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Spruce Bog Trail Loop is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cropseyville, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 321 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wildlife

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Reviews (57)
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Britt Gilman
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Michael OConnor
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HikingBugsFeeMuddyRocky

Least enjoyable of the weekly hikes I have taken since March. Nearly entire trail was walking on raised roots or rocks, which is fine, if there is a payoff, but there was not. There really was nothing interesting, whether it be peculiar trees, babbling brooks, huge boulders, views, etc. It was very buggy. I do not think I have been so continually under attack and from so many different types. Their siege was relentless. Granted, I tried fitting in this two-hour hike between rain showers. Naturally, this made the rocks slick and brought out the bugs. Another reason I gave a poor rating is the trail markers. This is regarded as a loop, but it is not really. The orange trail itself is in and out. To make it a loop, after returning from the end of the in/out, you then leave the orange trail and follow the blue trail. This ends at a road, without any signs or postings. I guessed that I turn left. After following the road for about 5 minutes, I spotted the trailhead for a yellow trail. This brought me back to the parking lot, making for a loop. Finally, this trail is within a hunting area. I do not think it was an active hunting season, but I would not feel comfortable hiking this during hunting season. I know most hunters are careful and considerate, but they are not the ones I worry about. It is those few reckless, dangerous ones. I do not mind contributing to the State Park system, but paying $8 for this hike because I entered the main gate was unreasonable. Had I passed the main entrance to Grafton, and instead went up Long Pond Road, I would have gotten to the same spot, without charge. Tip: Trailhead is easy to find. Cross the foot bridge, then go right, towards the old gravestones.

Michael OConnor
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Claudia Flayter
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HikingMuddyRocky

Enter the trail across from the sign not the one next to it. It is an easier hike but longer hike if you include going to the fire tower. Just stay on the trail that is clearly marked orange! Had two trees down but was fine. It wasn't crowded at all. It is muddy in some spots so wear older sneakers or boots. It was easy to navigate around those spots if you are good with balance.

Sam Lucarelli
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HikingMuddy

pretty good trail. it was kind of muddy and there was some snow but it didn't really affect my experience. would recommend

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samantha Daigle
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FeeMuddyRocky

a very easy trail, my best friend and I only did the loop. We did not go all the way to fire tower trail. It's very rocky, and very full of twisted roots. Still suitable for dogs and small children. Very shady for pale people like myself!

Anna P
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HikingMuddy

Definitely muddy! Did the loop from the entrance across from the sign at the trail head.

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Andrew Neil
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Aarika Moak
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HikingMuddy

Myself and my 9 year old daughter took a hike today. The signs are very poor. Im very lucky I read a previous review about where the entrance to the Spruce Bog trail started or else we would’ve entered onto the trail that directly next to the sign. The trail was super muddy, so wear appropriate shoes. My daughter wore her nikes and they’re covered in mud now. As we got farther down the trail, there was a standing ground sign that pointed in a different direction, so we followed what the sign had said. WRONG. We unknowingly left the trail we wanted to be on and ended up on one of the driving roads. I think it was North pond road? I wasn’t entirely sure. We ended up just winging it and ventured down to the trail by the lake. All in all, it was a beautiful day and decent hike. I do agree they could really use some more clear and concise signage.

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Sue F
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HikingMuddyRocky

The trail is very pretty and it was a great hike (albeit muddy). The signage leaves a lot to be desired. At the start of the tail, the Spruce Bog Trail sign is at the entrance of the Mill Pond trail. Directly opposite is Spruce Bog. Then you must stick to the orange markers. When you see a Spruce Bog trail sign, there will be arrows pointing to other destinations, so you get the impression it’s the Spruce Bog trail TO those places. But, no. You have to make sure you follow the trail that the sign DOESN’T point to. Other than that it was a very nice hike!

Jennifer Iagrossi
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Ali K
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HikingMuddyOver grownRockySnow

Very muddy, snowy... but beautiful. Not too challenging but tricky due to being so muddy and overgrown somewhat. I wouldn’t have wanted to do this alone at my skill level right now. We wanted to do the full 4 miles and thought we were going on the route that goes out and back, but we were going around the loop. We couldn’t really make out any other trail.

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Dan Campbell
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HikingSnow

Pay attention to the markers. They change from painted blazes to plastic circles. I added the Fire Tower to this hike and followed the road back to N. Long Pond rd and hiked back to the car for a total of 6.88 miles.

Eva Barinelli
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Trail was very muddy. Out and back section was very overgrown in places. Nice, quiet trail.

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Amanda Rodwell
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HikingBugs

This trail was a joke- very easy and no view. Very buggy right now too. Do not hike if you enjoy hiking

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