Dark Hallow Area Aproach Trail

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New York, United States, North America
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Less than two hours
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Dark Hallow Area Aproach Trail
Created On: Oct 22, 2005
Last Edited On: Jan 17, 2006


From I 87 (NYS Thru-Way) take Exit 16 and follow signs for Statr Road 32 North.
Follow Rt. 32 for about 7.4 miles to Mountainville.
Turn Left on to Orange County Road 79. About 700 feet later turn left on to Taylor Road.
The Trail Head is on your right about a 1/4 mile later.

This trail is almost a mile long and provides acess to the Jessup Trail, The Highlands Trail, and the trails in the Dark Hallow area.
The entire length of this trail in located in private property. The landowners have given permission for hikers to cross their land, please respect any posted signs by the landowners.

Route Description

Starting from the trail head cross the road and a stream and enter a field. The path of the trail has been mowed in to the grass to make it easier to follow because there are few blazes.
At about 0.25 miles you will reach a house. Turn right on a farm road and cross over a chain.
At 0.4 miles the trail turns left. The Jessup Trail and the The Highlands Trail continue straight.
Continue straight on the farm road. There are other roads that go to the right. DO NOT TAKE THEM.
At 0.7 miles the trail is very close to I-87 and enters the woods and swings right.
The trail then climbs 120 ft. to the railroad tacks. Once you cross the tracks you are off private land and on state land. The Sweet Clover Trail starts directly oppisite the end of the Aproach Trail.
To reach the Dark Hallow Trail turn left and walk down the tracks untill you reach the black blazes that start the Dark Hallow Trail.

Essential Gear

Basic dayhike gear. bring plenty of water since there are few sources and watch out for trains.

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