The Rim Gulf Loop combines the North Trail and the South Trail offering cavernous views to Whetstone Creek. The hike begins on a wide path through a mixed hardwood forest of oak, maple, beech and ash. Beautiful moss and fern grace the pathways and forest floor. During the warmer months you'll want to keep an eye out for the wildflower, Indian Pipe. If beginning along the south rim, there is an opportunity to take a small side trip right which offers an overlook. There are several more overlooks from the south rim before reaching Corrigan Road, where you'll cross over the bridge then reenter the trail on the other side which is now North Trail. When the foliage is off the trees you are offered wonderful 350' deep gorge views from many areas along the trail. Summer views are limited but just as impressive. As you proceed farther down the trail, you'll notice that the forest now includes a sprinkling of hemlock and aspen. As the main trail heads back to its origin, it can be steep and slick when wet. At about 5 miles, you'll see the picnic area and summer swimming hole.
Directions: From Lowville, NY, Travel 6 miles south along SR 26 and the Whetstone Creek. Park in the first parking lot to access the trail(s).
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
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