Breaking New Trail
Exploring the unknown can be exciting and fun! You never know what awaits when you wander off the path into the untamed forest. This is exactly what Sullivan County Natural Resources staff have been doing for the past month as they break new trail on County Lands. They have stumbled across vernal pools, historic cellar holes, and wildflower patches, discovered mountain views and unique natural areas.
Two new hiking trails are in the works. One that starts at the County Farm trailhead and follows the Unity Mountain Trail before breaking off into the woods. It leads to the top of Glidden Hill and follows the ridge a ways through an oak pine forest, before descending into northern hardwood forest and onto Quimby Rd, which takes the hiker back to the start making this a 2.2 mile loop trail. The Glidden Ridge Trail has been marked with yellow blazes. Trail signs and maps are in the works. The other will begin near the Marshall Pond Trailhead and leads hikers into the midst of a mature Spruce-fir forest community, around a spaghnum wetland and back. We are just determining where this trail will go.
These trails will be ready for use soon! Our new field technician, Cathy McComish, will be working on them this summer and fall. We encourage you to get outside and get off trail to explore, but do so responsibly - we don't want anyone going out unprepared and getting lost! Also, please follow social distancing guidelines from the CDC.
A grand opening with guided hikes of Glidden Ridge Trail will occur in October 2020! Check our programs page for the official date and times!