The Seager trail starts at the parking area at the end of Dry Brook Road, just past the covered bridge, in Arkville and it’s two miles of probably the most picturesque valley that I’ve ever hiked in the Catskills. New to both hiking and the countryside in general, I was introduced to the Seager Trail back in 2007. It was my maiden hike, if you like, and one of the most beautiful introductions I’ve ever experienced.
It’s an easy hike alongside a very wide brook with large stones of various shades of grey, with the faintest hints of pink and purple. A short distance from the parking area, the trail opens up into a wide open expanse that is a carpet of smooth rocks at a confluence of two waterways. Yesterday it was covered in a multitude of yellow coltsfoot and a magical sight to behold when emerging from the dark trail into the sunlight. A large downed tree has completely changed this part of the trail, having created a reasonably sized swimming hole that’s very attractive to furry, black Labradors. Further along, there’s a waterfall that fills a deep watering hole that’s about five to six feet deep, and bone-numbingly cold even in the summer, into which you can flop after a hot day’s worth of hiking.
The Seager Trail consists of several brooks and water crossings. There will be plenty of slipping and splashing along this trail and thus, it necessitates waterproof boots and a spare pair of socks. Moreover, Catskill Mountaineer says that it’s easy to get lost on this hike, but you’re mindful you can follow the main brook upstream and then, return downstream to your car. It’s blazed yellow, so stay attentive.
In fact, this is the perfect hike on which to bring unprepared city visitors, as it’s perfect going for flip-flops or waterproof sandals and impromptu picnics during which guests can meander, meditate or sit on a rock in the middle of a flowing stream and ruminate: an Upstate Dispatch favorite.