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“A ride from The Deershead Inn in Elizabethtown NY on country roads to and through the trail system at Blueberry Hill.”
— Jim Reinhard
One of the delightful things about mountain biking in Elizabethtown is the ability to ride from the town to miles of beautiful and challenging single and doubletrack. This is one such ride that links to the entire Blueberry Hill trail system. There are several parking options at Blueberry Hill, if you would prefer to drive directly to the off road trails.
This ride makes a beeline on country roads directly to a challenging singletrack ending at a dramatic rock outcropping with views all the way to the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Need to Know
Don't miss the Otis Mountain System, also rideable from town to the south. Restaurants, B&Bs, markets, pharmacy and gas in E'town.
Starting from the Deershead Inn on Court St in Elizabethtown, ride north on Court St, turn left on Water St, right on Cross St, left on Roscoe Rd, and then left on the dirt Bronson Way
, which is the entrance to Blueberry Hill Trail system.
This is two miles of road that can be eliminated if you wish to drive up Bronson to several parking areas. Continue up Bronson an additional 1.9 miles to the entrance of the unmarked Rock Outcrop Spur
singletrack trail on the left. It is between the marked Cabin Trail on the right and Ridge
Trail to the left.
The additional 30-plus trails and 20-plus miles of the Blueberry system are accessible from the two-mile stretch of Bronson Way
The trail to the rock outlook follows several switchbacks with rock, root, sidehill and some steeper sections.
History & Background
The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the Town of Elizabethtown and were built for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, skiing and snowmobiling. Along this trail network, you'll find a lean-to with outstanding views of the Giant Mountain Wilderness. There are several other viewing areas within the trail system that are quite rewarding. Sugarhouse and a small cabin are also found on the property.
There are 30 different trails of different abilities and lengths. Many trails are link-up trails, joining other longer trails.
The trail network is part of a local initiative to give the community and visitors a place for recreation. The land was donated to Elizabethtown by the Holst Family back in 1980’s. Trails are well marked.
The terrain is a mix of hilly and flat routes with some following old woods roads. For a PDF map, click here.