An easy hike for almost anyone. A walk back through time. Great views and fascinating ruins from the making of the Ashokan Reservoir; the body of water changed the region’s landscape and history.
The NYCDEP Acorn Hill Unit is 220 acres of incredible forest and history. In this unit, you’ll find the Ashokan Quarry Trails that will take you 165’ up to excellent ledges with great views of Ashokan High Peak, Ashokan Cobble, South Mountain, Friday, Dink, Cornell, and Samuel’s Point, Wittenberg. Looking up the Esopus Valley, you’ll be able to see Mt. Pleasant, North Dome, Mt Tremper.
From the ledges, you’ll be able to peer down to the Yale Quarry and its vernal pool. As the trail descends to the quarry, you can walk a side path to the remains of a past rail bed and building used to process and transport the stone used to build the Ashokan Reservoir.
In season, when in bloom, you’ll hike through a section of wonderful Mountain Laural. As you ascend toward the ledges, you’ll find various species of oak, eastern white pine, chestnut, bitternut, maple, and many more species.
Trail specs on the Ashokan Quarry Trail
As typical with the hikes on NYCDEP land, you’ll be walking on various surfaces from, on this hike, footpaths to gravel roads. If you’re looking for a short hike with a great return on investment, these are your trails!
|Distance RT||Climb from the road||Difficulty|
|2-miles||165′ (to views)||Easy|
The Ashokan Quarry Trail Step by Step
- Start at the parking area off NY 28A (Long: 74°13’42.393″W Lat: 41°56’8.706″N). 8-miles off RT 28 via Reservoir Road.
- From the trailhead, walk 0.3-miles on a stone path to a junction. On the left will be the remains of the munitions building.
- Turn left and head uphill following blue markers.
- In about 0.3-miles, you reach several viewpoints.
- After the views, you’ll drop 0.2-miles to a junction where you’ll turn right.
- Shortly, you see a sign that indicates RR Remnants. The yellow marked path takes you 0.1-miles to the railroad ruins. Look uphill to your right at the railroad ruins, and you’ll see another structure; this is the rock processing building.
- Returning to the trail, you’ll quickly reach the Yale Quarry and its vernal pools. The pool is created by the water draining from the walls of the old quarry.
- From the quarry, you’ll follow a wide road back to the junction at the munitions building. From here, return to the trailhead. Your total hiking distance is about 2-miles.
Another DEP hike: Palmer Hill Trail in the Catskills. Fun but Unusual.
Video of View from ledges over Yale Quarry
Map of Ashokan Quarry Trail
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Backwoods wanderer with a passion for backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and exploring the wilds of the Catskills and Adirondacks in New York. A Catskill 3500 Club Member and Adirondack Forty-Sixer. Climbed Mount Rainier. Professionally an Exercise Physiologist.