Description: Mianus River Gorge is a peaceful moderate hike in Bedford, NY close to the Connecticut border. Some of the highlights of the hike include the Havemeyer Falls and the Hobby Hill Quarry. There are over 4 miles of well marked and maintained trails. If you do the majority of the trails, the hike should take around 2 hours.
The parking lot is large with information, trail maps and bathrooms (they were locked when we arrived.) We started off on the red trail which runs next to the Mianus River. Because the preserve is off main roads, it is rather peaceful. There are 18 numbered signs along the trail that show off points of interest, detailed in the trail map.
We took the green trail to see the Hobby Hill Quarry which sparkles with Mica and other stones. People have made their own stone structures along the way. The quarry marks the end of the green trail, so we went back to the red trail. As you continue on the red trail you go a bit further from the river and deeper into the woods. Be sure to stop at the Havemeyer Falls along the way. The end of the red trail has a nice view of the reservoir and is the end of the preserve so you will need to head back. We took the blue trail back which at times intersects the red trail.
Bug Level: We started the hike around 10am and did not experience a lot of bugs swarming around our faces.
Directions: You will reach a spacious parking lot after traveling on some small unpaved roads with mostly private residences. You can use this Google Map or visit the preserve’s directions page. It is realively easy to get here, just be sure to drive carefully on the unpaved approaching the reserve.
Trail Map: You can download a detailed trail map here or pick up one when you arrive at the preserve. They seem to keep a steady supply available.
Pictures coming soon!