Best trails in Hand Hallow State Forest, New York

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Explore the most popular trails in Hand Hallow State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The 518-acre Hand Hollow State Forest was established in 2014. Along with the wooded property and some open brush land, there is a 10-acre lake on the southern portion of the property called Spiegelberg Lake. The lake shore is shared with the 433-acre Hand Hollow Conservation Area, owned by the Columbia Land Conservancy (leaves DEC website). Recreational activities like hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and wildlife observation are allowed throughout the property. Accessibility: Information for wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users can be found on the park website:

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#1 - Spiegelberg Lake Trail
Hand Hallow State Forest
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 33 m
This hike will take you out to the fishing pier. It is a short, but awesome hike with a great view of the lake. If you want a longer hike, there is a way to walk around the lake. It is possible the trail is overgrown, depending on the time of year. Accessibility: There appears to be a gravel parking lot off of Hand Hollow Road, across the street from the trailhead. It is unclear if there are designated handicapped-accessible spaces in the parking lot. The trail surface is packed gravel, rocky, possibly overgrown, and at least 5 feet wide. The estimated grade is steep (8-12%), so all-terrain or motorized equipment may be required to access this trail. According to the park website, people with disabilities can apply for a permit to use an ATV to access the fishing pier through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) at more