DELAWARE RIVER REGION TRAIL
Upper Delaware Take a Hike! Trail
Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N41.55444 W75.01919
Getting There: From the north, head south on Route 97 from Narrowsburg, NY. From the intersection of Route 97 and Route 52 drive 4.5 miles south to Crawford Road on the right. Turn right on Crawford Road. From the south, head north on Route 97 from Barryville, NY. From the intersection of Route 97 and Route 55 drive 10.1 miles north to Crawford Road on the left. Turn left onto Crawford Road. Drive .3 miles on Crawford Road to the access to the parking area on the right. Park in the lot.
Difficulty: This hike is rated MODERATE even though it is only three miles because the trails are rough in spots and there is some elevation gain with a few steeper spots.
Trail Surface: The trail surface is generally free of large stones and consists mostly of small stones and dirt with tree roots in many places. The trail can be wet and muddy in spots.
Hike Description: This trail is maintained by the National Park Service and is owned by the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp. Walk out the north end of the parking area on Tusten Road which runs parallel to the river. Tusten Road which is only open to vehicle traffic from April to December. In about .2 miles you will cross a stone arch bridge. Follow the red TMR (Ten Mile River) and yellow (Scouting symbol) blazes along Tusten Road until a sign points to the right where the trail enters the woods on the right at about .7 miles. Along the way you will notice a lean-to and tent camping area. There is also a quarry, the first of many, on the right side of the road. As soon as you turn into the woods you will find the register box for the trail. Turn left at the register box and hike to about 1.1 miles. You will gain most of your elevation to this point. Watch for another quarry on the left in the woods as the trail start to level. At about 1.2 miles you should come across a sign that points to the lookout which is just ahead after a short climb. From the lookout you can see the Delaware River in the distance. Continue on the trail and down the other side of the hill. There will be various small quarries along the way. At about 1.4 miles there will be a large pile of stone on the left from a quarry further up the hill. At the base of a short descent will be another quarry on the right. Turn left and the trail will continue north briefly and then make a nearly 180 degree turn to the south to head back to the trailhead. Along the way you will notice DEC signs that mark the area on the right as “Restricted”. At about 2 miles a trail will come in from the right. Continue on the main trail back to the register box at 2.5 miles. Turn left and walk south along Tusten Road for .6 miles to get back to the parking area.
Michele Fithian says
This is a beautiful trail to hike on a fall day. Once at the top, the view of the mountains and river below is just fantastic. The hike is not too difficult, but it will require some deep breathing on the way up! There are some interesting stone quarries to check out, as well. Another wonderful thing about this hike is walking along the river for a spell. All in all, it’s a great hike to take if you just want to get out in the mountains for a couple hours.
Bill Deaton says
Hike the loop in a counter-clockwise manner if you want an easier ascent. There are still some steep pitches, but overall, this way offers a more gradual climb and a few flat spots to catch your breath. In icy/wet conditions, it is also much easier to climb up these pitches than it is to navigate down them. In the spring, look for blooming Tulip Poplars and Red Columbines among the Violets, Fringed Polygala, and Bluets. Plenty of nice mushrooms in the area year-round as well.
We hiked the trail in January with about 4 inches of snow…it was beautiful.
Nice hike, good views and very well maintained. Thank you BoyScouts!
John Ducey says
Great hiking trail! One of the best in Sullivan County