Laurel Ledges

From the Cornwall Hill Rd entrance

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Location: Patterson
Distance: 1.5 miles
Skill Level: moderate
Elevation Gain: 300′
Type of Hike: out-and-back
Trail Condition: trail, rocky
Wow Factor: nice views

How to get there: From 84, take 311 east.  Veer right on 164.  Make a left on Cornwall Hill Rd (there is a large sign for Laurel Ledges).  Pass the pond on the right.  There is a small parking area on the side of the road across from Devon Rd.  Room for about 4 cars and the road is surprisingly busy.

Summary:

From the parking area, head down the path by the kiosk.  Follow the yellow trail up the hill.  This first section beneath the ledges is very pretty and would be a lot of fun to explore with bigger kids.

You’ll walk on several low boardwalks (this gets flooded easily and they aren’t raised).  There is one raised L-shaped boardwalk that takes you to the edge of the marsh with views of Turtle Pond.

Head along the pond, over some rocky areas.  As you turn away from the water, you’ll pass an orange trail on the right with a little bridge/boardwalk.

Start your assent up the hill.  There are switchbacks to get you up above the ledges.  One area that has stone steps.

After you make it to the top of that giant rock facing, there is a little jutting out section with a little view.

At about half a mile from the start, there is an orange trail to the right.  There’s a flat area that you could take a break, as long as you’re watchful of little walkers and the edge.

Head back down to the yellow trail and take it right to keep going up the hill.  Yellow dead ends at red.  This is where we ended.  If you keep going you can follow the directions for the Sterling Farm Preserve.

Turn around and follow yellow back to the parking lot.

Facilities: none
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