Explore the most popular Camping trails in Clarence Fahnestock 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 hike, shoulder of road is wide enough to allow for several vehicles to park at the trailhead. The road splits the hike about evenly allowing you to bail on the second half and just wall the road back to your car.

28 days ago

Nice hike with a few steep rocky sections. Not much of a view of the lake except at one viewpoint, which had a great view.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Not a soul in sight the whole hike.

Nice hike, the hills were challenging for me.

Nice trail for the end of summer/ early fall. Takes about two hours, and you’ll be sure to break a sweat. No views, but on the plus it’s shaded enough to stay cool and it gets a great breeze. Saw a copperhead sunning on the trail by some blueberry bushes (my first in 20 years in the HV). Might recommend keeping your pups close!

Great trail. There’s another trail head down on Hortontown Road, and parked down on Shenandoah Rd where Miller Hill Rd meets it.

Not a bad trail but as others have said before me no views. Scrambling up the rock pile was fun but lots of hills. Sighted some bear scat so be “bear aware.”

Great hike. Lots of ups and downs to keep it interesting. Peaceful, few people on trail on a Sunday in mid August. Lots of shade from the tree canopies.

paddle sports
3 months ago

I would recommend this if your a kayak beginner, the lake is so calm a few slow rip , here I learned how to take control of your kayak and you can enjoy swimming too!!!!! Rate: 10......

Good hike with some moderate inclines. Did not care for walking on stare roadway at start and end. Everything in between was very nice.

Small but fun. Would do again. Can swim in pond.

Very easy loop around the pond. There are campsites and ample parking.

Two lakes/ponds plus a gorgeous viewpoint! Who could ask for more?

Note, that due downed trees from a severe storm in summer 2018, there is still a (short) detour just north of the intersection with the Fahnestock Trail.

7 months ago

Emerald mosses lined the trail. Quiet and ice age boulders were a great snack spot.

Not my favorite hike. Like every other one I’ve done at Fahnestock it suffers from a lack of excitement. Just one view of far-off Storm King Mountain. No waterfalls, no caves, no dramatic cliffs. A few streams and that’s about it. Good stretch of the legs - nice and quiet. I followed the Catfish Loop all the way around. Did not take the AT as this route shows. Also did the hike counterclockwise rather than clockwise as shown here.

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Nice "walk in the woods" through the historic (iron-mining) area of Fahnestock.

Fresh snow made this hike beautiful! I imagine most of the AT is gorgeous.

Average for the area. Lots of hidden rocks, a few soggy crossings, not many views, virtually no wildlife, signs all over the place talking about ticks, boundaries, ... Tried it as a trail run in February but not much fun. Figure on an hour or so. Positives: part of the AT, saw only one person with a dog, well maintained, good parking, yeah it's a loop.

I enjoyed the hike. Had to park under Taconic Parkway overpass (hoping I didn’t get towed). Trails were well marked and there was good periodic elevation change. Some nice babbling brooks that were nice to listen to. I’d love to come back in the spring when the foliage comes in but I was able to see a bunch of deer and only one other person on the trail.

Fairly easy trail, no views on main trail. Extra star for taking the Chimney Top trail where the view is at the top.

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