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Dover Stone Church Preserve
|Park Overview:|| |
Main feature: a short, moderate walk leads to a scenic brook and a dramatic natural cavern—the "Dover Stone Church" —through which water flows out and sunlight filters in.
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||3.75 miles|
|Park Acreage:||120 acres|
|Web Map:||Dover Stone Church Preserve Trail Map|
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
|Park Description:|| |
This is a small-town preserve, which began in 2004 by offering a single short hike (about 1.2 miles round-trip from parking area). The scenic brook and cavern at the end of the trail make the Dover Stone Church — an extraordinary cave-like natural formation — a worthwhile destination. Inside the cavern is a 30-foot waterfall cascading into pool of water that flows through and then out of the cavern entrance.
By 2015 additional parkland was acquired; three new trails were blazed and opened to the public.
The Dover Stone Church Visitor’s Guide provides a history and description of the site, including a map showing designated parking areas and the access path to the trailhead.
|Trails Overview:|| |
Use the Web Map link to view the network of trails. Access to the preserve is by foot along Stone Church Lane, a graveled private drive (0.4 mile, one way). The trailheads are at the top of the small rise at the end of the drive.
Take NYS Route 22 to Dover Plains. Immediately south of the traffic light at Mill Street, look for blue-and-gold historic sign on west side of road for Dover Stone Church. The drive is private, but open for pedestrians; do not take cars up it. According to the Visitor’s Guide (link above) parking is permitted at the elementary school across the street when school is not in session; the Tabor Wing House at 3128 Route 22; and at Four Brothers Restaurant, all within walking distance.
|Contact Information:||Town of Dover |