Dover Stone Church is a 3.5 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: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 580 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly








18 days ago

Quick hike up to the falls didn't go on the trail above the falls. Best to go after a nice rain shower or early spring. Breeze from the cave is really nice on a hot day.

24 days ago

cave may be closed due to falling rocks. Hard to say because there are signs saying "closed" and "enter at own risk". Short trails, steps, but also some slippery and tottering rocks. well marked trails. Very dry when we went so the falls weren't really active. Fun, short hike.

1 month ago

loved the beautiful scenery while hiking to the cave. able to take awesome pictures.

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3 months ago

Beautiful place very green trials love to hear all sounds

nice walk. beautiful stream and forest

4 months ago

I done this hike a few times, once in winter and once in the summer and I’m amazed each time. The scenery is very beautiful, however be careful in the winter as it can get super slippery on the steep cliffs

5 months ago

Enjoyed the small cavern and waterfall, got some great pictures. There is no church, just named after the brook. Want to come again in winter. Wear good boots.

9 months ago

Nice hike, a little confusing to find where it begins but if you follow the map and markings you can do it. It turned the Dover Church has a lot of history, read info at the beginning of the trail, you’ll be surprised. Wonderful views, very accessible, short!

9 months ago

The biggest issue we had was finding the start of the trail as there’s no sign any longer on 22. We had to ask someone. There’s a very small white sign in between 3145 and 3147.

10 months ago

Really cool

11 months ago

this is more of a 1.2 mile stroll than a hike. that i recommend for everybody to see this very unique place. the cave is an ancient cavern that resembles a cathedral stained glass window. inside you'll see part of a waterfall that is about 30 feet tall. it's hard to find the entrance because there use to be a nice blue an yellow historical sign here but a disgruntled home owner had a plain white and back paper sign with a pleasant no parking sign to replace it. but people park at the elementary school around a 1000 fee on the opposite side of the road. there are a few other short trails if you are looking to make this of a hike. there is a local legend that the church was a hiding place for an native american tribe (Pequots). the leader Pequot sachem Sassacus and is warriors were seek a safe haven from the british in the 1630's. but the mohawk's killed him. sending his scalp back to the british in connecticut as a sign of good faith. it is truly a beautiful place and well above what i expected. i will have to go back in the spring.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Good for kids.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

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.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

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.

Monday, July 30, 2018

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.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

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.

Monday, June 25, 2018

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

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Awesome walk up the creek

Monday, April 09, 2018

An easy walk with a beautiful cave like water fall

Sunday, April 01, 2018

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!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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

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