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Charcoal Burners, Perkins and Fahnestock Trail Loop

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Clarence Fahnestock State Park

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.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 767 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

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Forest

Lake

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Note: As of May 2020, Perkins and Cabot Trail are closed for construction. Please check with the state park for more information. 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.

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Maddie O
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ClosedPrivate property

Stop walking onto private property and through an active construction site, that is incredibly stupid, the trail is clearly closed, there are plenty of signs up and obvious physical barriers. Please keep your dogs leashed at all times, your dog has probably not been exposed to horses or cows and other livestock and your dog running after the animals poses a HUGE safety risk to your dog, yourself, the staff at the neighboring farms, and the animals at those farms, and you probably don't want to pay the medical or veterinary bill for whatever injuries could be caused. Please be a respectful hiker. ALSO IF YOU ARE GOING TO ASK FOR HELP IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC STAY 6 FEET AWAY FROM US AND WEAR A FREAKING MASK!!

Robert Hamers
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My favorite hike in Fahnestock. Go through and past meadows, farmland, forests, streams and lakes. Lots of variety! You can swim in one lake, and the lake near the Charcoal Burner trail (Beaver Pond?) is great for bird life and frog spotting. Note that the Perkins trail is currently closed between the Charcoal Burner trail and the Glynwood property because of construction of a new parking lot, but on Sundays when there is no work being done you can skid by still. At the first cut off of the trail, just go straight and pick up the trail across, then at the second cut off, keep left and exit the construction area at the road ahead, where you can pick up the trail again. As a result the trail is very overgrown at Glynwood in the open fields, make sure to wear long (zippable) pants if you go there.

Jason Bartels
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Hiking

Not many viewpoints aside from a couple openings to a few ponds. Low grade changes in steepness. Easy to do and no one on trail.

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Richard Ellis
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Hiking

Never saw any burners. Also, last part of yellow trail, just before reaching the car, is CLOSED. As there was no way to turn back, we walked across roads under construction and big yellow machinery. Otherwise, a fantastic day

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Mirza Klis
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fields, farms, stream / river, lake, pond, forest. Longish, but totally doable

Robert Polastre
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Hiking

Perkin and Cabot trail closed for construction

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Juliet Falchi
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Hiking

Stunning trail, beautiful views of Glynwood farm and the equestrian center. Gorgeous open fields and pond and streams. End of trail was closed due to construction so check before going!

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Matthew Rojas
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Hiking

A little muddy at parts especially when you get to the blue trail turn on left passed the lake. Overall good hike, saw water snakes, frogs and ran into a bear (sadly that made is turn around and didn’t get to finish the loop) will be back again to finish it.

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Richard Nunez
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Hiking

good hike trail clean,

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Kathy Gilliland-Nichols
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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.

Yossi L.
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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

Natalie Zuccaro
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Walking

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.

Matthew Conroy
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Hiking
First to Review

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.

Jill Karoline
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Benedikt Kellner
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jon snow
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Henry Limitone
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Greg Freyer
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Jason Buda
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Kevin Hoffman
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Roni Vera
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Li-Jen Chang
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Anthony Reda
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Henry Limitone
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Alex Langsam
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Dane Bull
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T J
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Natasha Scully
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