Neversink Unique Area

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SHAWANGUNK REGION TRAIL

Sign for the Neversink Unique Area

 

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The Neversink River Unique Area, also called the Neversink Gorge, is 4,881 acres of beautiful land. It is a great place for hiking and fishing, but camping is not allowed.

There are a number of access points and trails. However, only the Katrina Falls Rd Access and the Cold Spring Road Access points have maintained parking and maintained trails. The other access points are difficult to get to. Also, there currently is no way to hike from the Katrina Falls Rd Access trails to the Cold Spring Rd Access Trails (and vice versa)

For more information on the Neversink Unique Area, check out the NY-NJ Trail Conference Map.

DIRECTIONS: To the Katrina Falls Rd. Parking Area: Located at the end of the Katrina Falls Rd (a dead end road) in the hamlet of Rock Hill (located within the Town of Thompson). From NYS Rt 17 East, get off exit 109 and make a right onto Rock Hill Drive, then make your first right onto Katrina Falls Road (Dutch’s Tavern is on the right hand side). Follow Katrina Falls Rd all the way until the end. The parking area will be on your left. Park and then walk down the gravel road to reach the sign in sheet and trails.

From NYS Rt. 17 West, get off exit 109 and make a right onto Katrina Falls Road. Follow Katrina Falls Rd all the way until the end. The parking area will be on your left. Park and then walk down the gravel road to reach the sign in sheet and trails.

DIRECTIONS: To the Cold Spring Rd. Parking Area: Located on Cold Spring Rd in the Town of Forestburgh. From NYS Rt 17 East or West, get off Exit 105 (for Monticello) which will bring you onto Rt 42. Follow Rt 42 and make a Right at the traffic light at the end of the road. After making the right you will continue into Rt 42. Make a left at the 2nd Traffic light onto St John’s Street. After app. 1/2 mile, St John’s Street turns into Cold Spring Rd. Follow Cold Spring Rd. for app. 7 miles. The parking area will be located on your left hand side.

Neversink Unique Area: Three Falls Loop

8.4 miles  |  VS - Very Strenuous  |  Neversink Unique Area

 
Loop – 8.4 mi

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.5817 W74.6212

Getting There: Exit State Route 17 at exit 109E and turn right on Katrina Falls Road. Exit State Route 17 at exit 109w and turn right at the end of the exit. Turn right on Katrina Falls Road at the next intersection. From the end of the 109E exit drive 3.5 miles to the end of Katrina Falls Road. Park in the small lot.

Difficulty: This hike is rated VERY STRENUOUS because it is over 8 miles long and has several uphill sections along the way. Some of these uphills can be steep as they descend to and ascend from the Neversink River.

Trail Surface: The trail starts out as a wide woods road and then changes to a hiking trail cut through brush. The spur trails to the falls may be wet and muddy at times and are steeper than the main trail. The trails are dirt and rock and at times may have a few trees across them to walk around.

Hike Description: From the parking area walk through the gate and down the wide woods road. Continue until there is a fork in the trail. Stay left on the blue blazed main trail which will soon cross Wolf Brook on a small bridge. Just passed this stream crossing is another trail junction. Stay right on the blue blazed trail as the trail rolls up and down a little. At 1.3 miles cross Mullet Brook on a wooden bridge. BE CAREFUL since these bridges can sometimes by slippery from rain and moss which grows on them. Just passed the bridge the yellow blazed spur trail to Denton Falls on the Neversink River branches off to the right. Follow the yellow blazes as they lead through the laurel. The trail breaks out into an open evergreen forest and descends to the river. The descent can be steep at times with loose rock and pine needles making the going slippery. Some areas on the trail may be muddy. When you reach the river you may carefully walk out onto the rocks to get a good view of the falls. BE CAREFUL as the rocks may be slippery and the current in the river is fast especially when the water in high! After enjoying the area around the falls, retrace your route back to the main trail. Turn right on the blue trail and you will immediately come to another trail junction. Stay right on the blue blazed trail that leads to High Falls. This two mile section of trail is more rugged than the previous sections with larger rocks and a rougher surface. After an initial descent, there is a slight climb and then a descent of almost 500 feet to the Neversink River at 3.9 miles. After enjoying the sights and sounds of the falls, retrace your steps back to the trail junction with the red trail. Turn right and start an uphill section. At 6 miles watch for a yellow blazed spur trail on the left. Turn left on this trail to walk .15 miles down to Mullet Brook Falls. Return to the main trail and turn left on the red blazed trail to continue the loop. The walk now is uphill but eventually levels off and crosses Mullet Brook again on a bridge at 6.8 miles. Cross the bridge and continue on the trail staying left at the next intersection at 7 miles. The yellow trail here heads off to the right to the Wolf Brook parking area. The red trail now heads downhill for almost a mile to another trail junction. Turn right on the blue trail and cross the bridge over Wolf Brook. Stay right on the main trail and walk back up the hill to your car.

Neversink Unique Area: Denton and Mullet Brook Falls

4.6 miles  |  M - Moderate  |  Neversink Unique Area

 
Loop – 4.6 mi

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.5817 W74.6212

Getting There: Exit State Route 17 at exit 109E and turn right on Katrina Falls Road. Exit State Route 17 at exit 109w and turn right at the end of the exit. Turn right on Katrina Falls Road at the next intersection. From the end of the 109E exit drive 3.5 miles to the end of Katrina Falls Road. Park in the small lot.

Difficulty: This hike is rated MODERATE because it is almost 5 miles long and has some moderate to steep uphills. There may be muddy areas along the way.

Trail Surface: The trail starts out as a wide woods road and then changes to a hiking trail cut through brush. The spur trails to the falls may be wet and muddy at times and are steeper than the main trail. The trails are dirt and rock and at times may have a few trees across them to walk around.

Hike Description: From the parking area walk through the gate and down the wide woods road. Continue until there is a fork in the trail. Stay left on the blue blazed main trail which will soon cross Wolf Brook on a small bridge. Just passed this stream crossing is another trail junction. Stay right on the blue blazed trail as the trail rolls up and down a little. At 1.3 miles cross Mullet Brook on a wooden bridge. BE CAREFUL since these bridges can sometimes by slippery from rain and moss which grows on them. Just passed the bridge the yellow blazed spur trail to Denton Falls on the Neversink River branches off to the right. Follow the yellow blazes as they lead through the laurel. The trail breaks out into an open evergreen forest and descends to the river. The descent can be steep at times with loose rock and pine needles making the going slippery. Some areas on the trail may be muddy. When you reach the river you may carefully walk out onto the rocks to get a good view of the falls. BE CAREFUL as the rocks may be slippery and the current in the river is fast especially when the water in high! After enjoying the area around the falls, retrace your route back to the main trail. Turn right on the blue trail and you will immediately come to another trail junction. Stay to the left on the red blazed trail and start an uphill section. At a little over 2 miles watch for a yellow blazed spur trail on the left. Turn left on this trail to walk .15 miles down to Mullet Brook Falls. Return to the main trail and turn left on the red blazed trail to continue the loop. The walk now is uphill but eventually levels off and crosses Mullet Brook again on a bridge at 2.9 miles. Cross the bridge and continue on the trail staying left at the next intersection at 3.1 miles. The yellow trail here heads off to the right to the Wolf Brook parking area. The red trail now heads downhill for almost a mile to another trail junction. Turn right on the blue trail and cross the bridge over Wolf Brook. Stay right on the main trail and walk back up the hill to your car.

Neversink Unique Area: Neversink River

1.4 miles  |  E - Easy  |  Neversink Unique Area

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.5817 W74.6212

Getting There: Exit State Route 17 at exit 109E and turn right on Katrina Falls Road. Exit State Route 17 at exit 109w and turn right at the end of the exit. Turn right on Katrina Falls Road at the next intersection. From the end of the 109E exit drive 3.5 miles to the end of Katrina Falls Road. Park in the small lot.

Difficulty: This hike is rated EASY because it is relatively flat short and is on wide woods roads. The hike is downhill on the way out and uphill on the way back.

Trail Surface: The trail surface has a few large stones but consists mostly of small stones and dirt. The trail is sometimes wet and muddy.

Hike Description: From the parking area walk through the gate and down the wide woods road. Continue until there is a fork in the trail. Stay right on the yellow spur trail which leads down to the Neversink River. This spot on the river usually has gently flowing water with a few small rapids. It is NOT safe to swim here despite what some may think! When you are done relaxing by the river, retrace your steps to the car.

Cold Spring Road Access (Red Trail)

5.7 miles  |  MD - Moderately Difficult  |  Neversink Unique Area

Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.55472 W74.68141

Geeting There: Drive to the intersection if Broadway and St. John Street in Monticello, NY. Turn south on St. John Street which soon becomes Cold Spring Road. Drive 7.45 miles from Broadway to the parking area on the left. It is marked with a typical yellow on brown sign. The sign indicated that this parking area allows access to the Neversink Unique Area.

Difficulty: This hike is rated MODEARTE because it is almost 6 miles long and is all pill on the return trip. Navigation is difficult in some places due to poor marking. Parts of the trail may be poorly maintained.

Trail Surface. The trail is mostly a wide woods road which is wet in a few spots with one stream to cross. The trails are dirt and rock and at times may have a few trees across them to walk around. Some spots are very rocky.

Hike Description: The trail leaves the parking area and is well worn but you may not see any blazes. Within a few hundred feet there is a trail register and red blazes begin to appear. Walk slightly uphill for .4 miles to the point where another trail comes in from the left. This trail is almost completely overgrown and has not been used for some time. Continue to walk along the wide marked trail until at .55 miles the trail begins to descend which continues for some time. At 1.1 miles the traill may be wet and muddy for about a quarter of a mile. There may be several blowdowns along the way. Continue downhill and bear left and downhill when the trail splits at 1.4 miles. The trail begins to get very rocky but is still easy to follow. At 1.7 miles you will come to an open area and the blazes seem to disappear! Look to the left as the trail bends downhill at this point. Looking back at the trees behind you may help as blazes may be on the other side of the trees. The trail continuous to head south following a woods road until at 2.1 miles it ends at a jeep road with blue markers. Turn left and watch out for wet and muddy areas. The trail continues downhill until at 2.3 miles you will come to Little Eden Brook. Cross the brook using stepping stones or a log. The trail levels off a little and at 2.6 miles a marker on a stake indicates a turn to the right toward the river. A wide jeep road continus straight ahead and also turns up the hill to the left. Turn right and walk along the road downhill and toward the river. The trail begins to parallel the river and there is a good place to walk down to the river’s edge at 2.75 miles. There are several other places where you may walk down to the river. Head back up to the trail and walk back the way you came. Watch for a sign on a tree a little off the trail toward the river. The sign says “Unsafe Bridge” and “Scheduled for Demolition”. The floods damaged the bridge and it was removed. Work your way down a trail to the river’s edge once again. Work your way upstream along the shore to a place where you can see that the river splits upstream and the land along the river becomes too narrow to walk. Return along the river’s edge to the path up to the trail.Walked back up to the point where you turned down to the river. Turn left and walk back to the red trail crossing Little Eden Brook again. Turn right on the red trail and begin a long uphill trek back to the parking area. At 3.9 miles you will be in the area where the trail markers were difficult to follow on the way out. Continue following the trail and the markers which are much clearer on the way back than the way out. Continue to hike uphill on the trail passing through the wet and muddy area. Pass the “other” trail at 5.3 miles and continue back to the parking area and your car.

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