Stone Valley Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews

Stone Valley Trail is a 7.2 mile out and back trail located near Potsdam, New York that features a waterfall 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.

7.2 miles
728 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

cross country skiing


mountain biking

paddle sports






22 days ago

Hiked the full loop starting on the side by the fire station. Some parts of the trail were poorly marked (especially when locating the entrance to the second part of our hike near the electrical towers, and beginning that portion of the trail.) the hike was absolutely beautiful, and lots of changes of scenery to take in. Took approximately 2 hours on each side of the river. Very lovely, all in all - so many waterfalls - and not extremely challenging.

22 days ago

Great views, quiet. Mostly well maintained. Some tough spots. Would do it again.

26 days ago

Fun trail nearly got lost

DO NOT BRING YOUR DOGS HERE. As far as the trail is concerned, I am not sure if it is safe or not for them. What I do know is that at the start of the trail, it runs along a couple of backyards. Not even 30 seconds in, my dog was attacked from behind by a dog that lives in the first home’s property. No owners to be found, until the very end when my helpless dog was laying on the ground being attacked, bitten, and clawed. When the man finally showed up, all he had to say for himself was that I was “on his property”. Apparently he is unaware that a trail runs along his backyard. Be warned....

2 months ago

Great trail!

nature trips
3 months ago

The side of the trail shown here is in good shape, but the far side of the loop is hard to follow and there are tons of trees down in the trail. It would be 5 stars if not for this.

This is a beautiful hike, well worth the time.

3 months ago

great trail!

4 months ago

perfect day hike!

4 months ago

Great trail, generally well maintained, except for some blow down from a recent storm. Still, trails are well marked and easy to get around downed trees. Beautiful setting.

4 months ago

Amazing trail.... Most of the trail follows the river. We just hiked it and the wild flowers were everywhere. Peaceful and not to many people on trail. A few steep parts but nothing crazy..

5 months ago

Easy trail that everyone in the family can enjoy. Will have to navigate over or around some of the down trees along the trail. Play by the water and collect some of the rocks.

11 months ago

Magnifique !!! Les sentiers sont très beau avec différents points de vue sur la rivière. Et que dire des chutes

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fairly easy half day hike with great views of several waterfalls. Certain spots aren't marked well but this app helps keep you on the trail.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Stunning and very easy. There is even one portion of the trail that runs along someone's backyard so they decorated it with flowers which is a very cute touch. Great fall hike.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lovely trail. Solid footing, numerous great views of the river, some quick but steep and challenging climbs.

Could stand to have updated trail markings. And watch your kids and pets near some of the "outcroppings".

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is the most beautiful river I have ever seen! It had been raining a lot over the past few weeks, and it gave the river a lot of power. Along the fairly easy trail, each view of the water was incredible. There were multiple falls areas. My friend said she'd never seen it so high, but that it's still beautiful when the water is running normally. Easy trail, beautiful forest, beautiful water!

cross country skiing
Monday, February 27, 2017

Amazing views of the Northern Lights during a x skiing through SUNY Potsdam Outing club.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Great winter hike and snowshoe walk (we were with cross country skiers who had a harder time, we'd recommend against trying to ski). Trail runs along the river which is beautiful, full of rapids and falls. If you park near the power station (not the Colton side) the trailhead is a little tricky to find. Walk past the station and stay left, follow the fence around the water tower and the trail is on your right just next to the base of the water tower, marked with blue diamond tree markers.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Gorgeous trail! So many waterfalls, and it was so well marked. We did the trail end to end, and it took us 3.5 hrs. (that included stopping to take pictures)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

I never found any of the falls that are pictured on here. trail wasn't marked...I need up in someone's driveway and walk on tbe road back to car. good excercise...but trail needs work...I was disapointed

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The falls are beautiful and offer some good bouldering spots when the water is low. Absolutely gorgeous

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Terrific day hike! Excellent views of the river and relaxing hike through the woods.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Great trail. Lots of ups and downs, well maintained. Nice spots to stop and admire the view.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Completed a portion of this trail today. Like some of the other commenters the trail head is not very well marked, luckily I had read these comments before we went so I was watching closely but even then we drove past and had to turn back.

Trails are great for the whole family, we went with four kids aged from 4-9 and didn't have any concerns. Some trail turns could use a bit better marking but overall really great place and can't wait to go back and explore some more.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Made the full loop. Beautiful.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Fantastic hike that fit well into our limited time constraints.
We didn't have a lot of time for a hike today, so we decided to just go as far as we had time for and turn around. We lucked out and got an absolutely beautiful autumn day. The river, falls and foliage were all spectacular. The entire family agreed this was well worth the visit, and we wished we had more time.
We parked on Riverside Drive in Colton (just a little north and across the river from the intersection of 68 and 56) near the fire station. There is a small parking lot at the turn-around at the end of the street, but it was pretty full when we got there. This is the southern starting point for the trails on the eastern side of the river. Using a PDF map of Stone Valley from, which had numbered points of interest, we hiked almost to #5 (High Terrace) before turning around.
The trail was well marked with signs that gave a little information about the river and also showed you where you were along the trail. This was especially helpful to us since we had limited time and wanted to make the most of it.
A great hike that allowed us to get out and enjoy the scenery without a large time commitment.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Trail was awesome! I gave it a 4 only because it was difficult to find. The trail head was not well marked and the registration points were into the trail a bit. Once you find it, you've got a real gem. I suggest going in from the Lenny road entrance and if you are doing the loop, it is a bit confusing at the end - which is the power house- there are 3 ways to go, just take the road out. This is not well marked at all .. Had to use google earth to get out :/. Overall it's an AWESOME trail !! Great views , some up and downs but nothing terrible. Great easy hike. Would be awesome for mountain biking or trail running !!!!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Beautiful trail!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Beautiful trail - great for a beginning hiker and lots of great photo ops for the photography enthusiast.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

One of my favorite trails ever. The falls are spectacular and the trail is a nice combination of up and down hill. If this trail were in Rocky Mountain National Park you would have a parking lot, an overflow lot and a park and ride to get to the parking lot. it would be ridiculously crowed. In Colton NY however, we were the only ones on the trail. Magical.

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