Description: Cranberry Lake Preserve is a great place to enjoy a relaxing hike. With the recent rain, the park has a few muddy and partially flooded areas, but nothing you can’t work around. They have a Nature Lodge which is open Wednesday-Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Because the map has so many different trail colors, navigating can be slightly confusing. There are 4 main loops around the park, Purple, Red, Blue and Yellow. You will want to make your way around most of the park as there are a few things you won’t want to miss. There is a Bent Bridge which takes you across some wetland and the Cascade is a pleasant small waterfall. There is also an abandoned Tennis court. The most worth while thing to see is the quarry. The Purple History Loop takes you below and atop the quarry which offers a worthwhile view.
If you have some free time after the hike, you should check out the Kensico Dam which is only a few minutes away by car. Most of stone used to make the Dam in the early 1900’s was mined at the quarry you can visit at Cranberry Lake Preserve.
Trail Map: You can download and print the trail map here. There is also a history trail map that you can print out and take a long if you are interested in learning more about the park and it’s history.
Directions: You can get specific Google Map directions here.
Parking: There are two parking areas. The first parking area in is a small lot, allowing for 5 or so cars, and is located in front of the main gate. You can park here if you arrive earlier than 10am or on Mondays and Tuesdays when the main gate is closed. The second parking lot is larger, just a bit further up past the main gate.
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