Nestled in the town of Kent, is a fabulous state park, Macedonia Brook. This trail is 6.7 miles that is challenging in parts, serene in others and overall a fun day hike.
If you go in summer, time it right for blueberry picking. The first part of the trail has a great path through blueberry bushes, easy picking for the hiker. Do this hike counterclockwise, it avoids having to descend the ledges of Cobble Mountain. At 4.3 miles the trickest part of the hike occurs, especially if you are short and lack good upper body strength. This is a rocky section that requires a leap of faith. The first time I did it, I needed someone to help pull me up and over the rock opening. The second time I was able to pull myself up. If you find this challenging, there is a way around it, if you choose this option, you miss out on Cobble Mountain, however.
Once you reach the summit of Cobble Mountain, the views are far reaching. This is the perfect spot to snack, while enjoying the view. On one of our hikes, we were able to see the Catskills. After enjoying the views, it is a short hike to the park. The park provides a nice picnic area next to the brook. The brook is a refreshing way to cool down hot tired feet after this hike.