Appalachian Trail: Ten Mile River to Bull's Bridge

PointToPoint • 3.9 mi • 600 ft

This section of the Connecticut AT is the southernmost in New England and the closest in New England proper to the New York metro area. From the city or Westchester County, it's an easy drive to the trailhead with plenty of time to the trailhead with plenty of time for a leisurely hike. For a modest effort here, you'll see a lovely variety of landscapes. A modest climb will tax but not tire your muscles. Bring a picnic and plenty of water. There are good spots up high (with views), and there is a riverside for a lazy trailside lunch. As part of a longer trek, this section offers excellent camping sites and a recently built shelter.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gaylordsville
Length: 3.9 total miles
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Point-to-point
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 400 feet
Top Elevation: 1,000 feet
Local Contacts: Appalachian Mountain Club, 617-523-0636
Local Maps: ATC Mass. & Conn. #5
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This trip is definitely better going from south to north. The North-South ten mile hill climb seems much harder than the other way around.


First trip of the season! Nice trail going to Bulls Bridge! Crossing the Housatonic and seeing it from an elevation of about 500-600 ft. I must say I never made it to Bulls Bridge; I had to turn around to head back to NY parking area. That was UPHILL most of the way. Ran out of water and had the well water (bt the bridge) just in case to swish in my mouth when I got parched. Not all that easy I might say! But I would do it again! - Fran

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