Explore the most popular hiking 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 walk. I did the short look as the ice made the area by the waterfall impassable. Still a nice hike with water features. Some steep spots but nothing crazy.

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.

25 days ago

Nice breezy hike on the ridge but without features and frequently rock strewn rain gullies wet and dry. Ankle twister not my favorite spending miles looking where I’m stepping...

Great flat and fast trail!

Easy moderate trail. Very enjoyable

Terrific trail off the beaten path, so to speak. Crossing a couple of the streams beyond the 1 mile mark may be a challenge to some, especially after heavy rain or winter thaw. Dog friendly too (just watch for ticks). It's become on of my favorite little gems in this region.

trail running
2 months ago

A lot of fun! Not very difficult at all. I followed the trail to see the chimney, which only came to about 2.5 miles. Definitely reccomend it for the amazing view.

Great morning hike. A little muddy and the waterfall on white trail (AT) near the road was impassable. Otherwise it was great moderate hike.

Ok hike. Relatively flat. Minor Views when going through the fields and walk by some ponds and streams for part of the way. Got to wave to the cows. Can be muddy after rain so bring boots

We walked this trail with our dog, taking the opportunity to explore the local hikes. It was an easy hike, only slightly difficult because of all the leaves covering the looser rocks. A few stream crossings were mostly fine, one a little more difficult with fewer places to step than others. All in all it was a nice walk, a little over an hour, with some good views of the lake. Very peaceful.

2 months ago

Did this hike at the end of September a few days after some rain. Beautiful views of the water on both sides (including the waterfall near the end). The recent rain made the stream crossings a little more challenging but not bad at all, even carrying a toddler. We added a little length to the trip by continuing on the yellow trail before doubling back and turning onto the red. The terrain was mostly flat except for a couple of very short and manageable rock scrambles. Great hike!

This isn’t an easy hike! It requires crossing some creeks with no bridges and the trail is very muddy/wet in parts. Don’t attempt it without waterproof hiking boots.

That said, it’s a good hike. Very quiet and peaceful out in the woods, and I hardly saw anyone all day.

Like all the hikes around Cold Spring, it’s well marked with color tokens nailed to trees. Take a map at the trailhead, as the Alltrail route jumps around between different color trails a lot.

The first 3.6 miles are a general ascent on a good trail. The next two miles (a mile descent and mile ascent) is on an ok but less good trail that includes some mossy rocks that are slick when wet.

At mile 5.6, you reach a peak and have a big lookout area to the left of the trail. It’s a nice place to stop and have lunch.

Around mile 6.4, make a short detour to Beaver Pond. It’s beautiful and the trail goes right to it.

Miles 6.4-8 were my least favorite. The trail gets very narrow in places, with branches pressed against you on both sides. It was also extremely muddy.

Around mile 8, I decided to divert from this route and cut back over to the trail I’d walked up, rather than climb up Round Hill. The ascent and descent of Round Hill are by far the steepest part on this route, and a review here said it involves walking on big rocks. I knew the park’s rock surfaces were wet and slick today and it didn’t sound like fun. My rerouting didn’t meaningfully change the mileage, though it meant I missed some elevation. It turns out I could’ve also cut across further along on the “G” trail, as they’ve just lengthened that trail all the way to the “W” trail.

In case it’s useful, here are the full route’s colors: W, right on B, left on Y, right on B, B becomes R, right on B (but I recommend walking left on B a bit to see Beaver Pond), straight on R, right on G, left on B, left on W.

I like how it weaves together lots of different trails to make a long hike, which you can modify to make your hike easier or even harder.

Easy walk. Very little altitude which makes it a nice nature walk. It can be muddy if it rained recently. We brought our dog. It was easy for him to walk w us. There’s opportunity to take pictures of landscape and animals. We came across cows and horses. They were in fences but we were able to be very close to them.

3 months ago

Great with Kids

3 months ago

Peaceful and pretty trail through the woods and around a small lake. Lots of mountain laurel and rhododendron that must be beautiful in bloom. Several small streams that you cross by jumping rock to rock. A little slippery but nothing too difficult. A couple of short steeper sections, but again nothing particularly difficult. Would be a good snowshoe trail as well.

4 months ago

Very short and pretty, but worth the view at the top.

I changed up the trail and stayed on the AT out to Shenandoah Mountain as an out and back as I did not want to walk a road . It was a beautiful trail. Not many views but still beautiful

4 months ago

The map shown does not lead you to the chimney, but it is correct for the loop.
To get to the chimney take the green trail to the yellow (not the yellow to the left! Stay straight from green to yellow) then take the white trail to the right. Trails ends at chimney and vista view. Very pretty. Good kid trail. Easy and not too long.
Use Avenza Map PDF download for Phillipsburg. Very good map.
FYI: Yellow trail to left needs lots of trail work - trail is almost impassable at one point. Many downed trees across trail.

Nice short hike with decent elevation. View at the top is just okay. Old Sunken Mine Road is all gravel and very narrow. You might want to park outside and walk your way in.

First 2 miles of this trail are excellent and very well marked. The views from the beach once you get there are very nice. The walk back to the car on 301W was kind of boring, I would suggest dipping into Pelton Pond as a detour.

5 months ago

First of all, I used the link to the directions to the trailhead thinking there was another way to get there other than the way I already knew. I should have known better. They led me to some scary, narrow gravel roads in the middle of some day camp so I back tracked and went back the 6 miles out of my way to Dennytown Road, where I took the usual road (that is unmarked and only identified by a gate) COMPLETELY beaten up so you better have a decent SUV that you're willing to drive really slowly along this very long, crazy, narrow road to the trailhead). The views from this trail are absolutely breathtaking and only about 1/4 mile from the trailhead, even including a little rock scrambling. Once you reach the view though and continue to follow the red trail into the woods, it's terribly boring. And EVERY TIME I GO HERE, the red trail seems to suddenly end and I can't find it so I barrel down the hill, over rocks, tree limbs and leaves until I meet the trail again. For the life of me, I cannot find where this red trail continues about 1/2 mile into the woods. Once you get down and back on the red trail, it intersects with a private road with homes (which is odd and just weird) with a gravel road running parallel, with yellow signs saying it's owned by NYS. Then it gets really boring back to the main road, where you turn right and walk another 1/2 mile back to your car. But I continue to do this hike because it's close to home, it's quiet and the views at the top are totally worth it, especially in Fall. So, if you're looking for a quick hike with great views, this is it. And I've never seen another hiker on this trail in all the times I've done it. It's like a great little secret....if you can find it!

The Three Lakes section is scenic and easy except in the very beginning. The AT half of the loop has steep climbs and not as much to see. We're not fast and we completed in under 3.5 hours. Next time I will take the side trail to look at the abandoned mines.

Very easy hike, you can walk with little kids.
There is a parking spot next to the main road, and from there the walk to the beginning of the hike is short.
It took me 1.5 hours.

It was really nice and almost clearly marked for novice hikers but at the point where it loops back we got so lost we followed the blue dots across the creek which ended up being a different trail only realizing it when I looked at this app that we had gone way off the trail, we turned around and could not find our way back on the trail off course it was my first time using this app and didn’t want to pay for it not knowing if it’s any good so I used google maps gps to bush wack our way towards the parking lot finally crossing the return trail that now had white markers instead of blue. At the turn around point where we got lost an area almost appeared like there was a bit of a land slide cause the path pretty much disappeared into a bit of a cliff. It was great though. I will be buying this app

trail running
6 months ago

We found this trail to be a nice alternative for us runners who want to test going off the pavement.

This short hike is exactly what I needed on a hot and humid afternoon. Started hike from the sunken mine rd trailhead...reached the gorgeous view within .3 miles of the start. Continued on the red blazed trail until I reached Bell Hollow rd..take a right and follow Bell Hollow until you hit Sunken Mine rd again. Be advised that this part of the trail is unmarked.. just hike clockwise. There is another viewing spot a short distance after getting back on Sunken MIne rd.

6 months ago

Quick, simple hike with plenty of nature to be seen...beavers, fish, birds. The pond is very pretty, surrounded by several Mountain Laurels.

The map on AllTrails doesn't actually include Cabot Trail. It's the white blazed trail about a mile down the Charcoal Burners (red) trail, and will take you down to Jordan Pond (worth a look). There is a nice rocky overlook above the pond that has a little bench, just off the trail to the right. Good place to stop and take a break. Then you continue along a short way until you come to the Perkins Trail in a clearing. Go right toward the horse farm. If you do it that way it's an 8+ mile hike. I liked seeing the horse rehabilitation center, and the area along the Perkins Trail that parallels the creek is nice, but this hike is lacking in views or any outstanding features. Lots of beautiful mountain laurel, ferns and a few lakes to gawk at, but I don't think I'd do it again when there are so many better local trails.

There is no parking at the head of trail. I parked 0.4 miles up, right at the underpass of the TSP and started there.

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