Black Rock Forest Trail

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Black Rock Forest Trail is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cornwall, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.4 miles
1,377 feet

dog friendly



nature trips



trail running






wild flowers


26 days ago

I definitely went off the trail that’s listed here on AllTrails and it was pretty awesome. Some decent climbing up. Nothing to technical or hard but got my heart rate up nicely. It was a perfect hike with my dog who is super athletic but she’s also 11. I’d go back to explore more for sure!

1 month ago

Black Rock Forest is absolutely wonderful. Recently went hiking with buddies through over 9 miles of the park's various trails (and there's still at least 1/3 of the park we didn't even get a chance to see), Black Rock Forest is definitely staying as one of my favorite parks. Lots of great hiking, well maintained trails. Trails are very scenic, lots of wildlife and flora. Parking lot is spacious. Encountered a couple of people towards the beginning and end of the hike, but otherwise didn't see anyone.

4 months ago

Great hike beautiful view map a little hard to follow

4 months ago

Nice hike not to hard some good views and an a firetower. Leave mountain and hit Hudson valley brewery 20 minutes away for some good beers and relax dogs are welcome

9 months ago

This is an easy hike and great trail to take dogs. 8.1 miles but nothing crazy challenging.

Monday, July 24, 2017

We did an abridged version of this trail called Sutherland Pond/ Scenic Trail/ Eagle Cliff Loop from Mine Hill Road on NY/NJ Trail Conference website:

The trails are all well labelled, and tho it says swimming, it's really a pond. Rocky slatey trail, may be strenuous for ppl with foot problems -- but my hiking companion has foot issues and was fine with it. The first part up from car to peak was somewhat strenuous but also relaxing. Good mix of uphill and flat. Good rock top hangout point view, but no breeze and for some reason didn't feel as expansive as other views in the area. It was also a million degrees out and 100% humid. Pond didn't seem cooling, like a good idea today.

Saw a handful of other hikers, but mostly had the trail to ourselves. Tho we arrived around 1, we got an elusive parking spot in the 5 car lot. BUT- we really wanted to swim, came here to swim. So once we checked out the pond, we hiked back the way we came bc it was faster and so didn't get to see what were apparently beautiful views on the blue trail, which was part of the abridged loop back to mine hill road.

would come back to do the complete loop or the longer trail, but not for swimming. however, there seems to be a different reservoir somewhere else on the longer trail?

Saturday, July 01, 2017

This park has some great trails. I didn't plan it well with storms so will be back to do a longer version.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Easy hiking with numerous trails throughout Harvard Black Rock. Also had a wonderful time birdwatching in areas and loved the view from Eagle Cliff

Sunday, May 28, 2017

This was pretty easy other than getting side tracked, lol. There are so many trails though. It was quiet for most of the hike. Only a few cars can park at lot.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Loved it! Blue trail was buggy... white trail was easy! I looked at the pictures people posted and I definitely need to come again to see more.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Black Rock Trails are some of the gentlest in the region. Perfect for trail runs and not heavily trafficked.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

found it to be easy. very tranquil

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nice trail, birds chirping and singing along the way. But be careful with ticks. I caught several bloody suckers on my poms. It's more grassy than other trails I've done.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Great day hike. Three summits

trail running
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

participated in a great trail/mountain race here. Trails are technical and there are several vistas despite the lower peak heights.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Overall A pretty nice hike . The reservoir was pretty and you get a nice overlook at the top. I found it to be pretty tough at point I took a few guys with me who don't really hike and they had a hard time with it. Like I said cool veiw but not nearly as good as many of the surrounding hikes. If youve done most of the near by hikes and are looking for something new I'd certainly try it out . If you haven't done Storm King mountain I'd go there first

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Great trail Hard to keep track with 23 separate trails Great scenery The first snake my buddy almost stepped on by accident was garter or rat snake The 2nd one was a timber rattlesnake Just keep your eyes on the ground when you hike

Saturday, July 30, 2016

This was a nice varying hike. I only did a part of it, but will go back to do more.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Nice quiet hike, not very busy. I did run into a rattlesnake on the trail at the beginning of the hike, so be careful. Not sure if this is an area with a large rattle snake population, or just a one off.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

very nice quiet trail.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

It was a very nice day for a hike not to cold not to hot a little technical but nice views of the Hudson valley

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Can be challenging or light walk depending on with path you choose. The road from the parking lot up to the reservoir is an easy walk and maybe a little under a mile and has an opportunity to overlook the Hudson Valley along the way... Stunning view. The lake at the top is so peaceful and quiet.

The second time we went on the white trail which was quite a workout.. My gosh !! Steep uphill trail which just kept going all the way to the top. There aren't really any areas that allowed any overlooks but the forest itself rises and falls and the trees are beautiful. Lots of wildlife to see along the way. You are totally engulfed in the forest on that trail. We didn't run into anyone on that trail and it was a Saturday. We went from the parking lot to white trail then to the lake and took the road back to the parking lot. About 4 miles.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fantastic! Great hike, great view. Quiet, beautiful hidden gem.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It was a nice hike but difficult to follow the trail maps and there were not too many beautiful vistas. One spectacular one and a few beautiful lakes as well to make it a nice varied hike. Trails were varied - some rock scrambling, some gravel paths, some woodsy trails. All in all a good day out.

Monday, September 07, 2015

After reading up on Black Rock and as a beginner, I was a little apprehensive about taking on a 7+ mile hike, especially after some of the reviews mentioning snakes and bear sightings (one of the mountains aptly named Rattlesnake Hill).

But after doing the loop, it wasn't quite as hard as the description "for very experienced outdoorsman." I think if you are used to day-hiking in this region, this would be a very doable hike. There are a few points where it is basically straight up and there is some loose rock, but all-in-all, it's not that terrible and there are a lot of ups/downs to break it up.

Some of the views are obstructed, so maybe a little background research to know which particular peeks are especially beautiful. I'll go out again and try some other peeks next time. Hiked up Mount Misery, and there definitely was some scrambling involved to get to the top.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Very nice and relaxing hike. Great views at the top and some nice bodies of water to stop and relax on the way. One warning though is to watch for the snakes that are on this trail. Hiking it twice in two weeks saw one both times.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Beautiful trail! At first we were confused as to why it was listed as hard because the path was paved but as you went the trail became steep and rocky. The view at the top was absolutely breath taking. My 2 dogs did great on the trail, just be aware of the edges of the trail if you bring your furry friend. Don't want anyone falling!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hiked the stillman trail, starting across the road from the parking lot off reservoir road. Short hike, only 2 hours, but a nice late morning jaunt through the woods.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

This is a very easy hike and a nice walk in the woods. The Mine Hill trail (0.3 miles) is the only really difficult part. I would rate this as a moderate to easy trail. Great views from Eagle Cliff - about the only ones. If you take this hike, you have to make sure that you take the Tower Vue trail - lots of fun. It is only 0.7 miles from the Scenic trail to the White Oak trail. Adds some interesting views and terrain.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nice loop trail, short climb to start. Moderate difficulty for a beginner. Trail is covered with snow and ice today (3/24/15), which ups the difficulty level a bit. Great views of Hudson River and Valley from peak of Black Rock.

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