Looking for a great trail near Arkville, New York? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Minnewaska State Park Preserve or Catskill State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Arkville ranging from 5.1 to 7.5 miles and from 1,955 to 3,874 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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10 days ago

it was fairly short about 6 miles and some change, the view was great and the trail was about moderate difficulty, I would recommend this to anybody especially in the area! there was a few other hikers on the trail but it's a Monday so like 3 other groups. we did it in about 2 hours and it was freezing up there today! overall was pretty great

Great hike, some ice on the trail on the way up, the fire tower views were fantastic! Final summit in the Catskills fire tower challenge and our second Catskills high peak!

21 days ago

off trail
private property
23 days ago

Doubletop was great - some jumping over water and some rock scrambles. Path was in and out. Graham was not fun - could not find a herd path, very steep going down from Doubletop and then very steep going up Graham.

This trail is absolutely spectacular this time of year (Oct. 21), and one of my personal favorites. Beautiful the entire way (see my pics). Having done this trail a couple of times I will say I think this “moderate” trail can be “hard” under certain conditions (rain, snow, leaves down, etc.). Parts of the trail are muddy and in places the trail is a stream right now following the recent rain. The leaves are coming down as well which make conditions slippery. Great hike.

Delightful! Has some great wildlife and good array of vegetation. We went left (a steeper hike) and didn’t regret it. Not great for someone who needs to take it easy, but we were ready to huff and puff to the top. Great view close to the peak, would recommend to someone who wants a nice 4ish hour hike.

28 days ago

Small parking area, did red trail to blue to yellow. Everyone said it was about 5 miles on the app & people that I saw at the parking lot. Garmin watch recorded 7 miles from lot- red - blue - yellow - lot. Stay to the right (lean to) for less steep trails. There were a lot of stream crossings so wear waterproof hiking boots. View up top was nice but nothing crazy. Literally only a small opening. Didn't think it was really worth the hike. Hiked with a 25lb plate backpack to make it difficult. Going down had some pretty steep/rocky slopes. Total: Garmin recorded 7 miles and map stated 3,600 ft @ the peak of Balsam Mt.

Beautiful hike, lots of people enjoying it on a fall Saturday.

I somehow lost the loop trail and went straight up Balsam. A bit hellish with prickly plants toward the top. Got to the summit in a little less than 2 hours. Decided to add on Eagle Mountain. The path is clear. Canister is bright orange. ~5.5 hours RT.

Didn’t get a chance finish the trail loop as we were pressed on time. Would love to come back and finish in the future.

At the first fork in the road: left is much steeper, rights a little easier

This is meant to be bushwhacked- but having the “trail” line helps. There is an actual trail to follow at first, and then a heavily accessed unmarked trail up to the top of doubletop. But after that- I would not recommend you attempting if you are inexperienced. The mileage is also off. It’s seems like it is a little over 7.5 miles as a loop.

Completed the first leg of this trail going in a clockwise direction. As others pointed out, the beginning of the trail is marked up to a memorial bench along the Seager Yellow Trail. The entrance to the ascent is easy to miss which is the theme for the remainder of the path to the first peak. You’ll find yourself needing to deliberately plot your path forward. We referred to the plotted course in All Trails to determine general heading, but be prepared to make your way in slightly parallel paths when gps accuracy shows you slightly off course. Slow, steady, and frequent scanning are the themes for this trail in order to navigate it safely. There are more satisfying hikes than this.

We went to Fire Tower. It was clear and beautiful at the top. My 3 preteens handled it well, and I had the baby in the carrier.

I went with 3 kids (10, 10, 8) and 1 toddler (2) on my back. It is doable! I would rate this as moderate. It is rocky so hiking boots and walking sticks were a must. Worth the view at the top! The paths are clearly labeled. We went through day after it rained so it was muddy.

Perfect temps with the exception of zero visibility today. Could have done this hike in 3-4 hours, stopped many times to take photos. Well marked trail.

Trail the the fire tower, cloudy at the top but overall a beautiful hike.

Nice trail. Wide trail on blue markers. Red trail path like, gets rocky and steep. Amazing views from tower!!

I love this mountain. I am one of the Mountain Stewards on the weekends. Come enjoy this beautiful mountain.

Very nice hike, not too strenuous but it gets your heart rate going. Spectacular views from the fire tower. Would highly recommend this hike, even for a weekend hiker.

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