Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

Better trail maps would have made not getting lost a little easier. However it was a nice day and we all had a good time.

Cool wildlife but it smelt really gross.

Very easy walking around the lake.
Good for kids!

This trail has it all! I highly recommend the rock scramble as it affords you a view of the valley that is remarkable. Once you are at the top, you can take a less steep trail down. It's close to New Paltz where you can go after for a post hike meal or shopping.

mountain biking
5 days ago

This trail kicked my butt! I am fairly new to trail riding and wanted to try and test my limits. This trail is close. I enjoyed riding it and in a few spots walking it. I do have to say I made it through some things I wouldn't have thought I could do. All in all I will be back.

On 7/10/18 I completed:

Spruceton Horse Trail --> Hunter Mountain Trail --> Devil's Path --> Diamond Notch Trail

It was 85 degrees and beautiful clear skies.

The Hunter Mountain Fire Tower is by far the best part about this hike. Really stunning.

Everyone gives great reviews on here. The trail can get super muddy when it's raining a lot that week, the flies are omni-present (I use Coleman's Deet-free Oil of Lemon and Euculyptus repellent and it worked like a charm), and there's are a few tough segments (Spruceton Horse Trail is steep as hell and Devil's Path is just downhill and annoyingly choppy-rocky).

One thing that I would add is, make sure you put on high socks or pants. Throughout the trail there are little grasses leaning over to try to graze your leg and drop off a tick. Lyme disease is no joke and be able to enjoy more with your mind at ease.

One, downside to this route is that there are not many lookouts (maybe 3 total?). Mainly, its put your head down and hike ... in a good way though. It's a good challenge. Do it.

beautiful walk nice quiet beach

Great scenery. Love Stoney Pond!

The bike ride was a quick loop, took about a half hour to go around (maybe less). We found a view of the water and parked our bikes. We took a steep trail down to the beach and enjoyed the view and the breeze. Very nice and relaxing afternoon. I wouldn't recommend this trail if you are looking for a work out, but was pretty, well kept and overall a pleasant experience.

mountain biking
9 days ago

Really a horse trail. Loose cinder trail. Similar to a fire road. Not technical at all. Good for building endurance.

The trail is wonderful and I would give it a 5 star rating were it not for very poor sign posts.

Fire tower just opened back up for the public, they did a nice job. Strenuous and somewhat steep with a lot of bare rock on the last part, but the views are well worth the hike. There’s a sign that says “Wakely Mtn Observation 1.0 miles” right before the steeper section it’s definitely farther than a mile but nonetheless a well rewarding hike. Deer flies were my best friends on the way up that was the only issue

I haven’t hiked this yet, but the trail and Firetower have been REOPENED

We took Spruceton road trail to Hunger Mountain and the Fire Tower. Eric, the guide/post guy, at the tower was friendly, informative, and helpful. The climb up the fire tower was a little scary for me but doable and gorgeous. We took the devils path route down and that was a difficult trek due to descent grade and miles of loose rocks. Overall a great hike.

9 days ago

very nice trail, well marked. will definitely be back!

Fun trails to run! Buggy tho!

Enjoyed this hike on Father’s Day weekend. We passed no one on the trail. It was moderate for our son, whom is 4.5. He completed the hike in its entirety, which was doable with breaks ( we stopped two times for a snack and a drink break). We enjoyed the change in incline and the scenery. The trails are all marked well and maintained. We did cross over one bridge that was in need of much repair, however it seemed as though it was being set for work relatively soon. I would recommend brining a pack with snacks if you are bringing your kiddo(s). All in all a good hike. Completed in plenty of time to venture into a nearby town for a late afternoon lunch. Don’t forget to pay the 3$ entry fee.

walking
12 days ago

GRT plc 2 hike in the morning and evening.horses welcome.stay on the roads.idk bout

very nice prelude to Mohonk

I’m so glad I found this trail! It offers the views on every turn. From open vistas on the ridge to interesting rock formations and interesting and non monotonous forest.
I started counter clock wise and both myself and two other families took a wrong turn off the trail on the first half mile of trailhead. Maybe there should be an additional trail marker. But if you pay more attention that we did today, you won’t get lost.
I saw some people with dogs but not sure how dogs manage climbing the boulders part. The elevation gain is very gentle and climbing parts make the trail interesting. Red trail portion is a little wet and offers some magical deep forest feel.
Saw a wild turkey and a deer.

I've hiked it many times. Trail maintanance has noticeably declined over the years

hiking
19 days ago

Challenging rock scramble with rewarding views of the Catskills and areas southeast including Breakneck & Storm King. One of the best sunset destinations in the area.

nature trips
19 days ago

Even with wet weather, we greatly enjoyed rambling through the woods of Ferncliff Forest, taking all the little side trails and switch-backs. The trails are very well marked & maintained, and the map is accurate.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful summer afternoon for a hike. The bright sun and cool breeze made for an enjoyable walk to Lock 19. We saw several blue herons and a huge snapping turtle in the old canal.

The only drawback today was the copious amount of goose poop in several locations along the path. There was so much that it smelled like the poultry barn at the county fair.

on Hunter's Creek Park

hiking
22 days ago

This trail system is beautiful and well marked! I didn't follow the map it gives you on here but there are a lot more options than just this one trail loop. It was easy for me and my dog, and we both loved wading in the creek. The small rapids were so nice to sit by and relax! Definitely comimg back here!

hiking
22 days ago

Moderately populated. Trail markers are spotty at best - easy to get lost if you're not careful about your bearings, but a great place to get lost in. When in doubt, follow the creek.

Lovely but poorly marked trails.

p57 ikaou

Wonderful local trail run for LI

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