http://www.coffeericeandbeans.com/print/HawksNest.html
Well this great place suffered a fire in October of 2002, and pretty much burned to the ground, leaving a piece of motorcycling history in ashes.
Good recent news for all you Tri-State area bike riders, as per Backroads Magazine (hi Brian & Shira)
"Ron Babcock - owner of the Hawk's Nest Restaurant - is starting the road to rebuilding the restaurant. There will be a public hearing on Jan. 21 at 7:30pm at the Deer Park Town Hall on Route 209, Huguenot, NY (Orange County). He would like as many people as possible to show up for support to try and get his variance to rebuild."