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Bald Mountain – John E Hand Park – Teatown Kitchawan Trail

Posted by on July 18, 2011

Description: Bald Mountain is a short half hour hike to the top, which in itself isn’t really worth doing unless you’re just taking your dog for a walk or want to break in your new bikeThe view isn’t much in the summer as everything is grown over, even in the winter its far from breathtaking. You’ll want to combine this with either a walk around Teatown or extend your walk the other direction along the Teatown-Kitchawan trail towards Kitchawan preserve. There are also some unmarked trails, or some poorly marked yellow trails which are also frequented, mostly by bikers, which might be worth adventuring a little.

The Teatown-Kitchawan Trail (purple blazes) is very well marked, from the entrance you’ll follow those purple blazes until you get to the green trail on your right(not so well marked) which will bring you to the summit of Bald Mountain. Once you get to the summit you’ll turn back around and head down to where you joined the Purple Trail. If you have a bit more energy, I’d suggest instead of taking a left and heading back to parking, you take a right and follow the trail until you get to the Taconic state parkway before turning around.

You’ll have a nice walk through a field and an enjoyable walk along the Croton Reservoir if you decided to take the right. You could follow the purple trail all the way to Kitchawan Preserve (which I prefer to combine with the North County Trailway).

Trail Map: You’ll want to make use of this Teatown-Kitchawan Map , or you have a map posted at the entrance courtesy of the NYNJ Trail Conference.

Directions: You’ll want to take the Taconic to Rt 134 w heading towards ossining. Then not far off the exit you’ll make a right onto Spring Valley d, then a turn onto Blinn Rd, and follow that until you get to the park entrance. Or you could take 134 eastbound from 9A and just make the left onto Spring Valley instead.

Get directions from Google Maps

Parking: There’s enough spots for about 4 cars in the parking area. If its full then your best bet is to plan on parking in one of the larger lots that are accommodated by Teatown and either coming back up or switching up your plans as there really isn’t anywhere else to park without annoying some local residents.


John E Hand Entrance

Here’s what you’ll want to look for on Blinn Rd


John E Hand Beginning

You start out a bit in the thick but it opens up very quickly

John E Hand Trail

Besides a bit uphill at the entrance its very easygoing

John E Hand Summit

The summit would be nicer if you were at a bit higher

John E Hand Field

If you continue towards Kitchawan, you’ll wander through this cricket filled field


John E Hand Butterfly

And see some butterfly’s


John E Hand Croton Resevoir

You’ll eventually get to Croton Dam Road, a right Turn takes you towards the Taconic;  taking a left brings you towards Croton Gorge where you will see some reservoir views along the way.


John E Hand Taconic

The Taconic State Parkway recently painted these bridges red


John E Hand Deer

The Teatown-Kitchawan Trail goes through DEP lands, so Deer hunting is legal with a permit along parts of these paths, this deer was hanging out right down from the park entrance.

2 Responses to Bald Mountain – John E Hand Park – Teatown Kitchawan Trail

  1. L Copel

    Thank you for the information on the Bald Mountain hike in John Hand park. It’s good to know the connection between Teatown and Kitchawan is finally complete! Last time I hiked at John Hand park, a year ago, there were no purple blazes but the map was up implying they were painted. A friend told me it was done.

  2. Dory

    Nice post, we took the walk up Bald Mountain yesterday, and even with no leaves there’s very little visibility at the peak. One thing that seems to have changed since your post is that they’ve marked the Summit Trail very nicely in yellow. You can still see some remnants of the green trail, but there are no questions on how to get to the top!

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