The Catskill Mountain Club opened another new trail system, this one in Delhi. The three trails, two named for characters in the novel My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George and one in honor of the Delaware Academy mascot Bulldogs, together cover about 4.5 miles and offer the option of shorter hikes of varying degrees of difficulty. The longer Gribley Trail crosses the mountain ridge above the village in a little over three miles. The Bulldog Run can be combined with a section of the Gribley to create a loop hike of over two miles. And the Frightful Falls Trail is a short connector, the steepness of which makes its name seem appropriate.
This trail project is another built by the CMC to bring hiking opportunities closer to Catskill communities. The trails are designed to accommodate hikers of all ages and most abilities. The CMC feels that these trails will contribute to the physical, social and economic health of our communities. Offering the ability to easily access a place to go for a hike, however long or short, is an important way to help individuals maintain their health. The availability of a nearby place to spend time alone or with friends, family and children will offer a wonderful opportunity for relaxation, fun and meaningful time spent together in an awe inspiring and peaceful setting. And visitors from near and far will avail themselves of the services provided by local businesses when they come to town for a hike. We are convinced that everyone will benefit in some way from the presence of these new trails and that the Catskills will become an even better place to live and to visit.
There is parking for the trails at the end of Sheldon Drive, at Immanuel Lutheran Church and at O’Connor Hospital. Use the O’Connor Hospital parking lot when church services or events are going on.
Gribley Trail ( 3.08 miles) Named after the beloved character in the children’s novel My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, which was set near Delhi NY. The trail starts at the end of Sheldon Drive near the high school in Delhi. After a steep climb the trail passes through varied vegetation, offering views of the village. It then proceeds west near the ridgeline of the mountain, then finally descending to meet the Bulldog Run Trail. Follow the Bulldog Run Trail to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Trailhead.
Bulldog Run Trail Loop (2.39 miles)Named after Delaware Academy Central School’s mascot. It meanders the side of Federal Hill in an easy loop, starting and ending at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Trailhead.
Frightful’s Falls Trail (.36 miles) Named after the falcon, a second character in My Side of the Mountain, this trail connects Bulldog Run to the Gribley Trail.
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The Delhi Trails Project was made possible through the cooperation of the Village of Delhi, Delaware Academy Central School, and the Immanuel Lutheran Church. The project was generously supported and assisted by Bassett Healthcare Network O’Connor Hospital, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, the Rural Health Alliance, The Catskill Ladies Association to Support and Inspire (C.L.A.S.I) and by SUNY Delhi students. The Catskill Mountain Club designed, constructed and maintains the trails.