Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Grafton Lakes 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.

13 days ago

Rather technical, but not much for elevation. Well maintained and marked in my opinion. At times the trail got wide, but the blaze was always spottable. I would run this trail again if in the area.

Great easy hike. slight climb in elevation. Great view from fire tower.

Nice view at the top, saw some dogs!! (Frogs, salamanders, voles, and finches, too!)

Combined this with Fire Tower and it was a good hike. Pretty forest views. Good if you want to work on your cardio and just get some miles in. Trail is mostly flat with tree roots. A few rocky areas.

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1 month ago

Not well marked but Long Pond is almost entirely in view. The trail is also on Google maps.

Considering it’s close proximately to the Capital district, Grafton Park and the Long Pond are both clean and very well maintained.

Lovely and easy

Great little walk. Sturdiest fire tower I have been in. Great view, except for the cell phone tower.

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.

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11 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.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Fun little hike

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Monday, July 03, 2017

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!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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

on Long Pond Trail

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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.

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

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.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

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!

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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Incredible views at the top of the fire tower

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Good hike for kids!

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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!

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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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Monday, September 05, 2016

This really isn't too much of a trail per se; it's more a nice walk in the woods up a wide woods road ... easily wide enough for an vehicle. I brought 6 of my kids with me aged 4 to 12; they had no problems other than a grassy area at about the 1 mile mark that was very wet and quite muddy. When thru us off was that there wasn't a clear marking to turn off to get to the fire town ... just a gated road saying don't not block, emergency vehicles only ... we assumed this was something that was a "no go" area and kept walking until a half mile later I thought it felt like we went too far. We turned around an went up the access road, and sure enough there was the tower. It was very buggy at that time in the grass at the top and the grassy area around one mile. But lots of newts on the way down, and good time was had by all.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

This is a great trail if you are looking for a short hike. The fire tower up top offers amazing views of the surrounding area, and you can see a lot of wildlife from up there. Trail is great for all fitness levels.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Our group of three set off from the parking area on Dunham Reservoir Rd to do the loop around the D. Reservoir: Double Bit to Johnson Rd to S. Dunham Trail. The Double Bit did not seem to be marked along the gravel road in any way, and we were a little confused and surprised to learn that we had to cross the Quacken Kill on marginally helpful rocks. 2/3 of us got at least one foot wet, so maybe should have gone with boots over toe shoes and hiking sandals (it was a cold, windy day in June). Once in the woods on the other side, we began seeing red trail markers on trees, so off we went with more confidence. We began seeing orange flagging hanging from trees, which in hindsight, may have been the way to go since it seemed to bypass the somewhat overgrown and unmarked trail that went around the perimeter of the peninsula in the middle of the reservoir. You could easily skip this if you don't want to bushwhack at all, but it was okay, and you certainly can't get lost since you're by the shore of the reservoir the whole time. Amazingly, we didn't pick up any ticks doing this. Once we got back to the more beaten path, the going was easy and the trail fairly well marked. We ate lunch at a fire ring on the shore not far off the trail, which was nice. We popped out onto Johnson Rd and found the entrance to S. Dunham easily enough. It was nice, but away from the lake, so less scenic -- maybe an argument for doing the loop in reverse if you want to end with the most scenic part and a stream crossing. The only unpleasant thing about this trail was that there were big patches where the trail was in a muddy ditch that the thick woods made it hard to get around easily -- another argument for sticking with Gortex boots. All in all, a nice loop that took us 3 hours with a leisurely lunch break and stops to double check GPS. Could be done in 2 +/-. The kayaking looks very nice, and we saw a solitary loon on the upper section. Nice!

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