Hand Hollow Conservation Area Loop

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East Chatham, New York

Hand Hollow Conservation Area Loop is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near East Chatham, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 328 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

387 Gale Hill Rd or 4079 County Route 9, New Lebanon From Route 295, approximately .75 miles east of East Chatham, take County Route 9 north. In approximately 3.5 miles turn left onto Gale Hill Road; a parking area is located on the right side approximately 1 mile from the intersection.

hiking
5 days ago

An easy trail with beautiful views of the lake. We were there around noon on a weekend and saw 4-5 other groups.

Very easy trail, several benches throughout for reading/relaxing, and lots of wildlife.

Super easy spot with well marked trails and nice views of the lake. Got to see an Osprey flying above the lake for a while.

27 days ago

This was a very nice hike to do. it was a little muddy in spots but not a lot. Hiking boots would be good but after all the rain we have had it was not bad!! it is very enjoyable and pretty easy. Beautiful scenery along the way. we will go back!

27 days ago

Quiet and peaceful walk. A bit muddy in spots in early spring, but ok most other times. Note the gps directions indicate you have arrived, but the parking lot is another 1,000 feet. Don't leave too soon. Lol.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

A great walk through the woods. Mostly dry, with a few muddy areas. Several man-made crossings over areas that tend to flood. Two short areas of elevation, but nothing difficult. Smooth, easy-to-follow trail. Lots of families and dogs. A babbling brook escorted us for a short while. The lake is absolutely serene. Several spots where people can picnic. With several stops for pictures and to enjoy the surroundings, about two hours in and out. Two parking lots, each able to hold about 15-20 cars.

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

What a nice surprise. Very well maintained. Great path to large pond. More elevation than anticipated. We enjoyed our hike quite a bit.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

A little muddy but doable (I recommend hiking boots). We didn't see a soul. The lake is beautiful. Very quiet, it was nice being out in what feels like the middle of nowhere.

hiking
8 months ago

Just beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail. very easy to navigate. It is not a loop like this app says. it's an out and back with 2 side trails you can take that are loops.

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

running
9 months ago

I had a very nice trail run. It wasn’t too muddy and the views are very nice. The trails are clearly marked and with bug spray, I didn’t notice them! This will be my go to trail running spot!

hiking
Sun Apr 14 2019

couple of really muddy places.

hiking
muddy
Sun Apr 07 2019

Dog-friendly, fun hike near a stream, with a lake at the far end. Super muddy in places - bring an extra pair of shoes for the drive home.

hiking
Wed Oct 03 2018

This is a nice, albeit short, trail system. The trails are well maintained & marked, the parking area also is well marked (and large enough for several cars), and there's even a couple of picnic tables available. Unfortunately, we visited during an unusually wet streak and weren't able to enjoy the area quite as much as we would have if the trails weren't so muddy/flowing with runoff. We will visit again.

Tue Aug 14 2018

Basic, but well maintained trails. The trails are an easy hike, and are built to ATV width. This is a great place for a quick run/outing with the family.

hiking
Thu May 31 2018

Such a good little trail! I saw so many dogs and I fell in love with each one. This trail is definitely an ankle breaker if you don’t watch your step. Overall a beautiful/leisurely walk

hiking
Wed Oct 11 2017

Nice easy hike with small ups and downs. a few wooden bridges that cross a small stream. There are parking lots / trail heads at either end of the green trail.

Sat May 27 2017

Muddy this time of year but still a nice relaxing hike with great view

hiking
Wed Nov 16 2016

Very enjoyable easy hike. My dog loves it here. A great pond with a ton of beaver activity.

hiking
Wed Sep 07 2016

Pleasant spot for a relatively short, varied hike, with the option to extend your hike exploring all the side trails. The meadow portion of the trail is lovely and the view from the picnic tables overlooking the beaver pond is quintessential bucolic splendor. **** There was a TON of bear scat along the main trail this August. Just something to be mindful but not afraid of. It's always a good idea to do a little bear encounter refresher.

Sat Aug 27 2016

Beautiful beaver pond! Lots of active beavers! We brought our puppy. Very Great Walk! Lots of benches

hiking
Wed Jul 27 2016

Nice trail with lots of benches here and there to take a break. Good scenery too. No problem for kids either.

Wed Mar 02 2016

Great trail! Very muddy after it rains thought

hiking
Sat Nov 14 2015

Very nice trails & leisure walk and benches along the trails and water.

Wed Jan 08 2014

We have hiked and snowshoed the trails in the preserve - always fun. We have also been treated to a variety of bird sightings and beavers along the way. Great trails for kids and a good place for an afternoon picnic.

hiking
4 days ago

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