Explore the most popular river 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.

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

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

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.

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

10 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...

Beautiful trail

Very nice and peaceful.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

I love this trail. I usually go blue to yellow to white. Nice 7 mile loop with decent climbs and a nice simple walkout at the end. It is also very lightly trafficked, so if you want a little peace and quiet this is a great choice.

Nice long walk through nature and pretty lake view. The trail did not lead to any spectacular vistas, and even the hardest parts were not very challenging. I did find a tick on me so use bug spray! Overall, not bad; a good trail for beginners.

hiking
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Easy to find from the parking lot GPS and clearly marked with blue blazes. We only made it halfway because the rain started coming down in buckets.

It may have become more moderate in the second half, but it was very easy except for a couple of small uphill stretches and one small scramble towards the start. Overall it felt fairly remote and far from suburbia, however, there were a couple of dirt roads running through. The topography changed throughout the hike - lake, dams, etc - which was nice and the trees were pretty. I wonder what the second half of the hike would have been like -- from the map it looked a little confusing as to which loop to take. Would go back and explore this trail and Fahnestock in general more.

camping
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Fun camping experience for our young kids.

hiking
Thursday, April 21, 2016

It's a great beginner trail. Got my wife out with me takes about four hours. Plenty of parking and some nice views

hiking
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Good trail. Use the many trails that intersect with it to make a nice "loop"

hiking
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Pretty good workout on this 6 mile loop. Varying terrain, with minor rock climbing as the trail runs up the rocks in 2 different places. Not too many good views, unless you like lakes, streams, marshlands, and a closed mine or two. This is backwoods with very little sounds, other than wildlife.

Nice, decent trail...some rocky terrain mixed with easy trails...we did the red trail, past yellow and turned right onto blue...it was between easy and moderate at times.

It's a great location - just 10 minutes from downtown Cold Spring.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

We took Appalachian Trail from 301, heading North, moderate hiking up hills and rocks. At approx 2 miles, we turned right onto Blue Trail , down rocky hill to beach and concession stand. Great workout for a day hike. Chose to return to car via 301 as we were pressed for time.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This is the trail to take. The western section ridge runs and offers great views. This trail connects to many other trails and is a great stating place for a loop hike to start.

A good loop with an even mix of flat and incline. Depending on your approach you can start off with a few flat miles then head up the mountain and get some great views of Fahnestock and the Hudson Valley.

We did a slightly different hike combined with Charcoal Burners trail with a trailhead on NY-301. It was a very nice trail, and generally well maintained. The climbs were easy, but the combination we did took us through farm fields, which got my shoes soaked. Clove Creek was very attractive, as was the Beaver Pond adjacent to the Charcoal Burners trail.

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