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Cats Rock via Appalachian Trail

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Pawling, New York

Cats Rock via Appalachian Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pawling, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 646 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Running

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

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Reviews (134)
Photos (125)
Recordings (116)
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Matt Bowman
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HikingBugsOver grownScramble

This trail is awesome, well shaded and a good bit of cardio. I’d recommend it for beginner to moderate hikers, leaning more towards moderate.

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Kerri Ahern
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HikingBugs

Great short hike with beautiful views. Uphill the first half but nothing too strenuous. Highly recommend if you don't have energy or time for a longer hike.

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Kimberly Saintilfort
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Hiking

Great trail did it with my husband and 10 year Son. Short and steep. Bugs were not to bad. The AT shelter was pretty cool. The view was very pretty but we did walk past it at first.

Anthony Rasulo
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Hiking

Nice quick hike with a good view and good scenery along the way. It’s pretty much uphill the entire way so give yourself about an hour for it

Jess Langkafel
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HikingBugs

Pretty trail, mostly uphill to the lookout point but it’s so worth it! My 5 year old and puppy managed just fine, will do again

Kayla Downs
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Hiking

Great trail with great payoff! Mostly uphill, but moderately so, on the way up and lead to a great lookout that had multiple spots and was large enough for many small groups where they wouldn't be on top of each other. Trail was very easy to follow.

Emma Pokorne
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Hiking

Nice short hike! Was steep at some parts near the top but the view was definitely worth it!! 10/10 recommend!

Henry Limitone
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Hiking

Hiked on 4/11 with dad, sister, and dog. Parking is underneath the Dover oak, which is a sight to see itself. Hike was ~0.9 miles each way. Consistently steep, as the trail is pretty much a straight shot from the road to Cat’s Rock. Great value! Views over Pawling were awesome. Would recommend for those seeking a quick weekend adventure. Can continue along AT towards Nuclear Lake to lengthen the trip. (~7.5 miles round trip, if one starts at Dover oak, loops Nuclear Lake, and returns.)

jessica zindren
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Hiking

Great hike! Went with my kids (6+8) and was definitely steep but well worth it once you take in the view from the top. Park at Dover Oak- we made the mistake of catching the wrong trail on the other side of Dover Rd and was into the end of the Great Swamp hike. We realized our mistake and went back and crossed the road to Cats Rock trail.

Mark Seketa
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Hiking

Trail was in good condition and the views both from Keith's Peak and of the water coming through the rocks was beautiful.

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Victoria Mabie
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HikingMuddyRocky

This was a really nice hike especially as a sunrise hike. It's fairly easy some spots are steep, but the view is beautiful when you reach it! It was also great that there's a wide area of rock to sit on to take in the view.

RENATA GUIMARAES
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Nice hike, it's pretty easy most of the way up towards the end you start huffing and puffing a bit. super nice views of pawling at the top. Took my 10 year old daughter on it, she complained the whole time but she made it and so can you! If you're with kids bring snacks.

Steve Jaccino
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Nicole Rudder
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HikingMuddyRocky
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ML Mzc
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HikingMuddySnow

Nice view at the top and a pretty decent-size open area of flat rocks to sit on and look out. Was somewhat muddy on the lower part of the trail when I went due to melting snow/ice. The ascent is somewhat steep, but not too bad since is rather short if just coming from W Dover Rd.

Curt Donofrio
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HikingMuddy

This hike as shown on AllTrails is only 1.7 miles. We parked at 978 NY rte 22 pawling (Metro north train station). lots of parking. additional parking only a little bit further up the road. From here it is 3.3 miles from there to cat's rock. straight in and out trail so a grand total of 6.6 miles At start of hike there is a nice boardwalk that brings you thru the marsh

Lisa Raine
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Hiking

Short and sweet hike! Squirrels set treacherous acorn traps for the way down.

Liz Cullen
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Hiking

Great quick climb. Definitely steep but only about a mile to the view point. Amazing views! My dog had a blast. We started at the Dover Oak and continued out towards nuclear lake. Saw a few other hikers and families. Would recommend.

Tarah Drozd
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Hiking

My pup Nugget and I love the trail. it was rainy and wet but the tree cover protected us from most of the rain. The view was beautiful and we will definitely come back.

David J
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Hiking

Great short, but semi-rigorous hike up to a ridge with a lovely view. Nice shady trail until you get to the lookout that is open to sun and vistas.

peas67 Kent
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Hiking

The last time I attempted this hike, really CAT ROCKS, the rock incline was covered in ice. Yesterday, the last day in August, and cool for the season, presented no difficulty. Some people on the hike out were less experienced and two were completely selfish goons who were loud, obnoxious, and left behind Red Bull cans. (Yes, I carried them out). This hike is very short. Extend it to Nuclear lake and back for a moderate, 6.7 mile hike. The overlook that is the draw for people has obstructed views and some broken glass - dog’s paws could get cut. There are snakes at the peak in the sun - black snakes and timber rattlesnakes. Timbers are well camouflaged and will strike, so be careful - especially if you bring your dog. We saw a timber and two black snakes. Give them a wide berth - it’s their home, not yours. I’d give this more of a 3.5. If you want more challenge, try Corbin Hill.

Owen Summers
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Hiking

This is one of the best short hikes in the Hudson Valley, with a wonderful view at the top. If you're in the area and only have an hour or so to kill, head here. I hesitate to call it a scramble, but there is a very short, rocky section that may be intimidating to those who aren't used to them. There is an unmarked side trail which avoids the rocks, but I'd recommend just going over the rocks unless you really can't handle them. Our 43 lb Portuguese Water Dog handles the rocks with ease, but some smaller dogs may have issues.

Linda McCue
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HikingRocky

I enjoy this trail on my way to work in the early morning hours. Lucky for me the trail is in between home and my gym, where I stop to shower before work!

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