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Granite Knolls Park
Currently there is no parking at the park. The shortest access is from Woodlands Legacy Field Park. Take the Taconic Bridge Trail (pink) over the parkway from the ballfields parking lot, 0.2 mile. It is also accessible from the Yorktown Trailway. Enter at the end of Buckhorn Street in Shrub Oak and walk south one mile to the Taconic Bridge Trail. Follow the lavender blazes into the park,
No public transportation
Site of a former quarry, Granite Knolls Park's claim to fame is the Giant Boulder.
A visitor to Granite Knolls will quickly notice there are two types of trails: woods roads and narrow windy trails. The latter with their undulating route will delight skilled mountain bikers. Hikers can use those same trails to visit many small quarries and traverse the top of the knoll which gives the park its name.
- Arthur's Ramble - yellow - 0.5 mile
- Bruno's Run - red - 1.3 mile
- Boulder Ridge Trail - blue - 0.9 mile
- Circolara Trail - white - 1.2 miles
- Dynamite Run - lavender 0.4 miles
- Giant Boulder Trail - blue - 0.3 mile
- Granite Knolls Trail - green - 1.2 miles
- Happy Ending - orange - 0.4 mile
- Pond Trail - yellow - 240 feet
- Stark Hollow Trail - yellow - 0.25 mile
- Stony Street Trail - orange - 0.2 mile
- Taconic Bridge Trail - pink - 1.1 miles
The site of a small scale quarry operation, Granite Knolls Park's Giant Boulder sits among pieces of rock split from its side. Viewing those pieces, one would like to put the boulder together again. Along the ridge of the knoll are additional large rocks, not yet quarried. Other evidence of quarry operations are scattered through out the park including quarry pits, cables, and an old gear. The park is also former farmland.