Taconic Crest Trail to White Rocks and Snow Hole

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Taconic Crest Trail to White Rocks and Snow Hole is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Petersburg, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

5.9 miles
761 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


cross country skiing


nature trips


trail running




wild flowers


The Taconic Crest Trail is a 35.4 mile ridge trail that skirts along the NY/MA/VT borders with varied terrains and entry points. The Taconic Crest Trail is a 35.4 mile hiking trail in the Taconic Mountains. The trail extends from U.S. Route 20 in Hancock, Massachusetts, less than 1 mi (1.6 km) east of the New York border, north along the ridgecrest of the Taconic Range, first within Massachusetts, then weaving along the border of New York and Massachusetts and New York and Vermont, and ending in Petersburgh, New York on NY Rte 346, near the Vermont border. Much of the route has been conserved as state forest, conservation easement, or forest preserve. The trail has multiple entry points along the 35.4 mile length and has varied degrees of terrain and difficulty depending upon how much you choose to hike and which part.

1 month ago

Not actually difficult but a fun trail with lots to explore, diverse forest and the snow hole is pretty sweet!

3 months ago

Nice 6 mile round trip to snow hole and back. The trail starts across the street from parking lot. Cool quartz rock formations.

3 months ago

Echoing prior reviews, this is NOT a hard/difficult hike. There's a bit of steep trail as soon as you start from the road, otherwise easy to occasionally moderate grade. Excellent when there's foliage and flowers, great when there's not because it opens up the views around you.

4 months ago

great trail for the family 5.9 miles just perfect for nice day hike. lots of great views and easy to moderate terrain. well maintained and marked trail system. make for a great day!!!

5 months ago

Beautiful hike and the snow hole is very cool! You can walk all the way down inside and cool off for a bit. This hike is not hard and should definitely be rated easy to moderate. There's a few steep sections but overall it's flat and easy. We saw a lot of families hiking with kids. Took us about 2 hrs total. As other people said, take note that the trail entrance is across the street from the parking lot, marked with a blue & white marker. There's was still a tiny bit of snow in the hole in the beginning of August!

6 months ago

This was a nice hike. The crest peak views could of been better. Saw a bear about 1.5 miles in on middle of trail, that was great!!

6 months ago

Muddy at times, to be expected. Still snow in the snow hole.

Still has snow on 6/17.

7 months ago

Was a beautiful 8 mile out and back hike. Beautiful flowers and I loved snow hole. Moderate hike

7 months ago

We knocked this out in the pouring rain. Had a blast Dogs were a damn mess.

8 months ago

I would not mark this trail as hard. There's a short initial ascent that uses some stamina, but I would really says this hike is easy to moderate. The snow hole was nice.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Nice hike, even in November. Be careful crossing the highway to get to the trail head. One of the best views is at the beginning of the hike.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A good hike. The trail is really well marked with white diamonds on blue squares. The trail is directly across from the parking lot entrance. There is a little trail markers but it is currently damaged and not the easiest thing to see.

It starts off pretty steep but most of the hike isn't as steep as the beginning. There are several beautiful look out spots along the way. The trail was muddy in a few spots but in most cases there were boards or an easy way around the worst of the muck.

There was no snow there (but we got snow the next day so that's okay). The snow hole has some interesting etchings into the rocks from visitors. If you hike out to it, take some time to look at the names and the years.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Always love visiting the snow hole!

Monday, October 31, 2016

I would classify this as a moderate hike. Good length and decent scenery. Relatively quiet

Monday, August 29, 2016

Great hike out to Snow Hole. cool off spot were the snow could have been.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

what a great hike

Monday, June 20, 2016

The goal was snowhole but there wasn't any snow to be seen. Not surprising considering the tame winter in this part of the northeast. Still, it's an easy hike to an odd geographical sight & the Victorian era graffiti is interesting. Some worthwhile views along the way.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Hiked this trail off the Rt 2 Petersburgh parking lot with Snowhole as our goal. The trail was partially covered in packed snow which was slippery at times however we enjoyed the hike. Look forward to hiking other parts of this trail system.

Monday, October 20, 2014

I too was surprised at how steep the climb , starting from Rt 346 in Petersburg . Nice to be in woods. Very well marked.

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