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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 Minisink Battleground Park Trails system across from the Roebling Bridge in Barryville is an easy, smooth-surfaced network of pathways that allows hikers to travel back in time and wander the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in the Upper Delaware River Valley. Here a band of 50 American militia were brutally slaughtered, cornered while in pursuit of Iroquois and Tory settlement raiders led by the infamous Joseph Brant, a Mohawk warrior commissioned as a colonel in the British Army. The battle is detailed with a comprehensive park brochure, trail markers and three significant sites: Sentinel Rock, Hospital Rock and Minisink Monument. Allow at least 30 minutes to an hour to walk the wooded trails and engage your imagination; then refresh at covered picnic tables near the lovely woods. This site is operated and maintained by the Sullivan County Division of Public Works.

The southern-most trail of the “Take A Hike!” series is the Mongaup River Trail in the town of Deerpark, NY, off Route 97. This is a two-mile-wide out-and-back trail adjacent to the fast-moving Mongaup River, near where it enters the Delaware. Towering hemlocks shade the steep ravine. Hikers cross paths with an occasional trout fisherman or kayaker. This trail presents many opportunities to enjoy picturesque rushing waters, and to view eagles and an active beaver stand. At the turn-back point of the trail is a small, walled family cemetery dating back to the early 1800s, attesting to hardships that faced rural families at that time. Allow an hour for this easy hike. And don’t miss reading the bulletin board by the trailhead that details the building of Hawks Nest pass, the famous winding stretch of road just a few miles south.

Upper Delaware Hikes patch
Taking a hike… or six… is a great way to relish the crisp temperatures and beautiful foliage that fall brings our region. And if the description of these trail adventures isn’t enticement enough, NPS will award a free embroidered Upper Delaware Hikes patch to anyone who completes the six trails. This is a wonderful way to get young kids out on the trail, providing a challenge and a concrete reward at the end. Since many grownups like patches too, why not make it a family affair, beginning now and continuing your hikes in the spring and summer of next year.

Deliver your checklist in person to the Narrowsburg NPS Information Center, the Zane Grey Museum, or Beach Lake NPS Headquarters. Alternately you can mail your dated and signed checklist to Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, 274 River Road, Beach Lake, PA 18405.