Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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.

I don’t know who labeled this easy, but I would list it as moderate to hard. If you go right on the blue trail, you’ll go up two steep, rocky inclines. You never have to scale or anything, but the inclines are steep for a good mile or so. The views were worth it though. The walk down is much easier. I haven’t gone all the way around, I’ve cut across the green trail, which cuts about 3 miles out. There were a few boggy patches, but the trail showed recent signs of tree cutting and such, although some areas the brush was so tight to the trails it felt like a chute.

An easy walk. No big cliffs, steep or rocky terrain. Views of the lakes, large rocks, trees and a small waterfall were great.

hiking
2 months 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

hiking
2 months 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

hiking
2 months 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.

I was looking for a short beautiful hike and this one was perfect! The trails were easy to follow (yellow->red->blue) and generally wide and smooth. Signs of spring are showing but there are a few final patches of snow. The stream crossings were challenging but doable with high water levels. Hiking poles came in handy for stability here! We turned left where the blue trail goes left to go down the Sunken Mine Road. Since it was around sunset, we saw a lot of beavers, two of which gnawing on trees along the shores. Very cute and fun to watch! The hike took us about 2 hours but that was with many stops for pictures and to enjoy the peace!

Beautiful snowy day with pussy willows in bloom by lake. Very peaceful on a Friday...can’t wait for all the mountain laurel to bloom!

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

Quite a frigid day to hit this trail but it was lovely despite the fact it was 8 degrees when I started it. Began on sunken mine road and took the yellow trail to the blue trail and back to sunken mine road...overall slightly under 4 miles for the loop. Overall Trail was nice and easy

hiking
8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Pretty views

hiking
11 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

Great easy trail !

Fairly easy breezy trail. Good for dogs and great if you don't want much of a challenge and a lake view.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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

on Old Mine Railroad Trail

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great for people of all ages and hiking abilities. Couple of areas where you have to walk across tiny streams. Beautiful view of the lake and very well marked trail.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Beautiful trail

Friday, May 12, 2017

Perfect trail. Some small inclines to keep it interesting. Nice and quiet for my dog and I!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Fun trail with some easy stretches and a little bit of hopping across streams/climbing up/across rocks. It's very well marked but, as others have mentioned, you start taking the yellow trail, then red, then blue. Be mindful of those turn-offs (they're also well marked) and you'll be good. Suuuuuuper buggy, so keep your mouth closed!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beautiful hike with lots of scenic spots along lake and on wider railroad trail. Make sure you take the red trail after the yellow wide railroad trail to complete the loop. We went 0.4 miles off on sunken rd and had to backtrack but it was beautiful. Took our 1.5 yr old but a little long and difficult in spots where we had to cross streams or rock formations.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A nice hike to do with kids - we took our 15 month old and she hiked the yellow trail by the brook and part of the blue trail. Curious to see where the path on the left at the fork goes about 10 minutes in, will do that next time. It follows the brook more. Beautiful setting.

hiking
Monday, January 09, 2017

Very fun and family friendly. Off the beaten track.

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Easy and exciting hike with great photo ops. Especially pretty but a little icy in the winter.

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