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

Very easy trail - beautiful waterfall. Lots of dipping spots to cool off. Dog loved playing in the water. Not much to see after the waterfall - but very relaxing and mostly shaded.

Wet, muddy, lots of streams and you step over stones to cross, which can be fun. Mixed acreage and roads connect several reservoirs, really nice view of Hudson from Black Rock peak. They have an education building for school kids and there are minnows in some streams, nice. Tons of trails, got off trail several times, should have planned colors of flags ahead of time for whole loop.

hiking
29 days ago

Very nice hike, good mix of elevation, scrambles and pathways.

We parked up at the reservoir road parking at around 9:45am, no other cars there; then followed the yellow trail scramble up to the reservoir, followed by the yellow/teal trail pretty much all the way around the first figure eight route shown on the map. Total around 7-7.5 miles, took around 3.5 hours, with some nice passes of the other lakes/reservoirs, but no waterfalls. Trails very easy to follow.

Lots of vibrant colored vegetation, and small wildlife, and we saw a discarded snake skin on the black rock mountain viewpoint rocks, and a large timber rattlesnake about half a mile from the main car park, so keep your eyes open!

Quite a hard hike to folllow at times. Checking in regularly on the AllTrails map stopped me from making too many lengthy mistakes! There’s a parking area for 5 cars and the trail starts on the opposite side of the road, a little bit to the right of the parking area. A couple of fantastic views. The rest of it is mainly nice walking in the woods. Enjoyable hike.

It’s not too hard of a train but I had a 6 month old strapped to my chest so it wasn’t really “easy.” There were a few rock scramble areas. I only made it about half way up and turned around because my dog wasn’t having it anymore. As I got close to my end point the trail was really overgrown in a few spots but it is clearly marked with blazes. It’s a very nice hike, the waterfall was a nice welcome early in the hike!

We only went to the falls and then a little past it but it’s a really nice trail. Some tiny scrambles, walking over a creek, nice shade, and beautiful waterfall. There isn’t a parking lot, just a tiny shoulder that can hold like 3 cars so be aware of that. We took our 4 year old and he loved the hike.

I definitely went off the trail that’s listed here on AllTrails and it was pretty awesome. Some decent climbing up. Nothing to technical or hard but got my heart rate up nicely. It was a perfect hike with my dog who is super athletic but she’s also 11. I’d go back to explore more for sure!

Black Rock Forest is absolutely wonderful. Recently went hiking with buddies through over 9 miles of the park's various trails (and there's still at least 1/3 of the park we didn't even get a chance to see), Black Rock Forest is definitely staying as one of my favorite parks. Lots of great hiking, well maintained trails. Trails are very scenic, lots of wildlife and flora. Parking lot is spacious. Encountered a couple of people towards the beginning and end of the hike, but otherwise didn't see anyone.

My husband and I went on this trail with our small dog. We had a really nice time. Easy to follow not crowded trail with a nice waterfall and beautiful view at the very top. We are not avid hikers so it was pretty tiring but the challenge felt good.

Great hike beautiful view map a little hard to follow

Awesome trail. beautiful waterfalls. great lookout points!

hiking
6 months ago

Black rock is one of my favorite hikes. Small climbs with lots of dense forest to hike through. Small clearings with views every now and then but this one is all about the forest

A nice Easter hike with my two boys- aged 1.5 and almost 4. Waterfall was amazing! Hiking above the waterfall the trail goes along a beautiful river/brook that feeds the waterfall. There were some steep, rocky, and slippery spots where I had to carry the baby and help my 4 year old— I put the baby in a hiking pack for the trip down since he was getting tired. I would definitely visit here again- especially in warmer weather. Seems like there are a few nice spots to cool off in hot weather.
We didn’t do the whole hike- turned around where the trail crosses the water mostly because it started to drizzle. We took almost 2 hours.

Nice hike not to hard some good views and an a firetower. Leave mountain and hit Hudson valley brewery 20 minutes away for some good beers and relax dogs are welcome

hiking
11 months ago

This is an easy hike and great trail to take dogs. 8.1 miles but nothing crazy challenging.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

We did an abridged version of this trail called Sutherland Pond/ Scenic Trail/ Eagle Cliff Loop from Mine Hill Road on NY/NJ Trail Conference website: https://www.nynjtc.org/hike/sutherland-pondscenic-traileagle-cliff-loop-mine-hill-road

The trails are all well labelled, and tho it says swimming, it's really a pond. Rocky slatey trail, may be strenuous for ppl with foot problems -- but my hiking companion has foot issues and was fine with it. The first part up from car to peak was somewhat strenuous but also relaxing. Good mix of uphill and flat. Good rock top hangout point view, but no breeze and for some reason didn't feel as expansive as other views in the area. It was also a million degrees out and 100% humid. Pond didn't seem cooling, like a good idea today.

Saw a handful of other hikers, but mostly had the trail to ourselves. Tho we arrived around 1, we got an elusive parking spot in the 5 car lot. BUT- we really wanted to swim, came here to swim. So once we checked out the pond, we hiked back the way we came bc it was faster and so didn't get to see what were apparently beautiful views on the blue trail, which was part of the abridged loop back to mine hill road.

would come back to do the complete loop or the longer trail, but not for swimming. however, there seems to be a different reservoir somewhere else on the longer trail?

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

This park has some great trails. I didn't plan it well with storms so will be back to do a longer version.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Easy hiking with numerous trails throughout Harvard Black Rock. Also had a wonderful time birdwatching in areas and loved the view from Eagle Cliff

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

This was pretty easy other than getting side tracked, lol. There are so many trails though. It was quiet for most of the hike. Only a few cars can park at lot.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Loved it! Blue trail was buggy... white trail was easy! I looked at the pictures people posted and I definitely need to come again to see more.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Black Rock Trails are some of the gentlest in the region. Perfect for trail runs and not heavily trafficked.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

found it to be easy. very tranquil

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nice trail, birds chirping and singing along the way. But be careful with ticks. I caught several bloody suckers on my poms. It's more grassy than other trails I've done.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Great day hike. Three summits

trail running
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

participated in a great trail/mountain race here. Trails are technical and there are several vistas despite the lower peak heights.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Overall A pretty nice hike . The reservoir was pretty and you get a nice overlook at the top. I found it to be pretty tough at point I took a few guys with me who don't really hike and they had a hard time with it. Like I said cool veiw but not nearly as good as many of the surrounding hikes. If youve done most of the near by hikes and are looking for something new I'd certainly try it out . If you haven't done Storm King mountain I'd go there first

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Great trail Hard to keep track with 23 separate trails Great scenery The first snake my buddy almost stepped on by accident was garter or rat snake The 2nd one was a timber rattlesnake Just keep your eyes on the ground when you hike

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

This was a nice varying hike. I only did a part of it, but will go back to do more.

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Nice quiet hike, not very busy. I did run into a rattlesnake on the trail at the beginning of the hike, so be careful. Not sure if this is an area with a large rattle snake population, or just a one off.

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