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Best trails in Carmel

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Looking for a great trail near Carmel, New York? AllTrails has 5 great hiking 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 Bear Mountain State Park or Minnewaska State Park Preserve, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Mount Beacon Park or Mohonk Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Carmel ranging from 2.7 to 3.5 miles and from 419 to 898 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Carmel
Top trails (5)
#1 - Nimham Fire Tower Loop
Ninham Mountain Multiple Use Area
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 47 m
Hunters use this trail. Wear highly visible equipment. Show more
#2 - Hawk Rock and Mead Farm Trail
Horse Pound Brook Unit
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
#3 - White Pond Trail
Carmel, New York
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
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.Show more
#4 - Leaf, Yellow, Green, Orange and Brown Trails
Carmel, New York
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#5 - King's Chamber and Moose Hill Loop [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Clarence Fahnestock State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
The goal of this hike is the so-called King’s Chamber, a quite large stone structure built into the side of a hill. Both the date of construction and its purpose is obscure. Some internet “information” makes fanciful connections to ancient Druids and the like, with descriptions of magnetic anomalies around them. Not putting any faith in such mythology, the question remains what it (and other, smaller structures like it) was. Root cellar? Animal pen? The King's Chamber is supposedly the largest structure of its kind (about 7.5 feet square at the base and about 8 feet high). It is on a hill to the left of the path at 1.4 miles. If you continue further on the path, you'll find a smaller such chamber to the left, this chamber clearly being part of what was once a larger building. Continuing a bit further on the path, you find remnants of a Civilian Construction Corps encampment, with a covered pavilion and an isolated fireplace, as well as a shed. There are more sheds after you turn left at a fork in the road. If you don't want to make the fairly steep ascent and descent of Moose Hill, which has no real views, just retrace your steps.Show more