Graham Hills Park Blue Trail

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Trail Distance: 3.4 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 470 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Limited
Description

The Graham Hills Blue Trail is a pupular 3.4-mile loop trail inside the Graham Hills Park that you and your pupster will love to hike again and again. The park has six diffurent trails, but the blue loop is the longest and the most traveled. The park does provide cleanup baggies for your pooch, but you should bring your own just in case. There are restrooms and water access in the park that you can use before heading off on the trail. 

Starting at the end of the parking lot at the entrance of the park on Bedford Road (Route 117), the blue trail starts by crossing over a small creek twice on two small bridges before heading into the woods at a steep hike at about the quarter-mile mark. You will see intersections where you can connect to the pink trail here, but you should continue going straight to stay on the blue trail to get to "Disneyland," an area named for all the loops and jumps, but it is easy and mild for hikers. 

Pass by the yellow trail to continue on the blue trail, and about 0.2 miles further, you will pass the intersection to the white trail. Another 0.1 miles and you are in the "rock garden," named because of all the large boulders. Along the way, you will pass more connections to other trails. Staying on the blue trail, you will head into the "snaggle," an area with roots and other vegetation.

Continue on to a big meadow, which is full of beautiful flowers in the spring and summer. When the flowers are blooming, you will usually see tons of butterflies and other flying critters. After the meadow, you will go a long stretch of about 0.75 miles before coming to the Cedar Grove and some old ruins that are right off the path. 

On the right at about the 2.5-mile marker, you will come to a wall where you will see another meadow full of flowers. Continue another quarter-mile to pass over a small creek and pond before passing the pink trail on the left and heading back into the home stretch of the blue trail that takes you back over the two bridges and into the parking lot. Extend your journey by veering off onto any of the other trails that crisscross over the blue trail. 

You and your pupster will want to come back again so make sure you clean up after yourself and your pup while you are there, so you and others can enjoy the trail. 

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Rocky, Steep Inclines, Forest, River, Diverse Landscape, Wetland, Grassland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This is a popular mountain biking trail, and can be busy on the weekends.
Address
Bedford Road (Route 117)
Mount Pleasant, NY 10504
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
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Address
Bedford Road (Route 117)
Mount Pleasant, NY 10504
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset