Posted on June 15, 2021 and last updated on June 25, 2021

Parks Pond Bluff, Clifton


  • Preserve Size: N/A
  • Trail Mileage: 0.5 miles one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Sights: Parks Pond, great view

This is a popular place for rock climbing, and offers routes suitable both for beginners and more advanced climbers, according to this site (I don’t rock climb, too afraid of heights, but the main cliff face doesn’t seem too imposing). Hikers will enjoy the amazing views of the pond and hills from atop the cliff.

Though the trail system is unmarked, it is easy to follow the two short and fairly easy trails that leave the small unsigned parking area off Route 9. The 0.5-mile trail to your left, if you’re facing away from the road, heads up to the top of the bluff, while the 0.4-mile trail below takes you to the bottom of the cliff. From the top of the cliff, someone has scratched out a narrow path in what appears to be an attempt to connect the upper and lower trails, but this path peters out and is steep and hard to follow.

The hike to the cliff top is not too steep, making this a good spot to take children.

Directions: From the intersection of Route 180 and Route 9, follow Route 9 east for 2.7 miles, passing Parks Pond on your right to a small grassy pullout on your right, big enough for two to three cars. It is a bit beyond the pond-side lane, Campbell Lane.


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