White Pond Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carmel, NY that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
New York State Park on White Pond Road, Carmel, New York that provides water access for fishing and boating. Trail is moderate with rolling terrain. Start at the south end parking area, following trail markers over the small dam passing fishing dock and around the perimeter of the lake. Swampy area at north end can get muddy and wet in spring. In winter, look for bald eagles at the north end. Take trail back the way you came or take the road back as there is no trail on the west side of the lake. White Pond road is somewhat dangerous to walk on so an out and back is probably the best way to go.
The lake is beautiful, but the trail markers are sparse & are difficult to locate at times.
Other than that, it's a good hike that includes various terrains; flat, slight inclines by the back of the lake, and then walking along the road back to the parking area.
Nice look around the lake, mostly flat. West side of lake has no trails, so you have to run on the road, which is not that fun. Great views over the lake, though.
I watched out for other trails that may connect to Big Buck State Forest in the east, but did not see any. Would be nice extension of the loop, so I will keep looking.