Distance: 2 miles
Skill Level: easy, good for little walkers
Elevation Gain: minimal
Type of Hike: out-and-back
Trail Condition: woods road, trail
Wow Factor: okay views of the reservoir
Note: street parking, may be crowded with commuter parking during the week
How to get there: From Route 6 in Brewster, turn down Railroad Ave > Morningthrope Ave. Park parallel with the gazebo in Veterans Park. From 202, turn onto Morningthrope Ave and park parallel with the gazebo. You will see a split rail fence encircling a retention pond. Park on the side of the road.
Address to get you close: 1 Morningthorpe Ave, Brewster, NY 10509
Summary: The beginning of the hike has been very nicely graveled and landscaped with a split rail fence edging it. The trail starts by the Kiosk and follows an old, flat woods road for about a quarter of a mile, that would be stroller accessible. The road continues but is off limited and marked. An actual trail veers left to follow the reservoir. The trail is well maintained but narrow and rockier. Keep an eye out for beaver activity. At one mile, there are several downed trees that make a natural barricade. This is the end.
Hypothetically, if you were to climb through the tree trunks, the trail would get a little less maintained but lead you to the cement end of the reservoir, opposite the spillway. You may be able to bushwack your way to follow the dam but would have to get too close to an active Metro line for comfort.
There isn’t a playground next door at Veterans Park but there is a nice gazebo to run around and picnic in.