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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.

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.

6 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 should be rated the same as that which is easy. All in all a good combo hike.

Fun little hike

nature trips
7 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!

8 months ago

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

on Long Pond Trail

8 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.

8 months ago

The trail was extremely muddy (to be expected this time of year) but the many rocks helped us avoid much of the goop, and some recent maintenance was done to help with drainage on the trail. The trail is relatively flat, with a few upward climbs (and accompanying downward treks). My children and I enjoyed the few spots where you could look out across the lake, and wished there were more such vantage points.

I had a bit of trouble finding this trail. After reading another comment about not using Google maps, I used Waze. It brought me to the maintenance access road, rather than the hiking trail. There was only a very small pull off, so I did and walked up the access road to the tower, which only took a few minutes. This route is definitely not a hike.
The view from the tower was great, even on a gloomy day. I look forward to going back, and doing the actual hike.
The trail is easy to find if you follow Long Pond road (paved) past the Grafton winter access gate, to North Long Pond road (dirt)
this route will also bring you to other trails, as well as the ponds for fishing & kayaking.

This was a nice hike to a firetower that's not in the Adirondacks. It was a gentle hike that offered views of the Greens, Taconic Range, and the Helderberg Mountains.

Great views at the top of the tower! My children and I were almost run over by a group of 5 dirt bikers on the way down, even thought they were not allowed on the trail. Just be aware of your surroundings. Overall a great hike!

Incredible views at the top of the fire tower

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Good hike for kids!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

go into the grafton lakes state park winter entrance road go about 1 mile down look for the fire tower trail on your right for a longer more scenic hike to the tower.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

okay....dont listen to google for directions. If you are looking for the fire tower, take rt 2 to babcock rd and turn on fire tower rd. google was all over the place...including a quad trail. views from the tower are amazing. you can see vermont, mass and ny.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Great easy trail and beautiful views from the tower! Have to go around a gate to get up to the tower but pretty clear other than that!

Friday, October 07, 2016

Easy hike to do with kids. More of a walk along a gravel road. The directions take you to a gate which is about a tenth of a mile from the fire tower. The trailhead and parking are along north long pond road not where the apps. Directions bring you

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