Mianus River Gorge

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Location: Bedford
Distance: 4.25 miles
Skill Level: moderate
Elevation Gain: 350′
Type of Hike: out-and-back
Trail Condition: trail, rocky
Wow Factor: 40′ waterfall, quarry
Note: closed Dec-Mar
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How to get there: From 22 near the Bedford triangle, turn east on 172.  Turn right on Long Ridge/Stamford Rd.  You’ll see a don’t enter sign, then turn right on Millers Mill Rd.  Go over the little bridge, then left on Mianus River Rd.  Parking area on left.

Address: 167 Mianus River Road, Bedford, NY  10506

 

Summary: Head toward the large kiosk.  They usually have maps (its nice to put them back when you’re done).  Head left on the red trail for a pretty walk along the stream.  The ferns and moss grow abundantly.  Keep following red away from the stream and up hill.

At just about 1 mile, you will see the Holly Hill Quarry trail on the left.  It’s a short walk downhill to a really sparkly quarry.  There is a downed tree where people have put the prettiest rocks for display.  Word of warning…the mica is very thin and very sharp.  This is not a great place to let your little ones play as they will get paper cut like boo-boos…

Head back up the hill and turn left on red.  Head downhill.  In another half mile, you’ll see a small sign for the overlook.  It’s a short walk with a small view but a nice place to take a break and have a snack.

Keep going left on red until you see the sign for the waterfall.  It is a steep descent and there isn’t a great area to let babies down.  Climb back up to the main trail.

If you go left, you’ll come to the end of the trail and the reservoir itself.

I like to take (red to) blue back to the parking area as it cuts off the first 1/4 mile and gives you a little different views.

 

Facilities:restrooms
Hunting: no
Dogs: no

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