Looking for a great trail in Taconic State Park, New York? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, views trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Taconic State Park ranging from 1.5 to 10.2 miles and from 672 to 1,433 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Great hike. Dec 9,2018 had no snow but some icy sections and the leaves on the lower section up to and a little past the falls were treacherous (especially when mixed with black ice below). The 1st .8 miles is pretty steep. The upper section gentle. The falls in winter were nice, must be amazing in spring. Saw only 2 other people. Took 3 hours with a lot of picture taking, some snacks and a VERY slow descent on the icy leaves. Much slower than going up.

Great hike. Not difficult at all. A slow steady up at the beginning then moderate to flat until another short up section.

2 months ago

Nice trail
Did the loop but we weren't prepared to
Jump the stream 8 times
The first leap was the most difficult
But what a nice view

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2 months ago

A lovely hike with the rock scramble made a bit more challenging by the snow and ice. I think that area also makes it difficult for dogs.

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3 months ago

Definitely on the harder side of moderate, and especially dangerous with loose leaves everywhere. Don't underestimate the section by the waterfall. Can get quite wet in spots. Trail markings aren't consistently placed and we had to backtrack a couple times. Thankfully there weren't any snakes.

This is a beautifully rugged trail. The waterfall was much cooler in person, but it's been raining so it was really flowing. A good collection of views.The summit is unique and gorgeous. Definitely check out Bash Bish falls while you're here, it's close by and worth a visit. As of 11/4/18 the leaves are mostly past peak but it wasn't too bare.

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4 months ago

I chuckled at the sign warning about the steep grade and difficult ascent, but it was well deserved! What a nice hike. I came across parasailers at the peak who were launching out. Beautiful views with the leaves starting to change

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4 months ago

The trail itself is lovely. However, the trail map, as of September 29, 2018, is way inaccurate in parts. Follow the trail markers instead of this map.

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5 months ago

The rating for the hike is appropriate. It gets a little steep at points so just be prepared. Make sure you have the appropriate foot wear with good grip. There were a decent amount of shaded areas a well as non shaded towards the top. Overall it was a great day outdoors.

The waterfall was dry ( sept 2 2018). Like others have said, the trail is not well marked in some places and is a bit of a bushwack.

Overall, awesome rock scramble. The way back down was difficult.

not marked well in places but fun! Very tough definitely hard.

Very rewarding hike, beautiful view at the top. This trail should DEFINITELY be rated hard though. The trail is not marked as well as it should be very easy to wander off track. Had a lot of fun climbing very very steep in the beginning but eventually levels to an easier incline. The way down can be very slippery and quite dangerous in spots so just proceed with caution.

Really fun hike. Lots of little vistas as you climb up- tricky in parts but super rewarding- loved it.

5 months ago

Hiked it twice, once in April and again around July 4th. Had it to myself in April and joined a spontaneous sunset party with about 20 others July 4th. Great people and a great view.

lots of mushrooms and slick rocks. beautiful, dense, quiet.

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6 months ago

Interesting trail. A lot of loose rock at the top. Unfortunately we hiked it on a drizzly day so when we arrived at the top, we were in dense fog

We roller blade here every year - always fun!

Really great trail and beautiful scenery. The trail is short with a bit of elevation gain as you follow the river. The falls have a unique shape, with a large rock dividing the cascades. There’s a short set of stairs that bring you to the pool below. We spent a lot of time climbing on rocks, exploring the gorge and taking in the scenery. Unfortunately swimming is not allowed, so if you are looking for a place to cool off, this isn’t the place to go. But if you just want to visit the waterfall, it’s definitely worth it.

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7 months ago

Beautiful hike. I recommend starting on the cedar creek trail to the top. Dense forest. Crisscrossing over the creek. Some steep sections to challenge you. Beautiful view at sunset rock.

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7 months ago

Went up Brace on July 4th to catch the sunset and fireworks. Saw a quail and a timber rattlesnake on the way up while I sweated out several pounds!! Trail markers definitely improved since my first trip up...followed yellow blazes from quarry Rd to the white blazed taconic trail. Highly recommend this hike!!

It is a great trail for family, easy and get great view.

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8 months ago

Hiked in early November 2017. Excellent trail, but definitely difficult. Trail has many locations that are poorly-marked, so using a GPS map is essential. The first 2/3 mile has a section that is a near-vertical climb up a cliff.

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8 months ago

Nice out and back w different options to ascend. I took the blue trail up (Cedar Creek) and the white and red trails down. Good choice - steep grades up, gentle declines. A bit rocky in spots and slippery in the rain but fairly graded as moderate. Didn’t get a view due to the fog but expect it’s a very panoramic one. 2 hrs round trip incl an extra 1.2 miles on descent through campground. 4.9 miles total

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9 months ago

We did this hike on 4/14/18. It was a cool, crisp day.

The mile-ish hike up was strenuous and the rock scramble was challenging, which was a great workout. The waterfall was picturesque.

Unfortunately, although the weather was nice, it was hazy and the views were less than amazing. Perhaps with the fall foliage, there would have more of an impact.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

This trail is poorly marked , and not maintained. The way up is about a 1 mile vertical climb. very loose rock , and tons of leaves it also runs side by side with the waterfall that spills over on to the trail . with that being said the view at the top was amazing ...the way down was super dangerous and almost impossible at the yellow blazes. when we got down it was dark and other people were still stranded trying to get down. I've done at least 67 hikes in 8 different states. this was not fun .

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Nice hike up along a stream, crisscrossing it along the way. Then a straight shot to the rock. Only 5.5 hours to sunset! Nice view.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Pretty view at the top. One section had a steep climb, but not super long. Nice walk along creek side.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Perfect quick hike.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

It all up hill

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