Southside Trail is a 13.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.
its a great trail that parallels the John's Brook trail leading to Johns Brook Lodge and DEC outpost. However, the DEC has officially abandoned this trail due to storm damage along its most westerly approach along the Johns Brook. The trail is dangerous with acute drop offs and ledges making it nearly impossible. The more easterly trail is okay but not in used due to the potential hazards. In order to enjoy this trail you MUST stay on the easterly side path when you come to the y-intersection where the the trail divides in two. the trail along the river at this point is impassable and abandoned. In addition you must cross the trail at the first Johns Brook crossing after leaving the Garden. The posted trailhead is no longer accessible due to private ownership.