When you visit Brookby Farm on a nice weekend, we highly recommend exploring the area around us. The Harlem Valley is home to wide variety of outdoor recreation and other activities. We included hyperlinks to some of our favorite activities to do in the area down below.
Also check out Dutchesstourism.com for a more in-depth guide to Dutchess County.
30 miles of the Appalachian trail passes right through our backyard in Dutchess County.
Location: Look for trail crossing signs with triangle at State Rt. 52, 4 mi. east of Taconic Parkway, parking on north side of road. The Trail enters the Pawling Nature Reserve and continues into Wingdale, a hamlet of Dover, crossing Leather Hill & Duell Hollow Roads. The Trail returns to State Rt 55, just east of the CT border.
Click the hyperlink below for The Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community (Dover & Pawling) Map
Dover Stone Church
Just a short 10 minute drive from our farm, Dover Stone Church is a nature preserve whose highlight is a stunning rock formation and waterfall in a cave. It was used by Native Americans as a hideout in the 17th century, and then for weddings in the 19th century.
According to legend from the 1600s, a Pequot Sachem, Sassacus, hid in the cave to escape capture by the English. Since the 1800s, numerous artists have painted, sketched and etched its enigmatic beauty.
Recently 50 acres were added to it, thanks to Dutchess Land Conservancy.
Click the hyperlinks below: