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Atlas Obscura A Statue of Walt Whitman, Striding Across a Rock

Walt Whitman, bard of the great outdoors, knew a picturesque path when he saw one. Today, if you venture to Bear Mountain, in New York’s Hudson Valley, you’ll find a statue of the poet and a bit of verse encouraging hikers trekking along the Appalachian Trail to celebrate the journey through the fresh air.

The statue, made by sculptor Jo Davidson, depicts Whitman ambling along mid-stride, shifting his weight from one foot to the other while his coat flaps in the invisible wind. He clutches a hat in his hand and tilts his chin toward the sky, as though captivated by something in the canopy or clouds.

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