St. Matthew’s Church Woodlands

Also known as The Glebe

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Location: Bedford
Distance: .5 mile, option for more
Skill Level: easy
Elevation Gain: 50′
Type of Hike: loop
Trail Condition: gravel, dirt
Wow Factor: Chapel-in-the-woods

How to get there: From I684, take exit 6.  Follow 35 East.  Make a right on 22 South.  Follow it a few miles.  St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church is on the left.  Park at the far end of the lot near the graveyard.
Address: 382 Cantitoe St, Bedford, NY 10506

Summary:

From the parking lot, head toward the cemetery.  Pick up the wide, gravel road and follow it downhill.

You’ll pass the chapel-in-the-woods on the right.  It’s a pretty cool spot even if you’re not religious.

Head down to the stream.  There is a great area to look for crawdads (crayfish?) by the bridge.

If you want to make your hike longer, cross the bridge and head uphill on the yellow BRLA trail.

Head either direction at the fork and continue on the blue trail.  Ignore all the yellows.

You’ll come to the red trail.  Take it across.  (You can continue on the blue trail to do the entire loop but in Fall ’15 it was impassable and terribly marked).

Follow the blue trail to complete the circle.  Head back downhill on the yellow to the bridge.  Head left to complete the Glebe circle.

Keep following the path around until it comes out on the back of the parking lot.

Facilities:
Hunting:
Dogs:

Map (doesn’t include the other yellow BRLA trails)

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