Red Sandstone Trail

EASY 18 reviews

Red Sandstone Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Potsdam, New York that features a river 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.

7.0 miles
387 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


cross country skiing




trail running




21 days ago

Walked in just about 1.5 miles from the southern end. For the most part a very pretty trail, esp. the pines by the river. The limestone rocks and the old quarry added to the experience. You go by some houses, and you hear the road for part of it, so it's not the wilderness, but it's a very nice walk. Be careful, some of the stairways seem under-maintained.

25 days ago

I started out at the south entrance. I saw 4 other people along the trail on a weekday. I really liked the first section along the river. It was beautiful and the trail was challenging in some areas with some small inclines through the woods. The trail got weird because we end up walking right alongside a pipeline that was just very creepy( mind you I was hiking alone, so if I had been with someone else I might not have felt this way). As the trail connects with the sugar island loop , I felt like there was a lot of overgrowth, and then there was a detour so I decided to head back. I didn’t make it around the entire loop, but still got a 6 mile hike in and got a fairly good workout. I hiked and did some trail running along the way.

3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail! Southern and northern parts are relatively easy; mid part is a bit up-and-down but nothing too heavy. Few very nice spots to look at the river and enjoy.. will definitely come back!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Great trail. If you do all of it, the 'high water detour' near sugar island is still flooded. Also the trail is littered with ticks, so be careful to dress appropriately.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great beginners trail and family trail. Pet friendly.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Amazing experience. Would definitely go again

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This is a good one for running or biking. It's still quite new and is so smooth it practically seems paved. Pretty nice views too, though not quite "rustic" enough for my tastes.

Monday, July 18, 2016

It was wonderful. It follows the river most of the time and starts down by the Stewart's now so the whole track is about 2 miles. It is great for kids as my 4 year old tagged along and we were able to take the double stroller down the trail for my 1 year old and my 4 month old. It is very well kept with few hills and quite a few little fishing spots. Lots of wooded areas as well with quite a bit of small wildlife, squirrels and birds and such. All and all it was a wonderful little walk and my children really enjoyed themselves.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

It was a very beautiful trail. It took me about 4 hours to complete round trip. It is mostly along the river the whole way. I would say it is definitely and easier hike if you want something down tempo for the day. It was still a good workout.

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