Charcoal Burners, Perkins and Fahnestock Trail Loop

MODERATE 15 reviews

Charcoal Burners, Perkins and Fahnestock Trail Loop is a 6.3 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 767 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


trail running


bird watching





This is great hike, particularly if variety is your aim, as it has a number of ups and downs without any of them being too long or strenuous, and, along the way, you pass a couple of ponds (one of which is frequently used for swimming in the summer months), a couple of streams, and, as a change of pace, walk through the Topfield Center for equine rehabilitation, as well as farmland associated with Glynwood. From the parking area along both sides of NY Route 301, head west on the Charcoal Burners Trail (red). After a short distance, where the Charcoal Burners Trail turns right, stay straight at the eastern end of the Perkins Trail (yellow), immediately ascending and then descending a fairly rocky ridge. At 0.4 miles, turn left at the point where the Cabot Trail (white) starts off to the right, after which there are a number of 90-degree turns as you wind your way through the the Glynwood and Topfield properties, where you will likely see horses and sometimes cattle (the latter roaming free). At 1.3 miles you leave the farms behind and enter the woods, eventually descending to a point (2.1 miles) where the trail parallels Clove Creek. At 2.8 miles, you cross the creek on a wooden bridge, then cross Glynwood Road, and immediately begin a short, fairly steep ascent. At 2.9 miles, you reach a woods road, where you turn right to stay on the Perkins Trail. After a few turns, you reach an intersection at 3.3 miles with the Fahnestock Trail (blue), onto which you turn right. This parallels the west side of an unnamed pond. (At 3.7 miles, where you see an old stone fence on the east side of the trail, you can make a short detour to a rock promontory which provides not only a nice view of the pond and its islands, but also has a number of blueberry bushes, making this an excellent place for a rest stop.) At 4.1 miles, turn right (off the woods road you have been following) to stay on the Fahnestock Trail. You continue, with a number of moderate ups and downs, with the Charcoal Burner Trail (red) joining from the left at 5.0 miles. Shortly thereafter, you reach Beaver Pond (swimming in the summer), at which you turn right at a bridge. At 5.3, and again at 5.6 miles, stay straight to stay on the Charcoal Burners Trail, which takes you back to your starting point.

2 months ago

good hike trail clean,

we took this without reading full description and bit off a little more than we had hoped for. 6.3 miles and only had the app which didn't cover anything but the loop. conditions in several spots weren't good with ice and water near the farm. boots got soaked through. it was last Sunday so temps weren't too bad at least. I agree with Moderate rating.

8 months ago

Ok hike. Relatively flat. Minor Views when going through the fields and walk by some ponds and streams for part of the way. Got to wave to the cows. Can be muddy after rain so bring boots

9 months ago

Easy walk. Very little altitude which makes it a nice nature walk. It can be muddy if it rained recently. We brought our dog. It was easy for him to walk w us. There’s opportunity to take pictures of landscape and animals. We came across cows and horses. They were in fences but we were able to be very close to them.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The map on AllTrails doesn't actually include Cabot Trail. It's the white blazed trail about a mile down the Charcoal Burners (red) trail, and will take you down to Jordan Pond (worth a look). There is a nice rocky overlook above the pond that has a little bench, just off the trail to the right. Good place to stop and take a break. Then you continue along a short way until you come to the Perkins Trail in a clearing. Go right toward the horse farm. If you do it that way it's an 8+ mile hike. I liked seeing the horse rehabilitation center, and the area along the Perkins Trail that parallels the creek is nice, but this hike is lacking in views or any outstanding features. Lots of beautiful mountain laurel, ferns and a few lakes to gawk at, but I don't think I'd do it again when there are so many better local trails.

3 months ago

9 months ago

recorded Beaver Pond & West Trail

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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