Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in New York with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
19 hours ago

This was an enjoyable solo hike for me. Mostly gentle, woodsy trails that cross with local bike trails and cross-country trails. Steep portion early on and once you get to McCauley ski area to summit. At a steady pace, took 1.5 hours. Be prepared with map and aware of trail markers, as intersections with other trails can be confusing at times. Nice views of Old Forge at top!

I just hiked this trail on Thursday of this past week. It was great ... and despite the description, there are beautiful views to the south if you follow a short little trail behind the "Mt Marshall" sign on the big rock at the summit. We encountered some mud towards the top, but by no means impassable or difficult, the waters were generally low along the brook and it wasn't buggy at all. The steepest climbing took place right before we reached the summit. We actually clocked our trek at 19.2 RT from Upper Works trailhead. A fun day ... albeit long! Great views of Iroquois as we descended!

Nice out and back hike pretty reasonable climb with a few scramble spots. A good family hike.

Nice work out! Up the mountain most of the way. Fantastic view at the top. Bring some lunch and enjoy the food and view. Took me 1 hr and 10 min. I took my time, pictures and chatted w fellow hikers.
Back down it took me 30 min.

My favorite Long Island trail I’ve hiked so far. I’ve been there 3 times and always a pleasure. I have never had any problem with too many bugs and never had a tick on me at this location. Lots of Long Island spots have tick and mosquito problems. Nice loop trail around the lake, it’s good for anyone including children. They have rowboats and campsites for rent, but I have never done either of those. Really beautiful spot and it quiet. Horses on trails as well. Kind of a secret spot on Long Island. Trail is mostly flat, no overwhelming hills. I’ll always return to this spot.

A nice trail shaded but there red trail needs to be updated so pay attention. The blue lines are good. And you can get good milage out of this area. Nice for biking too.

This trail should not be considered as hard. I would say moderate. A friend of mine did about 80% of it with a stroller!

Most of the elevation gain happens at the beginning, and it is steep, but once you get to the top of this stretch it is much more gradual. At the end, the view is pretty nice, with a large opening looking outward to Williamstown/North Adams. You can see many windmills on adjacent hills. Otherwise, it isn't that rewarding.

Nice, easy trail to walk. Mostly flat terrain. Very quiet, peaceful & smells like Christmas! Not very clearly marked, so there was some confusion at times, but overall enjoyable. Not all who use this trail clean up after their dog so be careful where you step!

Nice hills. Clear trails . Amazing its in ny.

very nice trail.challenging your at an steep incline tge whole way.watch your step you dont wanna fall. the view is worth it.

Hiked the trail “backwards.” Started out going left on the paved trail. Slow easy incline for the first half following cool ruins and a nice creek. Elevation started to pick up and then we started to hit the viewing points. Steep rocky decent. Awesome mushrooms the whole way and a few wildflowers.

This hike was amazing. It was only 1.8 or 2.0 miles and it only took an hour or a little bit more to hike. The views were amazing! Would totally recommend it!

Went after it rained not the best to be in while all the bugs and mosquitos are buzzing in your face but that’s what trails are for. Tower was pretty scary coming down but not bad. Nice view once you get to the top.

try to get this hike in once a year! love the view

PARK AT LAUREL HOUSE ROAD! The trail and falls are simply awesome, but parking on 23A is insane. Continue past into Hunter and park above the falls, where they have beautiful trails leading to all parts and viewing areas. Im a little chubby and would call this moderate, not easy, but all in all just loved it!

My wife and I took our dog and our boys hiking there yesterday. Crossing the creek was a bit challenging at the North end of the trail and it was a bit muddy, but overall it was a nice hike and the trail was well marked. They need to fix some of the steps though, the wood or rock has slid and it leaves an exposed rebar rod sticking out of the ground.

This red line is not accurate. Either start at Shelving Rock trailhead or Sleeping Beauty trail head. Either way you will be walking Shelving Rock Rd to get back to your car which ever way you came from. The map here takes you around the summit of Sleeping Beauty but it is cooler to make it to the top there and there is a trail that goes down to Bumps Pond. From there its easy trail passing the other ponds Fishbrook, Millman and Lapland. This map doesn't show but when you go right towards Lapland you can keep going towards the trail head for black mountain. That way you can start the trip back going up Black Mt with a sweet view of Lake George to the north. The way down to is narrow windy and steep and then the trail down to Black Mt pt is soft but is a decent decline. You get to walk past a bunch of campsites on the lake. I turned to early and it was getting dark. It was pretty windy and I was beat after about 16/17 miles.

This hike was so much fun! Parked at Shelving Rock Falls Lot #1 and took about an hour to get to Calf’s Pen. Then my 11 and 13 yo sons jumped off the cliffs and had a blast. Hike back was the same. I would not call this difficult since there isn’t a ton of uphill but it is dangerous because the trail is right next to the water and at one point my 11 year old slipped off the trail and actually fell in! Luckily it was only 3-4 feet down and we pulled him out unharmed. Be careful!!

Been hiking snowy for 20 years, every time we come to Indian Lake. Took our ambitious 6 year old one year which was a bit much for him. Last part is a scramble and some friends we've taken have really struggled, but if you are in decent shape it is not hard. Views from fire tower are worth every step.

on Brandy Brook Trail

backpacking
4 days ago

easy trail for the family to enjoy

hiking
4 days ago

Very challenging but worth it! Everything from rock climbing, beautiful views of the Hudson, to waterfalls and babbling brooks.

Beautiful, singletrack, fun trails that take to through a mix of dense old forests and historic homesteads. Great place for an after work run.

Great overall hike for some perfect views! Take this recommended Loop and you wont be disappointed. No part of this trail is too hard that a family cant do. We got to the top in 45min, & continued on to bushwack to Erebus (that takes some planning). Feel free to send me a message for best recommended route. Enjoy!

Long and challenging but well worth it. Doing this loop gives a nice diversity of things to see as opposed to the shorter out and back to top Algonquin. Highly recommend

Fantastic trail. Hiked with 8 & 9 year old, they did great. Beautiful view.

Great trail for kids. Well groomed and marked. Falls were beautiful.

again. this trail is NOT dog friendly. It begins within the park proper. No state park will allow dogs off leash.

ATV track/old dirt road the lake. nothing amazing, but it's great to see local trails like this maintained and used.

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