Explore the most popular trails in Sam's Point Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Walked this trail on a very hot day during August and enjoyed every second of it, especially the overlook points and crossing the waterfall, can’t wait to go back!

Loved the hike took almost 5 hours. I wouldn’t recommend large dogs for the whole loop. Some portions you have to climb up. I would do this trail in the summer/fall.

There’s better up this way

Had a great time hiking Sam's Point Preserve and Verkerdeerkill Falls. We completed this hike on black Friday (11/23/18) on a beautiful sunny 20° day. The trails were clearly marked and the map was spot on accurate as far as measuring out the distances of the routes. On top of the mountain was about 4 inches of snow and very icy. Unfortunately the ice caves were closed due to the amount of ice but we will explore that another day. We arrived at 9am on the dot with only 3 other cars in the parking lot but saw that within a few hours of being there the cars (and buses) loaded with people started rolling in; I would suggest getting there as it opens because the parking lot is very small. Staff was extremely nice and helpful, the young woman at the front desk gives a detailed overview of what to expect and there are other staff members driving around to ensure no confusion or issues arise. The sights were stunningly beautiful for such a quick and easy hike in which you can see multiple states and an endless horizon of mountain tops. Our route from the trail head was 1 mile to the overlook, 4 miles to the falls and back and then we walked back to completed the Loop Road around the lake due to the weather. All in all with a few little water breaks and a lunch stop it took us about 5 hours from arrival to departure. We will definitely be back to hike the High Point trail and Ice Caves once the weather warms up a bit!

Hiked on 11-11-18 Sam’s point , Ice Cave and Verkeederkill Fall Trail. Lots of water though after the rain. Recommended waterproof footwear.
Ice Cave is icy and cold. Make sure to dress warm. Verkeerderkill Falls view is Amazing, Beautiful trails.
The views are breathtaking. Awesome hike !

The foliage right now is outstanding. Bright green pitch pines in a sea of bright red bushes. Suggested waterproof shoes for the footpath to the fall. At times the footpath turns into a stream as you approach the fall. Probably will get worse after rains. Nonetheless a magnificent hike for variety of pace and beauty of scenery. The approach on both direction is a carriage road so do not aspect anything more than a pretty country road. Enjoy!

hiked it on 11-4-18. was as awesome as the first time. lots of water though, definitely bring some waterproof shoes if hitting it after some rain. river crossing to the falls looked sketchy but wasn't at all once halfway in. would suggest hitting up with ice caves and Indian Rock, made the total mileage 11.4.

The trail is narrow and really rocky. We went after a big rain and the trail was completely covered in water essentially the entire way. We couldn't cross at the mouth of the water fall because the water had risen so much and the current was so strong that it felt dangerous to complete the trail to even get a really great look at it. We wound up hiking a bit in the opposite direction but the view was mediocre at best and covered by a lot of trees. A lot of other hikers hiked upstream to cross but it was incredibly muddy and just covered with so much overgrowth that it was hard to navigate. I've heard that it's not great to come during the summer because there's not much water, but coming after a big rain and not being able to cross after hiking almost 2 miles on a rocky/wet trail was really disappointing. I don't think I'd go out of my way to do this one again.

Went during the week to avoid the big crowds and it was totally worth it. It was a pretty short hike up to Sam's Point and the views were amazing. Walking to the falls was pretty easy, flat, and a beautiful walk as well. These trails were easy to navigate and the paths were pretty clear. Take a day off and try to go during the week!

The first half doesn’t seem like it will be worth it but if you do the entire trail it is breathtakingly beautiful. The peak, falls, and caves make for a very interesting and well worth it hike

this hike had it all, views, rock scrambles, streams, a waterfall, etc. some of the best-marked trails i’ve seen too, loved this hike!

Really cool hike with three or four different terrains. Particularly fun if you like to scramble. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen as there’s little cover.

We went clockwise, first to the ice caves and then to the Verkeerder Kill Falls, which was beautiful. We climbed up and down cliff facades to the high point which was a climatic ending, then walked the boring carriage road back to the parking lot.

I did the entire loop counter-clockwise and included the ice caves, which are very well worth the detour. You can feel like an amateur cave explorer for a moment, especially in two sections that are quite dark (the motion detectors eventually trigger some light bulbs).

The loop past the ice caves is quite narrow and you will have to stop often to let groups pass by who are returning from the waterfall. You may get your boots wet if it has rained recently as the trail crosses the creek shortly before the falls. There are rocks, but I can imagine they will be under water after a heavy downpour.

The section past the waterfall feels wilder and the trail meanders along the edge of exposed boulders, so you'll consistently have nice views. Once you reach the north-western part of the loop you are on a fire road for the remainder of it which is quite boring and has no views. For that reason alone, I understand why most people return the same way they came from once they've reached the waterfall.

The entire loop including the ice caves is 10.6 miles, so plan at least 4 hrs for it. Also, once the parking lot is full (around 100 cars) you can't enter this park. On a motorcycle it's not an issue however. And yes, it's a $10 fee per vehicle.

This was such a great hike! It is very difficult to get to the waterfall but so worth it. Lots of rocks to hike through and your feet will get wet. It took me and my mom about an hour and a half to get to the falls and then an hour back because at that point we just didn’t care about getting our feet wet. It was such a beautiful experience! We also hiked through the ice caves, there was no ice but the experience was still amazing! Definitely recommend this.

Amazing hike ! Beautiful scenery with many photography opportunities !

Great views with an amazing waterfall, the ice caves were also pretty cool though i didnt see any ice lol. Did the whole loop going counter clockwise, didnt find it extremely hard. It does get very crowded but the crowds die down for the most part after you get past the falls. Ps parking costs 10 bucks per car.

Beautiful views, worth the heat.
We did it on a Sunday, few tips if you are planning this one:
- reach early, limited parking spots, park opens at 8am.
- PLEASE bring mosquito/flea repellent
- If u r planning the entire loop including High point, at least 3 Ltr water per person and snacks.
- Minimal shades, so cap and sunscreen.

we did the entire loop starting from the caves, water fall, high point and then back to the lake and parking. The description says approx 8miles but my phone counted approx 11.2 miles. This region is known to have rattle snake, we just saw one non-poisonus black garden snake just before Sam's point but thankfully no encounter with rattle snakes.

The Ice caves were amazing to visit and walk through the trail make sure to bring a sweatshirt or sweater something to keep you warm since it gets cold inside.

Great starter if you are new to hiking. Waterfalls, caves, view, and snakes! Great.

Great hike with blueberries in July and a huge waterfall. can't wait for the fall colors to come. It is rather exposed so start early and bring extra water in the Summer.

Going counterclockwise is the shortest out and back option for the waterfall. if you continue to the high point, the view is nice, but not much better than Sam's Point. If you do reach the high point then your shortest way back is to continue forwards through areas overrun with flies. i imagine it has a better view for fall colors but I will try again in October.

cheapskate alert: parking is $10 and there is always a super long line for the bathroom.

First time back in twenty years and it was as exciting as I last remembered. The hike is pretty easy and the views are amazing.

definitely bring cool weather clothes. we went in early fall and 2 hours back home it was warm and comfy. we got to park and it was windy and cold. beautiful trail and sites

Well, And all my 30 years of hiking I must say that the landscape was very unique and interesting.
The most important advice I would give you, is that there is no shade in this entire hike(except for the ice caves). The falls were indeed magical and endearing. I plan to go back in the spring when there’s more water activity. I witnessed plenty of people with improper footwear, and that would make the ice cave exploration quite precarious. just remember to bring sunblock or a hat, sunglasses, plenty of water, and a good pair of hiking shoes. It truly is a great hike!

It’s about 9 miles.

Beautiful place to be!

Did this trail for the second time yesterday. Started late in the day so we didn’t get all the way to the falls, but went to the ice caves. Started the trail to the falls then realized when time it was so we turned around. Oops. :) I really enjoy Sams Point. Highly recommended!

I found the trail moderate my 6 year old nephew made the 8.2 mile loop with no problems just did not like the 2 mile road wish it was more like the trail past the falls

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