Posted on December 2, 2019 and last updated on December 02, 2019

Eagle Bluff, Clifton


  • Preserve Size: 160 acres
  • Trail Mileage: .4 miles to summit
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Sights: mountain views, famous climbing wall, Cedar Swamp pond

The 900-foot Eagle Bluff is wonderful whether you’re up high—and standing at the open top, looking out over expansive views—or you’re low, standing at the base and looking up at the formidable cliff face. The Clifton Climber Alliance worked to protect this amazing spot for hikers and climbers. It satisfies both itches!

The .4 mile trail from the trailhead to the summit is not marked but is easy to follow. It is, however, quite steep—the elevation gained is about 540 feet. When the path splits, after 500 feet or so, go left to reach the summit. The path to the right takes you to the cliff base—definitely check this out if you have time.

Directions: From the junction of Routes 9 and 180 in Clifton, drive 2.5 miles down 180. The small parking area for the trailhead will be on the left. A sign stating the area is under state police surveillance has been posted to a tree visible from the road.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!