mriver-autumnOur first hike for 2014-15 is scheduled for Thursday, September 11 in the 400 acre Mianus River Park which straddles the towns of Stamford and Greenwich and is owned jointly by them.  Those who hiked the Mianus River Gorge last year may be particularly interested in exploring the trails on this downstream stretch of the river. We will hike approximately 4 miles and, starting at 10am, be done by about 12.30 pm.

As usual, participation by spouses, significant others and friends is welcome. The hike will be followed by lunch at a Stamford restaurant (optional).

Meet in the parking lot at the Stamford entrance of the Mianus River Park on Merriebrook Lane, off Westover Road. Park on the lower level, just below the large red cabin on the right side of Merriebrook Lane.

The Mianus River begins its spectacular 20-mile journey to Long Island Sound by flowing north into Bedford, NY near the Greenwich border. Geologists say that the Mianus originally continued north to the Hudson River. However, during the last Ice Age, rock deposits from melting glaciers forced the river to turn south just below Bedford’s Indian Hill. Today, the river flows south-southeast from Bedford through Mianus River Gorge Preserve and into Stamford.

Between Westover Road and Valley Road, the river turns southwest into Greenwich, where it flows through Mianus Pond, over a dam near Rt. 1 into Cos Cob Harbor and, finally into Long Island Sound