Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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.

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.

Good close by trail. Good variety of terrain.

wonderful trail around a pretty lake

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

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.

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
4 months ago

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

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

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.

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

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".

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.

Decent hike but be sure if you use the app to drive there that you have someone to drop you off, there is no parking at trailhead.

hiking
11 months ago

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

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.

trail running
11 months ago

Sunday, June 04, 2017

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
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.

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

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.

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