Stone Valley Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Stone Valley Trail is a 7.2 mile out and back trail located near Potsdam, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.2 miles 964 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

whitewater kayaking

cross country skiing

forest

river

waterfall

snowshoeing
23 days ago

Great winter hike and snowshoe walk (we were with cross country skiers who had a harder time, we'd recommend against trying to ski). Trail runs along the river which is beautiful, full of rapids and falls. If you park near the power station (not the Colton side) the trailhead is a little tricky to find. Walk past the station and stay left, follow the fence around the water tower and the trail is on your right just next to the base of the water tower, marked with blue diamond tree markers.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous trail! So many waterfalls, and it was so well marked. We did the trail end to end, and it took us 3.5 hrs. (that included stopping to take pictures)

5 months ago

I never found any of the falls that are pictured on here. trail wasn't marked...I need up in someone's driveway and walk on tbe road back to car. good excercise...but trail needs work...I was disapointed

5 months ago

The falls are beautiful and offer some good bouldering spots when the water is low. Absolutely gorgeous

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

8 months ago

Terrific day hike! Excellent views of the river and relaxing hike through the woods.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail. Lots of ups and downs, well maintained. Nice spots to stop and admire the view.

hiking
1 year ago

Completed a portion of this trail today. Like some of the other commenters the trail head is not very well marked, luckily I had read these comments before we went so I was watching closely but even then we drove past and had to turn back.

Trails are great for the whole family, we went with four kids aged from 4-9 and didn't have any concerns. Some trail turns could use a bit better marking but overall really great place and can't wait to go back and explore some more.

1 year ago

Made the full loop. Beautiful.

hiking
1 year ago

Fantastic hike that fit well into our limited time constraints.
We didn't have a lot of time for a hike today, so we decided to just go as far as we had time for and turn around. We lucked out and got an absolutely beautiful autumn day. The river, falls and foliage were all spectacular. The entire family agreed this was well worth the visit, and we wished we had more time.
We parked on Riverside Drive in Colton (just a little north and across the river from the intersection of 68 and 56) near the fire station. There is a small parking lot at the turn-around at the end of the street, but it was pretty full when we got there. This is the southern starting point for the trails on the eastern side of the river. Using a PDF map of Stone Valley from Potsdam.edu, which had numbered points of interest, we hiked almost to #5 (High Terrace) before turning around.
The trail was well marked with signs that gave a little information about the river and also showed you where you were along the trail. This was especially helpful to us since we had limited time and wanted to make the most of it.
A great hike that allowed us to get out and enjoy the scenery without a large time commitment.

1 year ago

Trail was awesome! I gave it a 4 only because it was difficult to find. The trail head was not well marked and the registration points were into the trail a bit. Once you find it, you've got a real gem. I suggest going in from the Lenny road entrance and if you are doing the loop, it is a bit confusing at the end - which is the power house- there are 3 ways to go, just take the road out. This is not well marked at all .. Had to use google earth to get out :/. Overall it's an AWESOME trail !! Great views , some up and downs but nothing terrible. Great easy hike. Would be awesome for mountain biking or trail running !!!!

birding
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful trail!

1 year ago

Beautiful trail - great for a beginning hiker and lots of great photo ops for the photography enthusiast.

hiking
1 year ago

One of my favorite trails ever. The falls are spectacular and the trail is a nice combination of up and down hill. If this trail were in Rocky Mountain National Park you would have a parking lot, an overflow lot and a park and ride to get to the parking lot. it would be ridiculously crowed. In Colton NY however, we were the only ones on the trail. Magical.

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

My boys and I had an amazing hike on August 15, 2013. It was our 2nd hike of the week and I think they are hooked.

hiking
3 years ago