Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Taconic Trail State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trail. I hiked it last weekend in the rain.

A very nice trail. Well marked and relativity easy for a family hike A real nice mixture of pine, birch, beech and maple trees. The trail follows the stream the entire hike and offers lots of access to nice views of the water. Above average hike.

I found this trail a little confusing. When you get to where the GPS takes you, there is no where to park except a little patch of pavement that is on the side of the road that has private property signs up (and the road kind of feels like someone's driveway) . The beginning of the trail is marked, with a DEC sign in book. The problem is that the trail runs alongside private property, and after going a little more than 2 miles in, the DEC trail markers stopped and different ones picked up, so we really weren't sure if we were allowed to go any further. Other than our confusion it was a nice hike (we never made it up to the falls, but followed the creek up which was nice).

Decent trail and work out. Took me 3.5 hours with half hour on the summit and several stops for photos. Rated a 4 based on birding, tons of warblers. Also saw a great horned owl and a grouse. Not the trail for you if you are looking for a nice summit view.

A fine, well marked trail with pretty waterfalls.

walking
10 months ago

Terribly marked, feels like you're on private property, hard to find, dog that lives at the house next to the trailer was adorable trying to bark us away. We just put our hands up and looked terrified to make him feel strong. Pretty little pools of water though.

hiking
10 months ago

This hike starts off pretty steep, but overall isn't too hard if you take your time during the steep portions. Most of the hike is a wonderful walk through nature, with some breaks in the trees and a wide variety of flora. The surroundings are beautiful, and I saw several birds along the trail, as well as some deer near the peak. The trail is clearly marked, but the trailhead is off to the right side of the parking lot (there are several paths that look like trailheads, but they appear to be shorter trails/loops that do not follow the Taconic Ridge). Just follow the blue markers and you will be fine!

hiking
11 months ago

Trailhead entrance is not clearly marked. Entered trail at what we believed was the entrance, there were a lot of interesections in the trail, ended up on a trail that looped back to the trailhead in a little over a mile. Suggest more signage and trail markers.

hiking
Friday, February 10, 2017

Time of Year: winter
Conditions: Icy and cold, fresh powder on top of ice

First mile would have been much worse if I did not have micro-spikes due to the steep incline covered in ice- was a load of fun on the way down though!
After the first mile, it flattened out mostly, with a +/- incline at about 30 degrees. Summit view was not satisfying, as it was very foggy.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Very nice hike, manageable distance. Was not impressed with the view at the summit. We did go on a very foggy day though. Be wary of pot holes when you park.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A very nice gradual ascent to the Taconic crest Trail with a nice swimming hole about a mile from the trailhead just a warning there was a ground hornet nest right on the trail. Ouch. Stung 10 times

hiking
Friday, August 12, 2016

I got to say this was a fun moderate trail. It start off with it changing elevation up and down. Once you get around 2.4 miles it starts to get steep and the ascent truly begins. Me and my brother did this and we had to stop a few things to catch our breath. Overall it was a challenge for us and it could be rated as hard. There was a nice small waterfall that we got to see but nothing at the end but a branch off to two other trails.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Posted on both sides of road. There isn't even a trailhead anywhere near the location market this app takes you to

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Nice hike; great clearing at the summit. Took around an hour and 15 minutes to get to the summit from the parking lot. Starts very steep but then becomes much more gradual.

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Nice day out. Hike was very cool as most of it is in the shade. That being said it was very buggy and those who did not wear bug repellent had a hard time. The trail was clearly marked and easily passable. Parking is limited I would say 3 car max or 2 larger vehicles. It's just a small pull off on the road right across from the trail . The waterfall was decent and was easily spotted from the trail. It had rained in the morning so the trail was covered with salamanders .

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Easy hike with a a very short steep incline until you meet Taconic trail. I passed the trail at first, not any big signs to tell you where trail starts but across from trail there is a spot to park maybe 2-3 cars on dirt road. Two places to go down to stream and see water. But that's about it. No viewpoint at top.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

I took my wife to this trail, also called the Taconic Crest Trail. There is a small parking lot part way up on the left on Mattison Hollow Rd. The trail is well groomed by DEC and not very difficult. Wife was annoyed by some insects but loved the waterfall. There was also a lot of white rock - quartz?, used for rock walls.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Made it 1.5 miles past the last waterfall till we seen 2 Cubs immediately turned around about a mile later seen the mom on our way back standing on a ridges looking down at us. So close to the crest. Did see Fresh scat on the trail- real fresh. Other then that good hike.

Monday, April 18, 2016

nice easy hike, very little traffic, very limited parking.

Friday, December 04, 2015

I loved this trail, it was a steady uphill walk and the last stretch to where it Mets the taconic ridge trail was quite challenging and steep. I did it in late November with my dog and he loved it too, can't wait to go back in the summer...

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tough steep climb right at the beginning! Followed the TCT signs, well marked and nice path. Lots of side trails though. Wish there was a sign at the top! Great exercise for me and my dog.

hiking
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Was a very nice trail through the forest. Following a brook that we crossed a few times. Very quiet and peaceful. The last half mile was quite steep and there is no view to be had at the summit this time of year. A turnaround at the state line would make for an easy afternoon walk.

hiking
Sunday, August 23, 2015

This was one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. The environment was so lovely. The sights and the sounds put me in such a good mood. :) Would love to go back and explore more!

hiking
Sunday, August 02, 2015

My boyfriend and I did this trail two days in a row, we loved it so much! The trail is well maintained and extended very far beyond the swimming holes, which we really enjoyed. The first day we were there we stayed on the DEC trail, as well as the Taconic Crest Trail. The second day we walked up to the swimming holes, which are to the left of the DEC Trail sign, and hiked back to the start of the Mattison Hollow Trail through Kronk Brook (the brook that runs along the trail).

Some buddies and I accidently hiked this trail. We were intending to take an easy trail called the WRLF Loop and took a left towards Berlin Mt. when we should have taken a right towards the old Williams College Ski slope. This trail is rated double diamond for a reason. There were parts that were quite steep and the return trip down the old ski slope was challenging because of the pitch of the slope. The trail info says that it is a 1.2 hour hike but I can't imagine that happening. It took us at least three but then again two of us were over 50.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Great hike. Mt grey lock is visible from the top on a clear day.

hiking
Thursday, January 02, 2014

We enjoyed this trail on a humid July afternoon up to the TCT intersection and then explored some of the TCT as well. The trail was in pretty good shape with a few offshoots that we explored that were a bit overgrown. Appears to be a camping spot near the intersection as well.

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