Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Hole Spur

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Andes, New York

Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Hole Spur is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Andes, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 564 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

rails trails

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historic site

From www.catskillmountainclub.org: The Andes Rail Trail is an easily accessible hiking trail in an idyllic setting, suitable for individuals and families of all ages. The trail starts at the beautiful pergola and gate at 266 Depot Street. Pass the historic Depot Building, erected in 1907. The first section of the trail continues for one very flat mile (2 miles round trip) along the old rail bed, and provides a peaceful experience of field and woodland beauty and wonderful mountain views. In June 2013, the Bullet Hole Spur addition to the hiking trail was opened. The Spur extends the trail an additional 2 miles, bringing the option of the total walk to 4 miles round trip. The Spur climbs the ridge above the rail bed, taking hikers through mature hardwood forest, open woodlands covered in ferns and princess pine, an old pine plantation and hemlocks towering above the Bullet Hole Creek. The Spur is a bit more strenuous. There are a couple of well-designed moderately steep sections, but they are followed by relatively flat sections so you get a nice breather after working a little harder. There are many wonderful views of the Tremperskill valley from the Spur.

hiking
14 days ago

Very pretty. Lots of mud. Detours to avoid mud. Would do twice a week, if life permitted.

nature trips
16 days ago

Very easy trail with bright trail markers. Many spots along the trail made me feel like I was in a fantasy movie. The trailhead is easy to spot. Be sure to stay on the trail because it tip-toes through private property. There are several placards throughout the trail with some local history, so be sure to stop and read those. Overall this trail is a good nature walk for people of all skill levels, and it has some good local history thrown in as well.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Great with kids/dogs.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Did both Andes RT and Bullet Hole Spur with my wife and kids. Not too hard at all. The loop at the end goes through some nice pines and back through a trail overlooking a stream and small waterfall.

hiking
icy
muddy
3 months ago

We enjoyed the trail. We were visiting from CT and looking for an easy hike with our old dog. It was fun reading signs with history of the area. Parts of the trail were icy and muddy today.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

The rail trail is an easy walk for most and good for kids and pets. Bullet Hole Spur is definitely worth doing. Some steep sections but no scrambling required. Hiking poles would helpful especially in muddy conditions.

hiking
9 months ago

The rail trail portion is easy and has beautiful scenery. I would definitely not call the spur easy but it is a great hike to get the blood pumping.

hiking
9 months ago

this trail was so nice :)

hiking
9 months ago

Great little hike as all the prior reviews indicate. Does get “moderate-ish” on the spur. I did it with my 2 mo son in a front pack without trouble. Saw a red spotted newt (see pic). That was neat. The really good news is that they are finishing the brewery at the start/end of the trail which would be fantastic to go to after a hike .

hiking
Tue Apr 16 2019

Pleasant trail, good for dogs and my kids (9&11). We found owl pellets in the loop so that was fun. Nice valley views and the steep portions were well broken up by flatter stretches.

hiking
rocky
Mon Mar 04 2019

Great hike in the fall. Parts of the loop were moderately difficult. The loop didn't seem marked to well at the end.

Thu Jan 03 2019

You can just do the rail trail there and back for an easy 1.5 mile walk on a flat path with nice views. The full loop is worth doing if you have the time but can be a slightly difficult climb in a few places so I would recommend a hiking pole and crampons on icey/snowy days.

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1 month ago

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