How to Spend an Afternoon at the Mianus River Gorge

Photo of the Mianus River Gorge in autumnSituated in Bedford, New York, the Mianus River Gorge Preserve offers 755 acres of rich woodland and old-growth forest less than an hour away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. The Preserve provides a habitat for hundreds of species of animals, fungi, and organisms in the soil and water, as well as various types of trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, and ferns. Just a 20-minute drive from Stanton House Inn, the Mianus River Gorge is a great place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of nature! Here are some of the things you’ll see at this untouched strip of natural beauty along the border between Bedford, NY, and Pound Ridge, New York.

History of the Mianus River Gorge

It’s believed that tens of thousands of years ago, a glacier blocked the Mianus River from flowing, and as the glacier melted, it formed a large lake at the present site of Bedford Village. When the dam for this lake broke, the huge flow of water started the formation of the Gorge, which continues to this day. Now a National Historic Landmark, the Mianus River Gorge has remained virtually untouched by man since it was carved out of granite many years ago.


The Mianus River Gorge Preserve is home to a wide variety of important plants and animals. Coyotes and bobcat are frequently spotted in the area, preying on squirrels, mice, and even white-tailed deer. The gorge also provides an ideal habitat for reptiles and amphibians including lizards, frogs, and salamanders, who seek shelter and breed in the standing pools of water throughout the spring and summer months.

Outdoor Recreation

To discover the Gorge’s unique ecology and history firsthand, feel free to explore its five miles of scenic, guided trails. The rugged hiking paths are narrow and winding, giving guests the chance to experience the peace and serenity of remote wilderness. Before you head out, be sure to stop by the Mianus River Park shelter where you can learn more about the Preserve, then grab a trail map and get out there!


The Gorge also offers a number of educational programs and tours throughout the year, including the popular early-morning bird walk through the forest. Here, guests will have the opportunity to spot a variety of beautiful birds including the Acadian Flycatcher, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, and Worm-eating Warbler. Be sure to check their website frequently for upcoming events! The Preserve is open April through November from 8:30 AM to 5 PM.

Book Your Stay at the Stanton House Inn!

A trip to the Mianus River Gorge is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, and our beautiful Greenwich bed and breakfast provides the perfect homestead between adventures! Our comfortable rooms and suites will help you unwind, and our manicured gardens and grounds are ideal for a relaxing stroll after a long day. We can’t wait to hear about what you discover at the Gorge!


For more information on the best area attractions, including the Bush Holley House, the Indian Harbor Yacht Club, and Great Captains Island, download our free Greenwich vacation guide.

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