Know the New Hiking How-tos
Granite Knolls Easy Loop
Directions to trailhead
North bound on the Taconic State Parkway: Take the exit for Route 132 (Shrub Oak). At the top of the ramp, turn left onto NY 132 (Old Yorktown Road). Bear left a fork in 0.2 mile to continue on Old Yorktown Road, and make the next left onto Buckhorn Street. Continue for about 0.3 mile to a cul-de-sac at the end of the street, where parking is available.
South bound on the Taconic State Parkway: Take Route 6 exit and turn right. Make an immediate left onto Route 132. At a triangle intersection, turn right. Turn left onto Buckhorn Street. Continue for about 0.3 mile to a cul-de-sac at the end of the street, where parking is available..
From the cul-de-sac, proceed ahead on a path which soon turns left and reaches a junction with the Yorktown Trailway – a wide path that parallels the Taconic State Parkway, with occasional green blazes. Turn right onto the Yorktown Trailway. At first, the Trailway follows a boardwalk below the level of the Parkway, but it soon climbs to the level of the Parkway, then again descends. After moving some distance away from the Parkway, it again approaches it – this time, overlooking the road.
About a mile from the start, the Yorktown Trailway again curves to the right, away from the parkway and reaches a junction where the lavendar-blazed Dynamite Run comes in from the left. Turn to follow the lavendar blazes uphill and pass yellow blazed Arthur's Ramble. Dynamite Run ends just before the top of the rise at the pink-blazed Taconic Bridge Trail. Take the pink trail and which, almost immediately,reaches the white-blazed Circolara Trail which joins from the right. Continue straight ahead on the co-aligned trails on a footpath. In a short distance at a woods road, the yellow-blazed Arthur's Ramble is to the right and the white-blazed trail continues straight. Turn left onto the woods road which descends and then turn right.
Pass a huge fallen tree where the yellow-blazed Pond Trail begins to the left. Bear right and just before reaching stone gateposts, turn right at the beginning of the blue-blazed Giant Boulder Trail. Follow this footpath through an area strune with boulders of various sizes. When you reach a woods road, turn left to join the white-blazed Circolara Trail. Soon the co-aligned trails turn sharply right. After passing a small quarry to the right, the two trails split at a fork in the road. Turn right to follow the blue blazed Giant Boulder Trail as it heads up hill to reach a huge glacial erratic. Even though pieces of the Giant Boulder that had been removed are scattered at one end, it is still impressive. Check out the drill marks that are still visible at the edges of the boulder.
When you’re ready to continue, backtrack for about 100 feet to the green-blazed Granite Knolls Trail and turn right (north) to follows a winding footpath around many smaller boulders. Be alert for three red blazes on the left, which mark the start of Bruno’s Run. Turn sharply left and follow this red-blazed trail, which descends steadily. It switchbacks to the right just before reaching a stone wall and bears left at a fork with an unmarked trail. After crossing several stone walls, the red-blazed trail crosses the white-blazed Circolara Trail and continues its descent. Mountain bikers designed the narrow trails in the park which accounts for their many twists and turns.
Bruno’s Run reaches orange-blazed Happy Ending, so named because it was a great way to end your ride in Granite Knolls. Turn left and continue downhill. When Happy Ending ends at the Yorktown Trailway turn left and follow it back to the end of Buckhorn Street, where the hike began.