Dover Stone Church

MODERATE 30 reviews

Dover Stone Church is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dover Plains, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
662 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

cave

lake

views

waterfall

1 day ago

Good for kids.

4 days ago

Short, relatively easy kid friendly hike. The stone church is rewarding to get to at the ens. Plus the meadow and pools along the way make for a nice area to rest along the way.

28 days ago

I’ve taken a small group of hikers here twice and have had really great feedback both times. The most recent time (8/19/18) nine of us covered every inch of the trails, plus a little extra, in 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a couple brief rests and a bit of time exploring the cave.

A news article I read indicated 5 miles of additional trails had been opened in 2015, but my group measured just over 4 miles total hiking distance, which covered both loops, the lookout point, and the cave. We also collectively rated the difficulty as 2 or 3 out of 10. However, the trail directly to the cave is slightly easier, and only 1.2 miles in and out, but yet is one of the most interesting destinations of any hike in the Hudson Valley.

If you visit during a dry spell you can rock hop a bit farther into the cave than you can when the water is high.

1 month ago

We did the hike to the lookout point. If you are doing it for the view, it is not the best view. However, walking up to the stone church was short and beautiful, definitely do it again.

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2 months ago

I did this hike almost exactly a year ago with my boyfriend, his friends, and our dogs. We had a great time walking along the trail. The terrain is varied, and there were many interesting things to see on our way to Stone Church. The final portion of the trail leading to SC is a scrabble over wet rocks, so make sure you wear appropriate footwear. All-in-all, I thoroughly enjoyed the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved that it was short and dog friendly!
Nice waterfall !

4 months ago

Awesome walk up the creek

5 months ago

An easy walk with a beautiful cave like water fall

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5 months ago

Had a great Easter morning at Dover Stone Church. Parked across the street from the blue historical marker then down the stairs and across the field to the trailhead. Right away I could tell that the recent winter storms had done done damage, with one of the trail signs knocked over and lots of trees down along the stream that leads up to the cave and waterfall. Nothing that made it too treacherous, but they've got lots of clean up to do. I followed the rock pathway along the stream up to the cave, and stepped inside as far as I felt was safe. With the snow melt, the waterfall was really gushing and so I just stayed for a few minutes and admired everything. Amazing payoff for such a short, easy hike. I then came back out and decided to do the three other trails, all of which had issues with downed trees, but the marking was still good. Blue trail is by far the hardest, but leads up to a nice rocky overlook with good views of the Harlem Valley. Reminded me a bit of the view from Cat Rocks on the Appalachian Trail, if perhaps a bit less spectacular. On the way down I hooked up with the yellow loop and took that around. It meanders through some shady woods and around some massive rocks. Finally I did the red trail loop at the bottom, which would be a good place to take a dog on a leash. From the red trail there is a somewhat less spectacular overlook of the McDonald's across the road. All in all a really nice visit. Would love to come back when trails are cleaned up and I can venture further into the cave. Highly recommended!

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Really enjoyable short little hike with some nice spots to appreciate along the way.

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