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Take a Hike – or Six!

Cobey Pond Trail makes a three-mile loop around the large, vibrant Cobey Pond.
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The Upper Delaware River Valley “Take a Hike!” brochure features brief descriptions of six trails fit for a range of interests and abilities. It also includes clear directions for finding the trails, and safety tips for hiking.

The hikes

The northern-most of the six is the Bouchoux Trail, accessed from Bouchoux Road in Lordsville, NY. This is a two-mile-long out-and-back hike that leads to an amazing panoramic view of the river valley from Jensen’s Ledges. Impressive bluestone piles are evidence that quarrying was a significant industry at one time in the area. The hike is categorized by the NPS as “difficult” due to its steep inclines and uneven footing. It takes an unhurried hiker about 90 minutes to complete the trail, not including the time you’ll want to dedicate to a picnic lunch and lots of photographs.

Further south following the river, the Damascus Forest Trail in Beach Lake, PA is an “easy” two-mile loop that wanders through a varied landscape, including wetlands, rolling hills and a large stand of old growth hemlocks that imbue visitors with a nostalgic sense of the majestic virgin forests that once towered over this area. This hike takes just 45 minutes to complete from the parking lot on MacCubbins Road.

The Cobey Pond Trail in PA Game Lands 316, Masthope, PA is labeled to be of “medium” difficulty, mainly for its length of three miles. A leisurely stroll on this loop around the large, vibrant pond on a leaf-padded trail offers quiet hikers many opportunities to observe waterfowl and wildlife in their pristine natural habitat. Plan that it will take about an hour or longer to meander. You may want to pack insect repellent for this excursion.

The Tusten Mountain Trail
between Narrowsburg, NY and Barryville, NY is a very popular hike in our region, maintained in a partnership between the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the NPS. This “moderately difficult” three-mile trail leads hikers on a loop through historic remains of the settlements of Reeves Mill (1757 to 1763) and Tusten (1770s to early 1900s) along the Ten Mile River. A climb to the summit provides a glorious view of the Upper Delaware River valley. This trek will elevate your heart rate and inspire you to linger and explore along the way, so plan one to three hours, and savor the experience.