Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Teatown Worth Trip

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Teatown Worth Trip

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HIKING: Teatown (Ossining, N.Y.)

FEATURES: This loop hike runs along the shore of Vernay Lake and descends into the Hidden Valley.

LENGTH: About 2.0 miles.

DIFFICULTY: Easy to moderate.

TIME: About 1 1/2 hours.

MAP: Teatown Lake Reservation map (available at Nature Center)

DOGS: Permitted on leash.

DESCRIPTION: From the parking area, cross to the south side of Spring Valley Road, go through an opening in a stone wall, and immediately turn left. Bear right ahead, passing a kiosk on the left and a stone-lined pond on the right, and continue on the orange-blazed Twin LakesTrail, which descends towards Vernay Lake on a gravel road. Near the base of the descent, the trail bears left, leaving the road, and makes the final descent to the lake on stone steps.

When you reach the lake, turn left and head north on a narrow footpath along the lakeshore. On the right, a concrete dock affords panoramic views of this pristine lake. At the end of the lake, turn left onto the white-blased Shortcut Trail, which climbs on a footpath. After crossing a grassy field, the trail goes through an opening in a stone wall and turns right onto Spring Valley Road.

The trail follows the road for 50 feet, then turns left and re-enters the woods at the driveway of a private home (follow the sign "Connector to the Hidden Valley Trail"). It climbs to a stone wall at the crest of the rise and levels off. When the white-blazed trail ends at a T-intersection, turn right (uphill) onto the red-blazed Hidden Valley Trail, which passes a huge rock outcrop on the right and soon begins a gradual descent.

After descending a little more steeply, the trail crosses a footbridge over a stream and bears left onto a woods road, which climbs briefly, then descends steadily. At the base of the descent, the trail curves sharply to the left and emerges into the Hidden Valley. …

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