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Grafton Lakes State Park, on the forested mountain ridge between the Taconic and Hudson Valleys, includes five ponds and 2,357 acres. Long Pond has a large, sandy beach, which is a popular summer attraction. Anglers can go after rainbow and brown trout in Long, Second and Shaver Pond. Pickerel, perch, and bass are abundant in all ponds including Mill Pond and walleye are found at the Martin-Durham Reservoir. All ponds have launch facilities for canoes, sailboats and rowboats, electric boat are allowed. Visitors also picnic, walk the nature trails, and hike, bike or ride horses along the 25 miles of park trails. In winter, the trails are groomed for cross-country skiers and snowmobilers, and visitors may also snowshoe or ice skate.

19 days ago

Nice easy hike, but definitely not an lazy stroll thru the woods. Some muddy patches. Interesting signage about the history of the tower. Awesome views!

Easy trail, Beautiful view!

Easy road walk nice for anyone to do

Perfect for my 5yr old & 8yr old. Nice picnic spots too.

Very nice hike with tons of wildlife. Rewarding view at the tower.

hiking
3 months ago

I don't know who rated this hard, but it is totally inaccurate. I combined this with Dickinson Fire tower, and while it took some extra time...it should be rated the same as that which is easy. All in all a good combo hike.

on Big Bear Loop

hiking
5 months ago

Fun little hike

nature trips
5 months ago

Hike is very easy, a little muddy but pretty flat, so slipping isn't a concern. I followed Long Pond Road (it's a dirt road through Grafton State Park) to the trailhead, google maps got me there with no problem. Trailhead parking is very small, maybe 4 cars maximum. I followed the firetower signs for a while and came upon a house and barn - the path to the firetower is just beyond the house, don't stop! There is a red gate blocking a gravel trail up a hill, this is the firetower trail. The firetower itself was amazing, probably 60 feet up and provides incredible views. Definitely worth the trip, I plan to do this again with more people, as there is a nice clearing and a picnic table at the base of the tower. Be careful if you have a car with low clearance, the road to the trailhead was muddy!

5 months ago

I loved it..and the beach area..had a great little hike

hiking
5 months ago

on Long Pond Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Not well marked at all. I ended up having to turn around after .5mi because of a swampy area and no blazes. Lake view was nice, however and beach area was a good alternative.