A small rock ledge at the Pine Knob southern summit(elevation 1160 feet) provides very nice views to the east of Mine Mountain and Dean Hill.
The trail continues north through mostly hardwoods with a couple of smaller ups and downs on its way to the northern summit. I passed several other parties on this section of trail. Just before arriving at the northern summit, the loop trail breaks away from the AT.
My next stop was a section of the Appalachian Trail on River Road in the town of Kent. This is a very unique section of the AT, because it is very level and follows the Housatonic River for quite a distance. I parked along the gravel road about .9 of a mile away from the road's end, where a gate is found. Just beyond the gate is a kiosk with AT information. This area was extremely loud and crowded with swimmers and party goers, but the noise quickly dissipated as I headed north.
The quiet, flowing Housatonic.
Such a peaceful place, with the only drawback being the sounds of passing traffic on the opposite shoreline. I turned around after about 2.4 miles, when I arrived at the signs for Stewart Hollow Brook campsite. From here, I retraced my steps back to the car.
Had a great day, hiking a total of 9.8 miles altogether.