If you want to take a great hike in the Catskills with rewarding views, but you aren’t into climbing up a mountain, a trip to Phoenicia is in order. The Tanbark Trail [8 Ava Maria Dr, Phoenicia, NY 12464] starts beside the red bench on the far side of Phoenicia Park, a large field with a little playground.
It is 2.3 miles and you will gain 800 feet of elevation. This is indeed a hike, not just a walk in the park. It is steep and has loose gravel in certain areas, so wear sturdy shoes. As you begin ascending you’ll notice some really interesting rocks above, soon enough you will actually be right under them!With a closer look you may see tons of circular pockets, the work of wind erosion. Another interesting stone was discovered, weeping.
There is a lot of signage here and if you read it, you will find that this area was a quarry and these stones were used to pave NYC. After a short while you will begin a loop.
Here you will climb up, heart pumping, to a beautiful mountainous vista high above the town of Phoenicia!
Let that soak in and continue on through the woods, following a meandering stream.
You’ll find some other views along the way and before too long, begin your descent back to where you started. I promised myself a go at the climby spider web in the playground once I was finished.
You get some great views from the top here, as well! What a fantastic interesting and historical little trail right beside town.