Explore the most popular hiking trails in Shenipsit State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

2 months ago

Lightly trafficked trail with so many bugs that it was difficult to see ahead. Besides, until you reach the actual trail, which is about a mile from the parking, the passing cars and trucks kick up a lot of dust. We went there end of August, and unless there’s a better time to visit, we won’t be going back again!

Hiked the path ... the part up to the top on the toad is easy and nice.

Tried the part back through the woods to loop around. Hardly and markers, except one 20 feet from the end.

So if you just hike the road and back ... very nice
If you are trying the woods on the loop back you need AllTrails and enough battery on your phone or you will get lost.

Simply beautiful and so peaceful.

Quite buggy today but a fairly easy hike through beautiful country! Went in through Parker Rd, little difficult finding white dot trail, had to back track down Soapstone Rd but was worth following through woods and off road. Will definitely go back and explore other trails through park and looking forward to see fire tower refurbished and reopened again.

This is the best place to go!! Beautiful view if you're willing to go up the broken tower....still worth it. All time favorite spot

Trails have lots of rocks jutting up and tree roots but it is a pleasant walk. I went on a Tuesday so I am guessing it gets more busy on the weekends. I walked for an hour and a half. Encountered one mountain biker, one dog walker and one couple. Nice and quiet. Just the way I like it.

Took the dirt road up by accident but followed the blue rectangle/white circle trail back down. Dirt road was boring, but the walk down was more enjoyable. Nice view at the top.

Great for walking with dogs. Not very crowded and plenty of trails for exploring.

nature trips
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Just walked to the trails leading to the tower when there was access to it back in 2006 & 2012. Nothing really exciting to see. It's pretty much a place to make out w your significant other. The trails are not difficult at all. Easy enough for a 3 y/o to walk through it.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The first mile and a half is basically a road. The summit is a No Trespassing zone with a bunch of electrical stuff on top...and there's only a small view halfway up the road. The road/trail eventually turns into a real trail and loops around the mountain. My dog loved it and it was short and easy for her. I won't be back though.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Cool place

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

has nice technical climbs and decent decents for biking

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

trails arent marked clearly but it was a nice technical xc with some short lived decents

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nice Sunday afternoon walk. My GPS cut out and we ended up tacking on 2 miles to the hike. Lots of summer woodland blooms and butterflies.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

This hike was very easy, good for a beginner, I thought there would be more of a sight up at the peak of the mountain. But, all the trees cover it. The look out tower was also closed when I went. I feel like this hike would have been more better if the tower was open. Also, while going down the mountain, the markings for the trails are not marked as clear as should be. We ended up getting off track a few times.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Nice trails in the area, low traffic for a beautiful Saturday. Fire tower at top is closed and is covered in graffiti. Fresh tree removal near the picnic area at the top, nice views. Looks like some drive up but most were parking at bottom and hiking around.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Good trail, a bit of a mix of paved road, dirt road, horse/mountain biking trail, and regular foot trail. The view from the top was nice, even though we went while it was cloudy and rainy out. I would suggest this trail as a running trail as well for those that don't mind the rocky parts and the up and down hills. The only thing that was a little annoying was the lack of markings. There were tons of different trails branching off of the main trail I was trying to follow, none of them were marked, including the trail on the map here, so you have to really pay attention to your GPS and try to stick with the trail on the map, unless you feel like exploring of course. Besides that it was a beautiful little trail, I carried my baby and a backpack up it, along with having my dog with me.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Great hike for snowshoeing not to rocky and a rewarding view once you reach the top!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Great trail and Well marked. Good for fall hiking.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Beautiful trails but there are some areas that are difficult to hike especially going up hill.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Good, easy hike, only took a couple of hours with relaxing breaks at points. Would definitely recommend for families and/or people who want to have a nice hike with their dog!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

I got there and it was OK. I was expecting to hike up to the tower but found out that it was closed when I got there. Was not many sites to see but it was a quiet hike. I will most likely not be returning to this place

Saturday, May 28, 2016

loved it initially, but yes the trail markings arent very clear and are worn down, got lost on the way back about 2 miles out and had to back track, just pay close attention and dont let your dog lead lol

Friday, May 27, 2016

Beautiful views, and a well maintained path going up! Definitely a beginners track. My dog loved it

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Great for young kids!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Trail map is unclear when actually hiking

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

It was a nice scenic hike, peaceful as well. I would recommend it.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Easy hike up to the tower, which is closed but that didn't stop anyone from going up it. We tried the loop afterwards but found the trails were poorly marked. Bring the all trails app to be sure not to get lost!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

LOOKOUT TOWER IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! Decent trail if you're looking for something to do with the family, but too easy for an experienced hiker. I followed the Shenipsit trail up and back. Very short and rocky. with the look out tower closed and many leaves still on the trees there was no view at all. Was lots of graffiti. Waste of my time.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Great little hike, very easy and with options and a very decent view for your efforts!

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