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River Walk Tinkers Creek @ Bedford Reservation

Tinker's Creek runs through Bedford Reservation.  The creek itself is very clear running, with a solid rock bottom most of the time.  Along the edge of the creek there are often very large, unstable walls to one side.  

Where to meet

We'll meet at the parking lot in the Hemlock Creek Picnic Area.

What to expect

A bridle trail runs along the northern edge of the creek, from the Hemlock Creek Picnic Area.  A smaller walking trail will often parallel this, running closer to the creek itself.  Eventually the bridle trail moves away from the creek and the hiking trail terminates against the creek, and there's where the fun begins.

We'll be walking north-east, upstream against the creek.  This will entail walking in the water, which usually doesn't go above the shins, though in some parts it will reach knee height.  One of the cool things about this creek is that it's cut grooves in the rock that it runs over, and that makes walking on it interesting and pretty.  In walking the creek itself, we'll see a lot of undisturbed forest.

At some point, we'll turn around and walk back, following the creek this time as well.  I expect we'll be out for a couple of hours.

Creek walking takes presence of mind.  There are some parts along the shore that are slippery, and of course walking the creek itself will take balance and you'll want to go slower than a normal hiking pace.

What to bring

Hiking shoes with good drainage.  Sandals, Vibram Five Fingers, or the like work well.

Hiking poles will help you keep your balance in the water, and can ease navigation through rapids.

Think shorts, skirts, or kilts rather than pants.  Did I mention we were going to be walking in water?

Dogs

I bet dogs would love this hike.  Expect to get wet!


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  • Maureen

    Thanks for today's hike. It was really beautiful

    August 31, 2013

  • Adam S.

    Very nice day, great time on the river. Pleased as always to regroup afterwards at the Tinker's Creek Tavern down the road.

    August 31, 2013

  • Adam S.

    It looks like we're going to get some intermittent rain tomorrow, but since we're going to be spending the majority of our time walking in a river anyway I don't see that as a hindrance. In fact, I'm kind of looking forward to seeing raindrops on the river.

    If getting rained on will prevent you from joining us on this hike, please update your RSVP.

    August 30, 2013

    • Adam S.

      As so often happens, it looks like my rain fear will be allayed. The forecast for tomorrow is now just "partly cloudy" the whole day. Looks like we've got a beautiful day ahead of us, riding in the high 70s.

      August 30, 2013

  • Maureen

    Hi guys, I'm excited to join. Adam-do you have a contact number we can use if we get lost? Also, what is the best address to put into mapquest? I'm new to the area. Thanks!

    August 30, 2013

    • Adam S.

      I've included a contact number below the venue address. If you click on the link of the venue address, it will being you to the location on Google Maps. You can print navigation directions from there.

      August 30, 2013

  • Holly J.

    Boo and I are a maybe...

    August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new here, usually go hiking on my own with my little dog. So, we'll be joining you for the first time this weekend. Looking forward to it!

    August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could attend, but I do not have water shoes for this type of walk...

    August 23, 2013

  • Holly J.

    I'm out of town but, just wanted to say that this is one of my favorite hikes of all time. Metroparks does it every year on the first Saturday of August!

    August 20, 2013

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