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Muddy mess but very worth it

Very muddy . Not much there. Pond was ok

The trails are easy to walk and are a great place to practice tree identification (was an environmental science major in college). It’s a beautiful place with many opportunities to see wildlife and is a great place to take pictures.

5 days ago

Steep and rocky but short. Hiked this with my 10 and 11 year olds. Took about 20 minutes to reach the pond. Very beautiful. Nice place to swim. There were some rocks to jump off of. Didn't stay long because we were trying to beat the rain. Hoping to do it again before we leave Lake Placid.

Tried a reverse loop around the pond with my young son. Starting on the Hawk trail which was very poorly marked, as in not at all. The All Trails app made the nav. easy. But while traveling (bush whacking) along the side hill my son strained something. Nothing serious but enough he didn't want to continue. The rest of the trail may have been able to up the rating if we completed it. But definitely not kid friendly on the Hawk trail.

great trail...lush, maintained, quiet. not too hard. but is hilly!

Nice easy hike on a gravel road. Good for kids. Cool history and views up top.

Amazing hiking trail! It rained for the whole time we were on the trail but it was worth it. There are alot of elevation changes, just when you think you're at the top, you're not. We ended up missing a trail marker (our own fault) and hiking along the Finger Lakes Trail for a couple miles. Beautiful scenery though.

Trails are poorly marked & after about a mile in they're severely overgrown.

1 month ago

nice narrow path through the woods. lots of mosquitoes. hike up could be rough but after that its nice. good views of the lake.

Honestly hard to find but with the help from other comments i was able to find the falls. When arriving there’s a small trail near the bridge so don’t drive pass it like i did! The small falls was enjoyable to take photos and walk around in. Only difficulty i encountered was being able to see the large waterfall from below. If you continue for about 5 feet you’ll eventually see a rope... that’s the only way i found to get to my destination and since i really wanted photographs of the falls i took the rope down. But from experience, look for another route because if you don’t have balance and/or concentration it’s going to be a painful fall. Overall 4/5 loved the waterfall from below and above, water felt and the photos came out amazing.

2 months ago

Trail wasn’t very well marked. Great park with lakefront beach, tons of picnic tables and BBQ pits. A few nice playground sets for kids to play on. Overall a great park, just disappointed that the trails weren’t well marked.

2 months ago

Nice path but short

Boring, not much to see

The center is a great place to explore, however...

FYI for dog owners: Dogs (pets) are NOT allowed on these trails.

3 months ago

Easy trail and beautiful! Bring bug spray because you are hiking to a pond in the Adirondacks! The trail system links up with the buck mtn trail. Overall a great hike and my kids and I loved it!

3 months ago

A nice easy hike where you have views of some of the 3500ers and 67ers. Bugs were out in full effect.

Great for trail running and beautiful view of the Chenango River. Moderately busy, no elevation.

Awesome trail with lots of elevation changes and scenery changes as well. Not an easy trail but definitely hikeable for most.

Easy climb, but not a lot of grand sweeping views except at the beginning and the trail markers could stand to be touched up. But overall, a good warm up hike.

7 months ago

Actually did this trail by starting at Owens Pond and coming down Copperas, which totaled about 4 miles. Owens is more scenic. Also, I certainly you wouldn’t want to have started the walk climbing up from the copperas trailhead. Nice little leanto at the pond though.

Sunny and cold winter day. Challenging in the snow but the view of the lake was worth it!

9 months ago

Nice, easy hike around a picturesque pond. Make sure you go to the rock overlook on the pond’s west end. Bushwhack to the north and meet up with end of the trail on the north side. The whole loop is slightly over 3.5 miles with a few hundred feet of elevation gain.

10 months ago

if your not from the area be warned it is on private property, but the family doesn't seem to mind people use it.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail, not many people. Ride through a lot of farm land which is cool. If coming from Ulster County you may want to start in Stamford or Roxbury and ride west. We did the opposite starting in Bloomville riding east and you end up riding past the same areas you drove past. Bloomville is super cute town though

mountain biking
10 months ago

Really lovely and flat ride. Definitely need a Mt bike if using wheels. terrain is combo of dirt paths, loose rocks/gravel and grass covered stretches. Otherwise, seems like a suitable hike for a family as it is not physically strenuous. Nice area to take in the fall foliage!

this was a beautiful trail however I would say its easy. most of the way you follow an old road and for a little bit you follow an actual trail. beautiful hike though

11 months ago

I drove up the road in my 4x4. Very bumpy, rocky, and some washed out places. Lots of communication towers at the top. It would be a nice easy hike also. Would be a great mountain bike road too!!

nice birdwatching spots on these trails right near the Chenango river.. the views to take ur breath away

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