Difficult Hikes

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Difficult Hikes2018-01-29T11:30:20+00:00

Kay: Green Trail

The Green Trail is the most challenging trail in the Center because it is a rocky woods path along the Black River Gorge over undulating terrain with frequent short steep sections.  It affords the best view of the dramatic gorge with multiple cascades and white water sections.

The northern end of the trail connects with Patriots Path 0.75 miles north of the parking area.

The Trail initially is easy footing until it crosses the Orange Trail at 0.1 mile and begins its descent towards the River. At 0.4 mile the trail reaches the old swimming hole and dam, with ruins of the Stone Cottage across the River. The next section of River descends over a series of cascades and dramatic white water sections, with good views along the Trail. The trail ends at a junction with the Red Trail at 0.75 mile, shortly after passing  another site of stone house foundations and chimney.

Length: 0.75 mi.
Usage: Hiking
Terrain: Steep Park(s): Kay Environmental Center

Tiger Brook: White Trail

The southern trailhead starts off the Red Trail opposite the pond dam.   Although blazes may be difficult to follow initially, the White Trail tracks the stream for the first 0.2 mile, then crosses a plank over a stream, through a large blowdown section, and then ascends the hill in open forest  until the crest at 0.4 mile.  Now on a woods road, it descends to its terminus on the Red Trail at 0.6 mile.

Length: 0.6 mi.
Usage: Hiking
Terrain: Rocky, Steep, Hilly Park(s): Tiger Brook Park / MacGregor Preserve

Tiger Brook: Yellow Trail

The Yellow Trail follows the wide AT&T right of way corridor along the western border of the park. Beginning at the entrance gate/Purple Trail at the Cooper Lane parking lot, the Trail turns right and passes the Red Trail junction on the left at 0.1 mile, after which it curves left and descends to a brook crossing (difficult in high water) at 0.4 mile. Then there’s a steep ascent to the edge of the property followed by a descent to the Blue Trail junction at 0.7 mile. The Blue Trail turns right here, and also is co-blazed straight ahead with the Yellow Trail for the next 300 feet.   After the Blue Trail leaves to the left, the Yellow Trail descends and crosses the Blue Trail again at 0.9 mile, continuing downhill to its terminus with the final junction of the Blue Trail at 1 mile.

Length: 1.0 mi.
Usage: Hiking
Terrain: Rocky, Steep, Hilly Park(s): Tiger Brook Park / MacGregor Preserve