Basha Kill Area: Haven Road toward Wurtsboro

4.7 miles
M - Moderate
Location
Basha Kill

 
Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.5379 W74.5197

Getting There: Take Route 17/I 86 to exit 113 and head south on Route 209 toward Port Jervis. After 1.7 miles turn left on Haven Road. Follow the road as it crosses the Basha Kill. At the first intersection turn left and park in the large lot.

Difficulty: This hike is rated MODERATE because it is almost 5 miles long but is almost completely flat. Most of the trail is packed direr and gravel. The path to the tower is rougher with dirt and some tree roots.

Trail Surface: The trail is an abandoned railroad bed which is almost completely flat. Most of the trail is packed dirt and gravel. The path to the tower is rougher with dirt and some tree roots.

Hike Description: Start your hike by walking northeast on the old railroad bed which makes up a good part of the trail in this area. There are no blazes for either the SRT or Long Path but the route is clear as it simply follows the railroad bed. Within a short distance there is a nice viewpoint over the Basha Kill to the ridges beyond. At about .5 miles there is a path to the left leads to an observation tower with good views to the north and west. You may choose to visit the tower on the way out or on the way back. You may encounter a few wet areas on the trail and some mud. There are also several places where old wooden bridges cross the water. These bridges are slowly deteriorating and the whole atmosphere is one of neglect. At 1.8 miles an underpass beneath the highway allows hikers and wildlife to pass without a problem! At 2.3 miles the trail ends at Pennsylvania Avenue just outside of Wurtsboro. Turn around and retrace your steps to the car

Terrain Difficulty
M - Moderate
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