Black River/Bamboo Brook Trail Loop

Black River County Park

The rocky gorge of the Black River - Black River County Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin The rocky gorge of the Black River - Black River County Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This lollipop-loop hike runs along the scenic Black River, following an abandoned railroad grade for part of the way and passing through a spectacular rocky gorge.

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Cooper Mill. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

From the northwest corner of the parking area, proceed west to the stone Cooper Mill. The mill, built in 1826, is open for tours in the summer and on weekends in the...

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September 25, 2016
Hiked this today
Printed out the directions and parked next to the Grist Mill (very cool by the way). Start off was easy but I felt the trail marking could have been better/more frequent. Directions were spot on but I admit I got a bit lost at this part " Pass just to the left of the Environmental Center (note a Patriots' Path blaze on a tree to the left of a fence) and continue on the blue-blazed Bamboo Brook Trail. The trail follows a wide grassy path between fields and continues on a grassy woods road. It turns left at a T-intersection, then bears right to join the paved entrance road. It continues along the road for a quarter mile, then turns right onto Pottersville Road. " Eventually I was spit out on someones farm on Pottersvill road and decided to walk down a bit to see if I could pick up the trail. Was able to find it and was fine. I will say that part of the trail, as well as the first 3rd or so of the red trail were poorly maintained and very narrow (and few markers). I can see in the fall losing the trail will be quite easy especially with the switchbacks. It's about 12 - 18 inches wide at points. Covered with leaves you won't see it. Anyway, great trail overall, nice and easy. Did it in about 2 hours (the 6.4 mile one). Only negative besides some of the trail conditions and markings is that the first part (1.3 miles or so) you hear a lot of road traffic so the purist in me wasn't crazy about it. Beautiful overall tho. I would hike this again. 
September 07, 2013
Update - September 2013
Hiked this trail today - all trees are cleared except for one very small spot. This is a wonderful hike!
Little Bird
June 16, 2013
Black River/Bamboo Brook Loop update
Hiked a 3.7mi loop from Kay Center 6.16.13.  Started out from Kay on the blue-blazed Bamboo Brook Trail to its intersection with red-blazed Conifer Pass Trail.  There were a couple of instances of trees across the trail, easily navigable but for the most part the trail is now usable without having to detour.  Good hike.
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