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Onteora Lake Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kingston, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 600 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

About a dozen miles of superb singletrack. Rocky sharkfins of slate. Lots of crags and pine. Scenic lakes. Some powerclimbs but not much elevation change

From the NYS Thruway exit 19 take Rt 28 west for approx. 4 miles. Turn right into the parking lot when you see the trailhead. (If you pass the Hobo Deli you have gone too far) This is the outer parking lot, there is additional parking approx. half a mile down the dirt road.

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Mallory C
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Hiking

As a beginner trail runner, I’m definitely not able to run the whole loop - just a little over half of it. Just slightly challenging enough to be a really good workout with a run/hike combo. It’s definitely a popular trail but don’t be put off by a lot of cars in the parking lot! A lot of people are there to kayak or even just swim and picnic. I’ve been there several times and have never felt that the trails were congested.

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Mary Arnold
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Hiking

Well marked and easy to follow. Bluestone Loop was particularly buggy due to some standing water, but overall nice hiking close to town.

Shawn Bascone
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Hiking

Great trail for all levels. Very clean and VERY well marked. Can do a 4 mile lollipop type loop or a 7+ mile full loop intermediate hill climbs in some spots.

Clarisse Bucag
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Brianna Gonzalez
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Hiking

Couldn’t find it. Maps couldn’t find due to this stating unknown location.

Heather Smith
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very easy hike or nature walk. The elevation wasn't bad on the yellow loop trail. some views of the lake. mostly tree covered and not many people today even though the parking lots ( one near Rt. 28 and smaller one inside the park) was full at 11 am. Multiple trails so one could make a day of it here. Good for kids and dogs.

Daniella Chiaramonte
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Katy Ellen
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Hiking

We did the red trail. It ended up being just over 4 miles. We saw a few snakes. There are quite a few inclines. Overall great hike!

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Mason Schlenker
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HikingBugs

Snakes!

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Jesse Bordwin
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Hiking

This trail packed a lot of punch for being easy and reasonably crowded for a Thursday. After getting to the actual trail you have a beautiful walk through the pines with the water shining through on your right, and on the return of the loop you pass by another pond. It's a lot of payoff for little work.

Sammy Serrecchio
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Hiking

Some nice views of two different lakes on the yellow trail. The red and blue trails are very woodsy though. It took 4hs, to complete the Yellow, Red, and Blue trails.

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Anthony Ferrara
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HikingRocky

Nice hike. Some trails are run-able some are to rocky. Heard an owl and a porcupine. Great hike with dog with no leash

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Tina Kr
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Contrary to other reviews, I thought the trail was hard packed and easy to manage. I personally cannot walk 7 miles, so had to turn back. Too bad there's not a shorter trail to lake and back. I liked the forest feel, and beautiful lake. However that Port a Potty needs to be burned down. Lock it up and light it up. Can't possibly be salvaged. My eyes are still blinded.

Maximilian Schneller
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Hiking

Excellent bunch of trails. Yellow loop takes you around onteora lake and in between the two lakes. Red and blue loops take you through some excellent quarry land with excellent ridges. Very cool forest.

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Serge Morrell
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HikingBugsFlooded

Great trail and mostly dry and pine forest with the exception of a couple spots that are flooded. Otherwise wonderful trail that’s not just climbing up a hill for 2 hours. I would skip the red and blue back loops and just do the 2 lake loop which takes you to some serene spots by the lakes

Sean Fitzgerald
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Erica Higgs
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Hiking

nice easy hike

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Brittany Guido
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Hiking

Very beautiful!!

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Amir Steinhauer
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Hiking

Easy, enjoyable, fast, beautiful scenery, well maintained trail.

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Jorge Gringo
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Henry Koperski
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Hiking

Easy and nice! Yellow trail is the most beautiful, as it passes along two lakes- however red and blue go deeper into the woods, so you can’t hear the highway, and you feel more remote/secluded.

Barry Marshall
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Sj Kim
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Directions take you to the middle of a road. Off the side there’s a sign that reads the trail‘s name. We hiked early January so much of the yellow loop, esp the beginning was very icy. Red loop was lovely w little to no ice. Blue trail seemed similarly devoid of ice but we only got to the beginning of the blue loop before having to head back to the car. Overall a decent winter hike

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