Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Cold Spring with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a cute little trail. Nothing overly difficult and definitely something a little different along the river.

The map on AllTrails doesn't actually include Cabot Trail. It's the white blazed trail about a mile down the Charcoal Burners (red) trail, and will take you down to Jordan Pond (worth a look). There is a nice rocky overlook above the pond that has a little bench, just off the trail to the right. Good place to stop and take a break. Then you continue along a short way until you come to the Perkins Trail in a clearing. Go right toward the horse farm. If you do it that way it's an 8+ mile hike. I liked seeing the horse rehabilitation center, and the area along the Perkins Trail that parallels the creek is nice, but this hike is lacking in views or any outstanding features. Lots of beautiful mountain laurel, ferns and a few lakes to gawk at, but I don't think I'd do it again when there are so many better local trails.

2 months ago

Short walk...a nice little connector trail which brings you to the Wicopee trail. A stroll through old farmland.. there are remnants of the farm all over, a chimney from the old farmhouse along with a barn a short walk away. Yellow blazed

One bridge (if you can call the ugly steel plates they use bridges) is out 3/4’s of a mile in. The creek isn’t too hard to cross anyway, but it’s due for a few repairs in the first mile.

Trails are well marked, the beginning is a well worn path for about a mile.

There’s a new alternate blaze green detour that takes you between the peaks rather than over them. (They have route maps posted, See pictures) There’s no real path and it’s less travelled, we enjoyed it since a foot injury prevented us from climbing higher anyway.

This route terminated at the turnpike entrance, there are no parking lots or structures nearby. You can follow the road around to reconnect with the Campbell Rd entrance.

Nice relaxing trail, no real challenges but worth it for lovely creek and spooky rock structures and walls.

Takes about 20-30 min to get there from parking. We were there at the end of the summer. So not much to see. Water Lilies were already rotting, reeds no better. We will comeback in the spring or early summer. If you go left from parking there is a water fall about 10 min away pass the red bridge. Very nice.

Beautiful views and easy hike...just be aware of the parking situation. We saw sheriffs writing tickets for all those that parked illegally, so just be aware of that. Gladly I got a legal spot...phew no tickets for me.

10 months ago

Hot, buggy, and muddy on the day we went but nice forest views.

Gorgeous Marsh, loved the views. very easy hike and peaceful until the helicopter's for overhead.

This trail was okay, there is a lot of a land but the view point were not the the best I have seen. It was still a pretty trail and I would say it's slightly harder. If your a new hiker this isn't a moderate trail you should start with.

simple hike, great for kids gorgeous views

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Easy peasy with a short incline and a narow steep climb down. Pretty little brook and postings of route's history. If anything it is just a tinsy hard than a walk in Central Park. Watch out for some pieces of broken glasses toward the peak of the hill.

Simple hike but the views are amazing...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

It's ok. More of a stroll. Tons of mosquitos and ticks!!! We picked 10 ticks off my dog.

Beautiful small place to take an easy stroll with great views of the local mountains and birds. Either season is great.

Friday, January 27, 2017

good for being so close to the city!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A nice hike to do with kids - we took our 15 month old and she hiked the yellow trail by the brook and part of the blue trail. Curious to see where the path on the left at the fork goes about 10 minutes in, will do that next time. It follows the brook more. Beautiful setting.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Very fun and family friendly. Off the beaten track.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Very good trail

Saturday, November 26, 2016

avoid all the signs telling you no trespassing, they're for that specific woods. if you keep driving up the long dirt road you will see a tennis court and you're there. strange entrance but a beautiful walk through a field, lots of abandoned chimneys and then a left alone collapsing barn. Didn't go much further than the barn because the sun was going down mostly seemed like just long trails in the woods. overall, quiet, interesting and beautiful getaway in the middle of nowhere.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I did White Washburn to Yellow Undercliff to Red Brook to Blue Cornish. It was extremely crowded until I moved past viewing spots on Undercliff. It was a nice ascent in beginning and very windy. It was a good hike and will be back to do more trails.

None of these reviews inform you that there is a rocky incline you need to walk to get to the marsh. Not terrible, probably not even the worst in the area, but definitely a workout and UNEXPECTED. I went fully anticipating an easy hike, but it wasn't a pleasant stroll through the woods. Then again the two hills back to the car were worse.

Friday, May 20, 2016

This was a really good hike, I only gave it 3 stars because there isn't actually something called the Hudson Highlands Trail and it can be really confusing without an actual destination. If you use the directions from the app, it's brings you to all different trail heads of the Hudson highlands state park. To follow the path shown here, take the white blazed trail, which is flat, until you reach a junction with a green blazed trail that goes up on the right. This route will take you to Round Hill. Take the green trail all the way until another junction with a blue blazed trail on the RIGHT. Be careful here because there is another blue trail on the left that goes to another part of the mountain. You will notice the correct blue trail goes straight up and gets rockier, this means you are nearing the lookout of round hill. Once you reach round hill, you can follow the blue trail all the way back down the other side of the mountain as a loop. Definitely bring a map.

Very short run, more like a sightseeing tour! However going back up was a great 1/4 mile incline for a brief workout. The waterfalls were fantastic for pictures. Be sure to go up towards the red bridge away from marsh / parking lot to view waterfalls! The marshlands were also spectacular for viewing west point

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The marsh starts as a trail through the woods and then a boardwalk to take you out into the middle of the tall grasses.
Check out my full write up with directions and other things to look out for.


I'm not sure why this says 13 miles. Maybe on the water there are trails that equal that?
For me it was about 1.3 miles from the parking area. Warning - you can only park a total of SIX cars here and if you try parking past that you will be ticketed or towed. This makes it extremely difficult to park as even along the street to this path there is no parking and nearest town is over a mile away.

There was definitely some beautiful scenery on the boardwalk area - but ithat area was much, much smaller than pictures lead you to believe. Maybe a 1/4 mile loop of boardwalk, if that. The trail is about a 1/2 mile and the rest is just a walk down the dirt road from the parking area. If you go up away from the trail you can take a short half mile walk to a pretty waterfall.

All in all not a terrible trail/path but it's very short and definitely not something you would want to travel to see.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Amazing day of hiking!!!! Started at breakneck ridge trail (very difficult) and continued through to the casino trail and down mount beacon park, both of which are easy trails.

Breakneck is the most fun I've had hiking, with intense rock scrambles and climbs that start immediately and don't let up. If you have a fear of heights or don't like climbing, I'd suggest taking the Washburn trail or breakneck bypass trail instead.

Breakneck ridge trail ends at the firepower, which by the time we got there was too crowded for my liking. We continued straight on to the casino trail and descended mt beacon park. Very busy.

Most people took the trail back to 9d (once you reach the final climb, it's on the left) which made for a quiet hike through the woods. Not many people were up for the 10 miles or so this hike lasted.

If you've seen one marsh you've seen 'em all. Just kidding. The boardwalk is a nice touch, but only cuts into a tiny bit of Constitution Marsh. To really see the marsh, you need to kayak/canoe it. Required for completists, recommended for anyone who wants to throw in some wetland diversity into their mountain hikes, but overall it's non-essential.

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