Main Trail and Rock Polypody Fern Trail Loop

EASY 3 reviews

Main Trail and Rock Polypody Fern Trail Loop is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near East Nassau, New York that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

historic site

Multiple trails traverse the 50 acre preserve consist of mixed hardwood‐hemlock‐pine forests, including some very large trees. Black Brook, a native trout‐spawning stream, flows through a picturesque ravine. The slopes above the brook have many wet seeps and springs, offering habitat for spring wildflowers, ferns, mosses and liverworts. There are remnants of earlier human use including stone walls, an abandoned logging road, and a small foundation possibly once a small mill.

1 month ago

Note that the main trail along the stream has yellow markers, not red as shown on the map. Also the ridge cutoff has red markers, not yellow. The Polypody Fern trail is aptly named.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice area; on the new Blue trail there is a solid up/down section (Note: the Blue trail is NOT on the map online or at the kiosk, but it is complete and fully blazed with markers. There are multiple loops here and it is easy to traverse the entire preserve. While "kid-friendly" I wouldn't bring a toddler here, as there are some areas that are rocky and rooted.