Canopus Lake via Appalachian Trail Loop

MODERATE 31 reviews

Canopus Lake via Appalachian Trail Loop is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cold Spring, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles
488 feet

dogs on leash




nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



take route 9d to route 301 turn right drive to the at and lake parking

3 months ago

The trail is a nice trail, but far from easy. I took my two daughters and there were a lot of steep areas, some areas were narrow and one could fall off the edge of you slip. It was definitely stressful. This trail needs to be labeled properly.

6 months ago

we took this trail based on the “easy” rating because we weren’t really prepared to hike but wanted to do something outdoors. maybe it’s because we weren’t dressed appropriately but I would have ranked this more as a “moderate” trail. the trail was high, there was quite a bit of climbing and walking along the edge of some cliffs/hills, and there was some scrambling. it was disappointing that we could barely see the lake through most of the hike, and to complete the loop we had to walk several miles back up rte 301 which was busy with traffic. wouldn’t bring a dog or kids for this reason. had a good time, but wouldn’t take this route again.

8 months ago

The first half of the trail was great second half a little scary with no markers because you’re on the road. We did cut across to the Pelton Pond trail for a bit so we were not on the road. NOT 3.9 miles actually 4.6 from the kiosk on Route 301. Beautiful day White markers to Blue to beach then to Rt 301 to yellow trail back to Rt 301

9 months ago

Start trail by 301 by the lake and continued very close to lake only to find out that wasn't the trail! although beautiful views, not blazed. Using Alltrails app figured out the trail is on rt 301! Not safe due to traffic and no walking area. went by Canopus beach onto AT. Took right on AT (not the Canopus Trail) for a magnificant view thanks to Park Ranger suggestion. Didnt take the remaining trail on AT due to time limit but plan on returning now we know the route! Better markers needed of signed board "you are here".

10 months ago

Not really a loop, some sections is Hike along Route 301...not the safest. But the AT portion was fun and challenging.

11 months ago

Not only was this trail not a loop trail, it was not, by any means "easy". There were some difficult rocky areas where you had to climb either up or around some large boulders. This trail is not recommended for senior citizens looking for a leisurely walk through a scenic area marked easy.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Awesome workout. Meh trail. Would have been great had the trail been marked accurately.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I spent a few hours just walking around the trails and there are some beautiful views of the lake. Plenty of activities at the park for families to do as well. I parked by the beach (there was an entrance fee) and started on the eastern most corner of the lake. Within the first mile you can reach a spot with an amazing view.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Some good hiking but can be a bit humdrum & flat. Nice picnicking areas. Nice waterviews.

Monday, August 23, 2010

HIked the white trail around Canopus Lake. Nice trail not terribly hard but also not flat and boring. There is a nice spot at the top to each lunch at or you can go down by the beach. It rained pretty hard most of the time which made it interesting.

Only about 75 minutes outside of NYC

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