Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

This should just be called "Snow Hole" and it's not difficult. Maybe we could rate it as Moderate for the average hiker, but if you're a trail runner, you can run the majority of it. Great trail though. Some views, varied terrain and, of course, the amazing Snow Hole.

Really awesome trail, everything was clearly marked and the views were stunning. will come back again.

Not actually difficult but a fun trail with lots to explore, diverse forest and the snow hole is pretty sweet!

Nice 6 mile round trip to snow hole and back. The trail starts across the street from parking lot. Cool quartz rock formations.

The directions on this hike are very inaccurate. The address listed for the start of the hike on Sloan Road is for the Farm Field Reservation, and it's a network of flat trails around the farm. We asked a local, and located the parking lot for the Phelps Trail on Oblong Rd, between Sloan Rd and Rt 43. It's 1.5 miles up to the Taconic Crest Trail, then a right 2 miles to Berlin Mt. We only reached the TCT, having wasted lots of time finding the trailhead. Very steep hike, but loved the stone fences along the way.

Echoing prior reviews, this is NOT a hard/difficult hike. There's a bit of steep trail as soon as you start from the road, otherwise easy to occasionally moderate grade. Excellent when there's foliage and flowers, great when there's not because it opens up the views around you.

great trail for the family 5.9 miles just perfect for nice day hike. lots of great views and easy to moderate terrain. well maintained and marked trail system. make for a great day!!!

Beautiful hike and the snow hole is very cool! You can walk all the way down inside and cool off for a bit. This hike is not hard and should definitely be rated easy to moderate. There's a few steep sections but overall it's flat and easy. We saw a lot of families hiking with kids. Took us about 2 hrs total. As other people said, take note that the trail entrance is across the street from the parking lot, marked with a blue & white marker. There's was still a tiny bit of snow in the hole in the beginning of August!

This was a nice hike. The crest peak views could of been better. Saw a bear about 1.5 miles in on middle of trail, that was great!!

Muddy at times, to be expected. Still snow in the snow hole.

posted private property. can still see yellow trail markers but rigjt above marked no tresspassing..

11 months ago

I don't know who rated this trail as easy, but it most definitely is not. I made the mistake of wearing sandals to hike and bringing my five year old lol. It's a moderate grade if you start going counter clockwise, I couldn't imagine trying to hike up the actual ski trail. Coming down it was difficult enough. Another bad choice was doing this hike on an 85 degree day. Altogether it was decent hike, 75% is shaded by the woods, provides a good workout, and there is a view at the top of Berlin Mountain. Just make sure to wear suitable shoes, try hiking on a not so hot day, and be prepared to take your time down the ski slope (possibly landing on your bottom a couple times .)

Was a beautiful 8 mile out and back hike. Beautiful flowers and I loved snow hole. Moderate hike

We knocked this out in the pouring rain. Had a blast Dogs were a damn mess.

I would not mark this trail as hard. There's a short initial ascent that uses some stamina, but I would really says this hike is easy to moderate. The snow hole was nice.

Nice hike, even in November. Be careful crossing the highway to get to the trail head. One of the best views is at the beginning of the hike.

A good hike. The trail is really well marked with white diamonds on blue squares. The trail is directly across from the parking lot entrance. There is a little trail markers but it is currently damaged and not the easiest thing to see.

It starts off pretty steep but most of the hike isn't as steep as the beginning. There are several beautiful look out spots along the way. The trail was muddy in a few spots but in most cases there were boards or an easy way around the worst of the muck.

There was no snow there (but we got snow the next day so that's okay). The snow hole has some interesting etchings into the rocks from visitors. If you hike out to it, take some time to look at the names and the years.

Always love visiting the snow hole!

I would classify this as a moderate hike. Good length and decent scenery. Relatively quiet

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Williams Trail is between 3 and 4 miles long. My GPS measured it as about 3.5 miles. If you travel counter-clockwise around the loop, the trail is close to 3 miles up Berlin Mountain and about 0.5 miles downhill. The downhill was formerly a ski slope and is quite steep near the bottom. There were lots of wild flowers on the steep portion of the trail.

There are several other trails that share paths with this loop and there are not always trail markers indicating which way to go. If you are going counter-clockwise then whenever the trail has a fork then keep taking the path on the left and if you are going clockwise then keep taking the trail on the right.

Great hike out to Snow Hole. cool off spot were the snow could have been.

what a great hike

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Really enjoyed this hike. First mile is somewhat of a steep hike.... then mostly levels out. Very well marked, heavily wooded. Nice view at the top. Never saw another person on route. Bring sufficient water and gear. I will definitely return.

The goal was snowhole but there wasn't any snow to be seen. Not surprising considering the tame winter in this part of the northeast. Still, it's an easy hike to an odd geographical sight & the Victorian era graffiti is interesting. Some worthwhile views along the way.

great hike views on clear day are worth it.. wind turbines and grey lock in the distance, bring water, this is a semi,tough hike

Hiked this trail off the Rt 2 Petersburgh parking lot with Snowhole as our goal. The trail was partially covered in packed snow which was slippery at times however we enjoyed the hike. Look forward to hiking other parts of this trail system.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

I too was surprised at how steep the climb , starting from Rt 346 in Petersburg . Nice to be in woods. Very well marked.

Nice walk in the woods. The trail from the route 20 crossing in Hancock is a bit confusing to follow. multiple trails cross the trail here. The marking here vary between a white diamond and blue with a white diamond.

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