Nuclear Lake Loop via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews

Nuclear Lake Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Poughquag, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
416 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

So very beautiful! Wish I had taken my fishing pole but glad I remembered the bug spray. A good mix of semi level trail (always beware the rocks and roots that are out to trip you) and of a little bit more difficult rocky areas. Would definitely do again!

hiking
2 months ago

not a personal favorite. But a nice enough one to try once.

2 months ago

Done this many times over the years but find the trail itself a tad boring. The lake is beautiful though and worth the lack of excitement the trail itself brings. Definitely rate as "easy".

hiking
3 months ago

I would say it slightly harder than moderate. Pretty short as well. I would call it short cardio session

4 months ago

great hike! nice views!

hiking
5 months ago

Great moderate hike...completed loop within 2 hours with a stop for some meditation by the lake. Start at small parking lot of Route 55 follow blue blaze to white Appalachian Trail blaze. Lake loop trail is a yellow blaze...trails are quite easy to follow.

6 months ago

Great hike❤

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful path through the woods to Nuclear Lake. Nice vigorous hike - not overly challenging

8 months ago

Great views, beautiful lake, well marked trails. Moderate hike for sure but worth making the entire loop.

8 months ago

Nice hike very nice lake

hiking
8 months ago

Spotted Bald Eagle as we approached the lake. Took off and flew across the lake MAJESTIC. Wouldn’t call it a difficult hike more like a hard walk but if you do the entire loop it’s good. Views are nice and plenty of ducks. I will go back for a shot at seeing the Eagle

hiking
10 months ago

It was absolutely beautiful didn't have enough time to go around the lake next time did not come across any snakes Beautiful view on the lake

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fun trail!

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Really easy trail

trail running
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Even more stunning with those Indian Summer colors! One of the most beautiful hikes in the area!

trail running
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Beautiful piece of the Appalachian Trail with loop around Nuclear Lake. Start from Rte.55 and follow white blazes of AT to the lake, then follow yellow trail to loop back.

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