White Pond Trail

EASY 14 reviews

White Pond Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carmel, New York that features a lake 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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

sea kayaking

trail running

lake

views

muddy

New York State Park on White Pond Road, Carmel, New York that provides water access for fishing and boating. Trail is moderate with rolling terrain. Start at the south end parking area, following trail markers over the small dam passing fishing dock and around the perimeter of the lake. Swampy area at north end can get muddy and wet in spring. In winter, look for bald eagles at the north end. Take trail back the way you came or take the road back as there is no trail on the west side of the lake. White Pond road is somewhat dangerous to walk on so an out and back is probably the best way to go.

1 hour ago

5 days ago

we enjoyed the hike mostly because of the sweet pond views, but as other hikers said, the trail can be difficult to follow sometimes, and hiking on the road is a little annoying. but the length of the hike was great, and it was nice to feel lost in the woods for a bit once you get a few minutes in.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

My dog and I enjoyed the trail for the most part. She enjoyed a brief swim too. Parts of the trail were quite narrow and some downed trees. I have to agree with another person who noted it's a little weird at the end hiking on the road back to the parking area. Seemed like a quiet, calm place to kayak...if only I had one!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Its more like a hybrid of a hike and a walk. It was fairly easy. It was kind of annoying because we would go off the trail easily because it was a little confusing. I did like it though. Towards the end you walk on the road back to the parking lot/beginning though so that's when it turns into a walk not a hike. That was kind of weird. Not dangerous at all because the road is wide and you can see far away if a car is coming. I would do it again. Maybe bring a swimsuit next time so afterwards I could just take a dip in the pond ☺️

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

The lake is beautiful, but the trail markers are sparse & are difficult to locate at times.

Other than that, it's a good hike that includes various terrains; flat, slight inclines by the back of the lake, and then walking along the road back to the parking area.

trail running
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nice look around the lake, mostly flat. West side of lake has no trails, so you have to run on the road, which is not that fun. Great views over the lake, though.
I watched out for other trails that may connect to Big Buck State Forest in the east, but did not see any. Would be nice extension of the loop, so I will keep looking.

hiking
Friday, April 29, 2016

canoeing
Monday, January 04, 2016