My first stop was to a little known vista known as Raycroft Lookout near Hunts Hill. It can be a bit tricky accessing this spot though because the roads may not be marked and can be in rough condition. From Route 2 in the town of Florida, turn north onto Whitcomb Hill Road before turning left onto Monroe Road at the first junction. Follow Monroe Road(it will eventually turn into gravel Raycroft Road) to the last house just before a small bridge crossing. I have a low clearance vehicle so parked my car at the bridge where the road climbs through a rutted, rocky area.
Upper Reservoir Bear Swamp.
Awesome panoramic views to the east. The slopes below this lookout drop nearly 1100 feet in about a half mile.
Returned .8 of a mile back to the car for 1.6 miles RT.
My next stop was at the Dunbar Brook Trail along River Road. A small parking lot is found on the west side of the road at the Monroe-Florida town line. The actual trail starts by climbing up the small hill behind the kiosk pictured below before entering the woods. A right brings you steeply down wooden steps to the Dunbar Brook Dam which is off limits and fenced in.
After lingering at the lean to for about 20 minutes, soaking in the soft summer breeze, I headed back, retracing my steps along the brook. Total mileage 2.4 miles RT and 4 miles for the day.