2021, Day Hikes, Hudson Valley

Sun. 11/28/2021: Thanksgiving Hike to Black Rock Forest Mineral Springs Trail

“In every walk in Nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir, naturalist

Enjoy the magnificent fall foliage in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley with a guided, meditative hike to connect with nature and ourselves. This hike takes us to the Old Mineral Springs trail of the Black Rock Forest. Located west of Route 9W in the town of Cornwall, NY on the west side of the Hudson River, we will explore a forest that has been extensively preserved and researched for a century. In a short 4-mile hike, we will get to explore a varied landscape where waterfalls, streams, ponds, wooded areas intertwined, resulting in a highly diversified and rich habitat for plants and animals.

Much of the hike will be observed in silence but we will integrate meditation practices throughout the day — allowing our senses to come alive and our sense of separateness fall away. Turning our attention inward allows us to become receptive to both of our outer and inner experiences. The dynamic outdoor conditions will be a perfect container for mindfulness practices. We will have lunch by a pond.

The hike will be approximately from 10am – 3:30pm.

After the hike we will also stop by the nearby Jones Farm to pick up farm fresh bakery goods and produce, as well as visit the animals.

Who: Lin Gordon

When: 9:45am-3:30pm, Sunday, November 14, 2021

Where: Black Rock Forest – Mineral Springs Trail

Length and Elevation: Approximately 3.9 miles, 725 ft elevation – Relatively moderate hike featuring a waterfall. There are sections of ups and downs, please bring hiking poles and wear proper hiking shoes.

Meeting Time: We’ll meet at the trail head at 9:45am. 

Meeting Location: 2-16 Old Mineral Springs Rd, Highland Mills, NY 10930

Carpool: We will send out a carpooling sign up sheet 7 days before the hike. Please register by 10/15 to get on the carpool list.

We aim to start the hike at 10am.

No prior meditation experience needed.

Maximum enrollment: 18 people

Registration Fee: Sliding scale from $30 – $80. Registration opens in September through nyimc.org.

Registration closed 3 days before the program start.



  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Comfortable athletic clothing in layers so you can adjust accordingly – (cottons are discouraged)
  • Wool socks (if possible)
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

NY Insight COVID Protocol for outdoor In-Person programs:
All participants must be vaccinated – Proof of vaccination is required.
All participants must register before attending NYInsight all forms of gatherings (sanghas included.)
All participants must wear masks.
All participants must follow social distancing guidelines by keeping 6’ apart.

Disclaimer: Procedures adhere to current CDC guidelines.
Changes may be applied at any time, based on CDC guidelines.
For the health and safety of our staff and community, please do not come onsite if you are feeling unwell.