Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Moreau Lake 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.

Nice hike. Had to pay $8 for parking though. Even though I liked the hike I wouldn’t pay $8 to do it again

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome little loop to do if you want to do a short quick hike. Takes about 40 minutes if you stop a few times to enjoy the views!

hiking
7 days ago

We were looking for a good 7-8 mile hike with some elevation gain. The Moreau Lake State Park trail system is perfect for making your own loops, which you can change en route according to weather, and your time and energy constraints. We used the Grant Mountain Trail recording as a basis, but modified it to include some bushwhacking but mostly staying on trails (and avoiding the steep descent/ascent towards the end of the track shown on this page). See "Loop De Doo" track for our 7.7 mile jaunt which also has some notes on "new" Red Trail to connect from Eastern Ridge (blue) trail to Lake Ann (purple) trail. (https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/loopei-doo)

Very fun, beautiful view of the lake. There is a nice picnic table at one spot that looks over the lake. Trails are fun.

great work out, easy and beautiful hike! did it today with my 7 month old in a chest harness, he loved it too! will definitely be spending more time here throughout the summer!

15 days ago

“Moderate” - we experience a bit more like “Moder - ondack”. From the parking lot is was fairly moderate, then the steepness and the terrain changed. There was winding rocky ledges, some of our group was on all fours climbing up the nearly vertical 1/2 way point. As challenging, but much easier on the way back. The view was worth the climb.

hiking
20 days ago

Easy hike but still a great work out! The pup loved the hike and the lake. Will definitely be going back!

hiking
22 days ago

Super easy hike for young kids and old dogs if that's what you are looking for! Great family spot. Will explore more tangents next time.

Climbing rock ladders can be extremely dangerous if foliage is even slightly wet. Definitely not recommended for small children (

I hiked this trail for the first time today. I don't know why this trail is marked as easy. It depends on what part of the trail you are talking about. some parts are easy, some are most certainly not. I would not recommend this trail for a beginner.

nature trips
1 month ago

Great family hike. Great first time hike, since it is more of a walk. Great beach and picnic area and playground for kids. Great one to get grandma and grandpa and the kiddies out in nature.

We ended up hiking this one from the parking area by the playground. We went to the overlook and did some off trail exploring with two mini whacks. The day was humid and the views were covered by the haze. Overall it was a decent outing.

hiking
2 months ago

It was icy where all snowshoe was packed at beginning and end. If you are careful you don’t need spikes

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little loop around Lake Bonita. Did this on April 1, 2018 and needed microspikes to ensure good footing. Eager to explore linkages to other trails in the main part of Moreau Lake State Park, especially the link (blue markers) to the Western Ridge Trail.

Hiked to the overview with my son yesterday it was a good hike .
Enjoyed the snowman. Trying to get in shape to go up Marcy this summer this hike seemed to be a good start. Enjoyed it.

We snowshoed up there today, a little slushy and a lot of exposed rocks as you get up there. We saw the snowman someone made. And when we got back down to the bottom we look across the lake and you could clearly see the snowman on the ledge! Very cool!

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of snow at the overlook on 3/11/18, trail was in good shape, no major winter blowdown,

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful ‘almost spring’ hike to try out. Peaceful and lucky to see a woodpecker!

Great short hike for all levels - very good views at the top... Just do it!

While visiting family who camped at the state park I had to check out the trails. The trail itself has quite a bit of rocks for the short hike it is. Once I got to the overlook I thought it would be more of a “jaw dropping” view. You can sit on the rock and see the lake through the trees. I’ve walked the trails around the water and would recommend overlook. I hiked this with my brother before work and thought it was moderate and did not take us long at all. I think waiting for him to let go from swinging on the vines like a monkey was what took up more time!!

I rate this 2 stars because of the view from the top. Getting there was ridiculous. We paid $2 for the trail map and couldn’t figure it out to save our lives. What should have been a two-mile walk turned into a nine-mile steep hike we were unprepared for. Because we were wearing regular hiking shoes, we tried another route down the mountain and ended up in another park altogether. The park guard refused to take our names and it turned into a race against sundown.

In the winter months, BRING CRAMPONS. We did not, and the guard saw what we were wearing and didn’t warn us otherwise, and had to run/slide down the steep trail where I almost broke my elbow and knee.

The view was incredible, though. Had the map been easier to discern the starting point (ie “you are here” marker), then we would’ve enjoyed it immensely.

Also, bathrooms along all trails are locked. Not sure about that.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Great day and trail system. The steepness near the very top made snowshoeing a challenge. Great views on the overlook.

7 months ago

A nice little trail though it is a little hard to follow the trail with all of the leaves that are down

trail running
7 months ago

A nice trek. Started to left side of lake and found trails to be hard to follow despite a comprehensive trail marker system in place. The leaves on the trail didn't help but I was told the first several miles of my hike were on new trails. I was hoping for views of the Hudson but they were limited. I dropped down to the road to have a look, that was nice. Went back on the power line road but had to bushwack back to trail. Continued on trails but was on limited time so bushwacked to the Grant Summit, more or less. The woods are pretty open so bushwacking was nice. Continued back then took a wrong turn onto the fire road, thought that might be a good option but it was heading down to the prison. I opted to bushwack up the hill to get back on the trail to see the lake up there, near the cabin. That was worth it. Worked my way back via the pink trail markers. My Garmin said I did 9+ miles so keep that in mind and know you can avoid the bushwacking if you want.

hiking
7 months ago

It's a quick hike and an incredible view of Moreau Lake. A pretty consistent incline, but not difficult. Great spot for pictures and a picnic at the top.

Get a map from New York State website. At least 17 miles of trails. It was fun to do

8 months ago

Just right for 2 mile work out.
with great views.

I never saw so many water fowl in my life. It was cool. The hike was super easy and fun. My dog loved it. The main lake, Moreau Lake, is beautiful and is calling me to bring a kayak or raft next time. Have fun!

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