December Hikes on River Trail at Shaker Village

Trustee House
Trustee House
Front of Trustee House decorated for Christmas.
Front of Trustee House decorated for Christmas.
More Christmas decorations at Shakertown
More Christmas decorations at Shakertown

The trails at Shakertown are closed during the week, during November and December except the river trail. It is also a lovely trail with beautiful views. I see less deer here, but I have seen them on this trail. There is a neat waterfall near the landing, but unless it had been raining a few days before, it is usually dry.

You can either walk down the road, or go on the trail, which is what I do. You can drive down to the landing, but you would need to get a key from the reception desk in the Trustee’s house, (where the restaurant is.) You need to sign a waiver anyway before you go on any of the trails. If you go as often as I do, you can sign an annual waiver, so you do not have to sign every time.

If you drive to the landing, take a left on 68 as you drive out from Shakertown, and you will see a road on the right after that first curve. There should be a sign, but keep an eye out for it, because it is easy to miss.

If you walk to the landing, as you leave the Trustee’s house, take a right down the main road/pathway through Shakertown, going East. (You do not need a key, if you are walking. Also if you have small children, be sure you stay close with them, because you will cross a main road, and there are cliffs along the trail.) You will pass the farm on the right, and you will cross the Shakertown road that goes to the parking behind the East Family Dwelling. You want to cross that road and go down the path between the two fences, to the rock fence, just up from HWY 68. There are steps to go over the rock fence. You will cross HWY 68, but be extremely careful and listen to make sure there are no cars coming. They come around that corner pretty fast, but you can hear them coming. On the other side, you will see the road going down to the landing.

There is a smaller gate on the right for hikers. It may be chained, but it does not have a lock. If you want to hike the trail, instead of the road, the trail starts a couple of hundred feet on the left. You cross over the stone fence, where there are steps. There is a sign, and usually there is a traffic cone there too. There is a pond right there. follow the trail down the scenic path. At one point at a curve in the trail, you will get a spectacular view of High Bridge.

When you get to the bottom of the stairs, at the end of the trail, follow the road on down to the landing. Instead of turning right towards the landing, go straight into the trees for a short distance to the waterfall on the left.

There is another trail that you can take, if you are coming down from the trail, across from the red barn, just as you coming into the landing area, there is a road on the right going back to the pump station on the river. follow that road until you are almost to the pumping station, you will see the trail turning off to the right. You can follow that straight back to the landing area, or just a short distance, after you turn back down this trail, you will see another trail going off to the right. (It is easy to miss, so watch for it.) This trail goes down along the river, and comes back up in the landing area. (Right now there is one place, along this trail, where a tree is down and you will have to walk around the tree, which is a little rough, but not too bad.)

There is a porto-potty at the landing. The trial can be strenuous for someone that can not walk up hills, because you are walking down to the river, but for most people that hike, it is not bad. If you go I hope you enjoy it and have a great time!

Some pictures along the river trail.

Icicles along the trail the week before Christmas
Icicles along the trail the week before Christmas
High Bridge from river trail
High Bridge from river trail
More Icicles on the trail
More Icicles on the trail
Base of waterfall near landing
Base of waterfall near landing
Along a cliff wall
Along a cliff wall
Looking up the cliff
Looking up the cliff
Waterfall along Shaker Landing road, just down from the stairs
Waterfall along Shaker Landing road, just down from the stairs

(I have a lot more pictures I wanted to post, but I can only access about 1/2 the pictures in my December 2016 folder, on WordPress. I am not computer savy, I just love to hike.):

 

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6 thoughts on “December Hikes on River Trail at Shaker Village

    1. I am still learning how to do this. I just found your comment to my blog. I love hiking a lot more than blogging, but I hope to draw more interest to Shaker Village. I always love to show people the trails! I know all 37 miles of them, and a lot more. They could stick me blindfolded anywhere on their property on or off the trails, ad I would have no trouble finding my way.

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  1. Great pics. Would love to make the trip with you someday. Then, while I ponder the river, you can walk up the hill and get the car. I need my “ponder” time…usually done at the bottom of a big hill next to a river!

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    1. I can’t wait to show you some of the places! Some are easy to get to. I am planning to go hiking today, in 21 degree, and pretty good wind chill and snow. I am excited! the trails are open again and I want to go see all my animal friends!

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