Mianus River Gorge celebrated the opening of the new Cliff Trail with donors, trustees, and the Jolly Rovers Trail Crew on Saturday, June 1, which was also National Trails Day. Many months in the making, the trail is nearing completion and can be safely navigated while the finishing touches are being applied.
The trail was built to go deeper into the Gorge and designed to appear as though it’s always been there, fitting seamlessly into the landscape. The trail has been constructed entirely by hand by three professional trail-building organizations who are taking great care not to disturb the fragile slopes in the process.
Mianus River Gorge raised funds from local hiking groups and received a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation / Land Trust Alliance to help build the new trail. Known as the Cliff Trail (Red Trail), the new trail takes hikers far below the Rim Trail (Blue Trail) and High Tor, the iconic rock promontory overlooking the Mianus River far below.
Mianus River Gorge has always been a special place to hike. Now it’s even better! New trail maps will be available at the Map Shelter and on our web site (under the Visit the Preserve tab).