The trail starts just to the right of the Trail sign.
You will soon cross peaceful Bryants Brooks, which flows very quietly this time of year.
After .6 miles on the Farmstead Trail, you will arrive at a trail junction. You may choose the Upper or Lower Meadow Loops. I decided to start with the more challenging Upper Meadow Loop. This winds through open fields, before climbing up through a hardwood forest. Many old stone walls are found throughout these woods.
Descending the wide open trail with hazy sun hot blazing down.
After completing the loop I returned to the car via the Farmstead Trail, completing 3.7 miles RT.
Although a bit hot, I still had a decent amount of time available so I opted to visit the Shavertown Ridge Trail, yet another NYC watershed property near the Pepacton Reservoir. After leaving Palmer Hill, I continued on Route 28 west through the hamlet of Andes before bearing left onto County Route 1, which drops you several miles south directly to the Reservoir and parking area. Parking is found at the pull off for the boat launch just before the intersection with Route 30, but the trail actually starts about a tenth of a mile north along County Route 1.
A weather station can be found just off the trail as you climb towards Snake Pond.
After one mile of climbing, the trail levels out and comes to an intersection.
The Reservoir far below.
The trail passes through a typical Catskill forest and follows the ridge line for quite a distance, but with no scenic views unfortunately.
Before heading back, a small loop is found at the very end of the Shavertown Ridge Trail. I then retraced my steps back off the ridge and down to the car for a total of 5.3 miles RT. Total mileage for the day was 9 miles.
Before heading home, I made one last stop at a nearby waterfall. These falls are relatively unknown and known as Tompkins Falls. They are found off rural Barkaboom Road along the south side of the Pepacton Reservoir. The falls can clearly be seen at a bend in the road. There is a small, unofficial pull off at the top of the hill that provides a closer look. Be careful scrambling down the steep embankment from the road. The main falls drop about eight feet and are very attractive, even during low water.
This is a very cool spot, and unknown to many people. It capped off a near perfect hot summer day.