Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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 trail, highly moderate in some spots, easy in others. Scenic and quiet. Although it was a beautiful day, few people on the trail, just like we like it.

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1 month ago

Perfect trail if you're searching for some solitude. Took the trout Brook connector trail to reach the Wicopee trail....hung a right eventually met up with the clove creek trail and the Wicopee ends at the junction with the School Mountain rd trail. Turned around and followed the trail back to the other end where it meets up with the Charcoal Burners trail with a nice eastern view ta boot. Saw a towhee three brown thrushes and a pair of yellow bellied sapsuckers. Very enjoyable... follow the blue blazes

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1 month ago

Short walk...a nice little connector trail which brings you to the Wicopee trail. A stroll through old farmland.. there are remnants of the farm all over, a chimney from the old farmhouse along with a barn a short walk away. Yellow blazed

I really enjoyed this trail. Beautiful scenery and two beautiful lakes.

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1 month ago

I don’t know if it was because it was one of the first actual spring feeling days or what but this was an amazing little/easy hike around the pond. When you first get there, it’s a little loud with the road and all the people there bbq’ing, fishing and “partying” at the picnic tables but once you get far enough away, it’s not as loud and is very peaceful and beautiful.

The trail is a nice trail, but far from easy. I took my two daughters and there were a lot of steep areas, some areas were narrow and one could fall off the edge of you slip. It was definitely stressful. This trail needs to be labeled properly.

Altered the route. Nice woods hike with a few ponds. No real high top views but still a nice hike.

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1 month ago

Great for kids just starting out or for your first hike of the year and you need to lose some lbs without going to strenuous

Pretty loop to do in the winter. Fairly flat.

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3 months ago

Easy quick hike!! Trail around pond was beautiful a day after some snow had fallen

The creek on the AT off Sunken Mine Rd was too deep to cross; a section of the beaver dam burst.
Returned via blue trail.

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4 months ago

Not a bad trail, just doesn't offer the views of surrounding hikes.

we took this trail based on the “easy” rating because we weren’t really prepared to hike but wanted to do something outdoors. maybe it’s because we weren’t dressed appropriately but I would have ranked this more as a “moderate” trail. the trail was high, there was quite a bit of climbing and walking along the edge of some cliffs/hills, and there was some scrambling. it was disappointing that we could barely see the lake through most of the hike, and to complete the loop we had to walk several miles back up rte 301 which was busy with traffic. wouldn’t bring a dog or kids for this reason. had a good time, but wouldn’t take this route again.

This is a nice trail with a few views now that the leaves are off the trees. Also added a part of CT Trail and that view is worth it.

lost trail markets. ended up on Bell Hollow Rd and Sunken Mine Rd. saw no makers.

The first half of the trail was great second half a little scary with no markers because you’re on the road. We did cut across to the Pelton Pond trail for a bit so we were not on the road. NOT 3.9 miles actually 4.6 from the kiosk on Route 301. Beautiful day White markers to Blue to beach then to Rt 301 to yellow trail back to Rt 301

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7 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful wildflowers and nice views of the pond.

Start trail by 301 by the lake and continued very close to lake only to find out that wasn't the trail! although beautiful views, not blazed. Using Alltrails app figured out the trail is on rt 301! Not safe due to traffic and no walking area. went by Canopus beach onto AT. Took right on AT (not the Canopus Trail) for a magnificant view thanks to Park Ranger suggestion. Didnt take the remaining trail on AT due to time limit but plan on returning now we know the route! Better markers needed of signed board "you are here".

8 months ago

Pretty views

Not really a loop, some sections is Hike along Route 301...not the safest. But the AT portion was fun and challenging.

Not only was this trail not a loop trail, it was not, by any means "easy". There were some difficult rocky areas where you had to climb either up or around some large boulders. This trail is not recommended for senior citizens looking for a leisurely walk through a scenic area marked easy.

After not feeling well for a few days this hike was the perfect medicine to feel better!! Took solace in the sound of birds and the breeze through the trees. Nice quick hike....pop unto the boulders for a beautiful view of the Hudson Highlands.

No views to see besides trees, narrow path, many rocks. OK.

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10 months ago

Really nice, easy hike. We brought our 4 year old and he had no trouble. Excellent for kids and someone looking for a leisurely stroll

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10 months ago

Very nice trail. But if it has better view, it would be a 5 star.

11 months ago

not sure why this trail was so well rated. The "waterfall" was nowhere to be found, and the trail was overgrown with grass so badly that we had to do tick checks every 10 minutes.

Also worth mentioning is the overflow on the main path in and out. I didn't plan to walk through water on my hike, and definitely didn't appreciate the wet socks...

hiking
11 months ago

The hike to the top is NOT easy if unprepared/inexperienced, but the view from the top of Candlewood Hill is gorgeous. The last part of the trail prior to the peak is an almost vertical climb up a patch of jagged rocks, and it is very easy to lose footing here. If hiking before sunset or in the rain bring a flashlight as the tree canopies make it far darker in some spots than one would expect. Beware of large snakes and a few trees/large branches that have fallen onto the trail about 1/2 way up. Parking area for this specific trail is about 1/2 a mile up Sunken Mine Rd after it turns into a one lane road — trail head marker will be on the left-hand side in the shape of a Y. Trail blaze for this hike is coloured red.

It's ok. More of a stroll. Tons of mosquitos and ticks!!! We picked 10 ticks off my dog.

beautiful hike, didn't see another person all day. mostly flat and was very wet due to recent rain overflowing the ponds.

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