Mianus River Gorge Preserve Trail

EASY 84 reviews

Mianus River Gorge Preserve Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bedford, New York that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

2.4 miles
314 feet

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running







no dogs

2 months ago

Very pretty and nicely marked

3 months ago

The trail was fun, but not entirely open. The entrance was well marked and easy to understand. The trail was very pretty, but felt like it was leading up to bigger grander sights. However half way through the loop is closed off significantly shortening the length of the trail. The trail is extremely well marked at the beginning, but he further it progresses the worse the trail is marked. Overall a fun experience that's sadly cut short early of the best sights.

3 months ago

It's too bad that the gorge trail is partly closed. It's a great view from the high point, you can even see Long Island Sound. Before the water company closed access to the reservoir land you could hike from the gorge all the way to the dam. The dam was a great spot to picnic, fish, hike, etc. My golden retriever and I hiked there a lot, even circumventing the entire reservoir a few times. We also crossed the frozen reservoir and back one winter. Not a good idea by ourselves but we made it. When they were looking for president Bargh of the water company, my mother noticed tire tracks going into the water and an oil slick. I told some workers. Bargh had committed suicide by driving into the water. He was found in 90 feet of water. In the late 60's or so some vandals destroyed the picnic area and shot it up. The company closed all access after that. Very unfortunate for the people who enjoyed the site. Trail head vandalism is not uncommon. I have seen it in Colorado and Washington State where I live now. Hopefully access to the full trail system will be restored.

4 months ago

Dissapointed that it’s not all accessible, but was awesome for a first trail walk. Went early on a weekday and didn’t walk by a single soul. Very nice trail.

4 months ago

good hike. disappointed that the whole trail was not accessible.

4 months ago

Very family friendly. Used this to get the kids interested in hiking. Gurgling river and the occasional waterfall make it interesting

4 months ago

What a wonderful place!! Place here everyday on my commute and decided to stop and explore today. The Mianus River Gorge is unlike anything in the area...old growth forest with hemlocks that are over 300 years old. The preserve was created in late 1953 by local citizens who saw the uniqueness of of the area and wanted to save it for future generations to enjoy. This was also the first land acquisition by the Nature Conservancy and also the first US National Natural History Landmark!! The trails are clearly marked and great for families. The Preserve closes at 5...I wasn't aware of this until a fellow hiker let me know. Highly recommend this hike

5 months ago

Clear markers, pretty trails, lots of birds, clean.

6 months ago

It is an easy trail that is great for most kids (probably 5 and up), just need to be careful on the ledge of the gorge if taking the red trail. Has bathrooms in the parking lot. Mosquitoes can be rough around the area described as an amphibian breeding ground (makes sense since they eat them), just try to walk fast through there or spray yourself before. Saw a tiny snake but not much other wildlife.

8 months ago

Easy hike with some small changes in elevation, but otherwise it's pretty level. I hiked here in October with friends when the leaves were changing. The gorge was awesome- we went off the path a little bit to get a better view! I'd only suggest crossing the river when the water level is low like it was in October.

9 months ago

Great place to go hiking

9 months ago

Surprisingly fun for an "easy" trail. Climbing up roots and rocks and step-stoning over streams gave it the deep woods feel and the views and waterfalls were a bonus. Definitely up for a second trek.

10 months ago

It was this trail that initially got me into hiking. Having hiked in the rocky mountains, italian alps, austrian alps, swiss alps, the adirondack high peaks, and blue ridge mountains since then this trail although a bit less dramatic is none the less a trail of suprises and breathtaking sights.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hours begin at 830am
Only open till November 30th
Great trail very peaceful
Plan on no cell phone service with AT&T
Excellent must see

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Great hike. Moderate hike don't miss the waterfall trail. Very dry Bc of drought, however still a site to see and a nice incline to hike. Well marked trail.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fabulous hike in the woods - lovely outlook and view of ravine. Went early in the morning - what a great start to the day.

Friday, August 19, 2016


Sunday, August 07, 2016

This is an easy walk between the woods. There are not open spaces. There's no water and no maps. The entrance closes at 5:00pm

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Nice easy out and back. Shaded the entire way. Pretty walk along the river and out to the reservoir. Good for young kids. Probably great in the spring when water is really running.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Depends on how high the water is. Nice walk through the woods but totally different when water is low and looks like a moonscape

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