Peter's Rock to Holywell Park
|Make advance camping reservations at Holywell for after the hike.|
Time: 2 hours one-way. Difficulty: 3. Trailhead: Peter's Rock (above), reached after a 2-hour trek from Jack's Hill.
If you decide to walk all the way from Jack's Hill to the 300-acre Holywell Recreational Park, you'll probably want to overnight in the park so you can explore the many area trails.
Camping is inexpensive. You can rent one of the three cabins but they must be booked in advance (876/924-2667). Understandably, many people come up from Kingston on weekends to take advantage of the always cool climate (4,000 feet).
To reach Holywell from Peter's Rock, go south to pick up the paved road that will take you uphill to the village of Woodford. Go past the post office.
Near the last refreshment stand on the right, turn left and go uphill via a dirt road. A little over 30 minutes later you'll encounter a T section in the road. Turn left.
You'll walk another hour before arriving at the concrete posts and metal gate that mark the Hollywell recreational area.
Enter the park and in a few minutes you'll reach the picnic tables and shelters and the cabins for overnighting. A large information board outlines the area's many trails.
If you plan to spend any time here, make sure you have rain gear. About 100 inches of liquid sunshine falls annually.