Shawangunk Loop

MODERATE 23 reviews

Shawangunk Loop is a 8.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ellenville, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.8 miles
2050 feet

dogs on leash


nature trips






over grown


From Port Jervis NY take 209 North to town of Ellenville. In center of town make a right on Canal Street. Go about a mile and make a left onto Berme RD. Make right at fire house (There will be a sign for trail parking) Take pass fire house. Parking lot behind fire house. To find trail go pass picnic tables and follow main path. This is Smiley path

1 month ago

Started at the Berme Rd parking area near the Ellenville fire station. Went up Smiley Carriageway. Clearly the falls (about 1.4 miles up) are quite seasonal, since you could see where they would be, but there was no water falling. Up to this point the Smiley Carriageway has a quite good surface. From there on, however, it rapidly turned into a quite washed-out road. Turned right at the intersection with the High Point Carriageway (which has lots of swampy areas. Just past the intersection with the High Point Trail, AllTrails indicates a trail that descends to the south of the Smiley Carriageway. Although it does, in fact, exist, the beginning or this trail is not easy to find, and, for most of the descent, it's not much more than a rough game trail. If you're going to do this, make sure you're wearing long pants and long sleeves. I had only a T-shirt, and my arms were a bloody mess by the time I got back to my car! I'm still glad I did it since, about 2/3rds of the way down, you suddenly come to a marvelous series of deep ravines/gullies, which still had plenty of snow/ice in them.

The original track shown with this hike is quite confusing in how it forms a loop. Either the person who submitted it was doing some serious bushwhacking or else his/her GPS was not working properly.

9 months ago

We did this hike because Sam's point parking was full, honestly, not a great trail. It was rocky but not in a good way, just washed out and uncomfortable to walk on. It never opened up to views. Basically, its just a long treck through the woods. Also, we found no "loop." It just kind of dead ends where there should be an alternate trail, must have overgrown. So we ended up just turning around by the stream. Two good factors: it is a decent workout, its a pretty unrelenting uphill hike and there are a couple fifties car wreaks on the side of the trail.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Great trail. Bit flooded right now and the High Point carriage road from Smiley is a muddy swamp right now. The Witches Hole and other falls are flowing nicely.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Margaret cliff fun to hike to and the view from atop is spectacular.

Friday, October 07, 2016

The view was amazing from the top and sooooo peaceful. The trail is well kept, it was my first solo hike and I'm glad I picked this trail.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Went twice. First time walked around the like. Easy, Beautiful. Second time I took the castle point trail. Longer hike, but easy. Multiple stops with amazing scenic views. I highly recommend it.

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