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

Cliff and lake views- nice

Great waterfall at the end. There is also a campsite at the falls, if you wanted to hike in and spend an evening. Most of the trail is creek bed, with about 1-2 inches of water present after a rain in most portions. If there is heavy rain, be prepared to climb over a few logs.

Moderate trail even after a heavy rain. Payoff is the beautiful series of waterfalls.

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5 days ago

It takes a bit of effort to get to this one, but it's worth it for the payoff.

You have to park on a one-way road and walk about 50 yards through an un-shaded area to get to the trail. (The parking lot in the directions is closed).

Once in the trees, it's very cool and you can hear the water. You can see the waterfall about a quarter of a mile in, and the trail is easy up until that point.

After the first lookout, you climb up stone steps to the top of the waterfall. Keep going further and there is an area you can swim in.

There was another trail branching of that had a blank sign No idea where that went.

This is not my favorite trail. It’s not really in the woods and there isn’t much sun cover. Stony kill falls is beautiful and so is the lake. The wolf jaw connection is poorly marked to enter and then once you’re in it’s poorly marked to follow. Without gps and the map I would not have known what to follow. But hey, there’s a lot to appreciate about the lake. It’s warm (relatively) and you can catch the occasional nudist. The stony kill falls were the highlight of the hike.

Great trail! The main part is on a carriage road and very easy to walk. There are options to break off onto various (more challenging) footpaths along the route, but even just staying on the main road was beautiful—small waterfalls, scenic views, and interesting wildlife! Not too crowded either. After three miles this trail ends and morphs into other trails, like the Castle Point trail, etc. AllTrails counts it as a 10 mile loop if you do a combination of all of those smaller trails after the 3 mile Awosting trail (which ends at Lake Awosting). The whole ten miles is worth it though...crystal clear lakes, cliffs, rocky outcrops, mostly flat the whole time if you stay on the carriage road. A great walk!

16 days ago

Awesome trails. Just avoid the carriageway (boring to hike) – you can catch trails all the way instead.

Also note that the trail to the falls may be cut off after plentiful rain, but it's still worth it just for the Mossy Glen section (immediate left off carriageway at parking lot).

Took the dogs (chihuahuas) & walked in Birkenstocks. The parking area was closed so parked on the road.

we did this yesterday with a slight alterations. absolutely beautiful views. We got caught in an endless thunderstorm (there was only a 20% chance it would storm) on the way back through Castle Rock which was quite terrifying with all the lightning, but also incredible with the views of the storm over the land. we had done this one before when it was very, very hot and it was much harder so the rains were actually a nature blessing in disguise.

1 month ago

Excellent hike. Trailhead was not difficult to find based on the AllTrails directions. It took us right to the parking lot which had signs towards the trail across the street. The path was wide for the most part and very easy to follow. There was one confusing part about 1mi into the hike which was a fork in the path. There were two wide paths so we did not know which one to follow, but we stuck to the right and it took us the correct way. At the end we took a swim in the water which was cold but felt amazing as it was a hot summer day. The hike back was a breeze, mostly downhill. The hike to get to the falls was not very challenging and perfect for a quick and easy thing. Mostly shaded. Took us 40min, and the way back was maybe 20min. Would do it again! Very fun.

Everything I have hiked in Minnewaska has been great and this one is great too. Nice for hiking, picnicking, or just a leisurely stroll.
A nice lake, great view points, a water fall, and even small beach if you so desire.
I would suggest going on a weekday or not peak time as it can get very crowded.

My only complaint was with the Millbrook Mountain foot path - at the start a sign stated that its a mile hike (2 miles there and back)that leads to a some great cliffs (always a favorite of mine), About 75% of the way there is another sign that states you can not go further without a MOHONK pass (its not like i could purchase one mid trail) and upon arrival at the end of the trail i came to find the cliffs were closed for nesting falcons. I am not about to disturb the falcons but it would have been nice to know prior to the start since its really the reason to take this trail.
Both were surprises and NOT stated anywhere at the start. I only bring this up because everything else was VERY well marked so it seemed odd.

1 month ago

Great easy hike with a wide path. Many fun things to check out along the way with beautiful views.

1 month ago

Easy hike. Nice Forrest views with a small set of falls at the top. Great place to cool down. Quick little hike

Beautiful trail. Not difficult. Family friendly. Lovely views

Stop in New Paltz while you’re there

Easy hike , falls were visually appealing.

Nice hike and beautiful waterfalls.

1 month ago

Watch out for rattlesnakes! One was hiding under a rock I stepped near and warned me I was too close.
Good hike, but the falls were a little lacking with water. Maybe next time will be better.

Nice easy trail to see some wildlife and scenic overlooks.

2 months ago

Nice little hike. Easy enough for kids!

Beautiful glacier lake. The trail is a wide carriage path for a large section of the way. The climb from the creek to the overlook at the top can be slippery- lots of moss and wet stones. The view from the top is stunning. I added in Gertrude’s Nose Trail to make this a 8-8.5 mile hike.

2 months ago

is camping allowed on this trail?

I hike with my husband and two children almost every weekend. This trail is easy for us and the kids, it has beautiful views, but it's also challenging enough to make me sweat! Highly recommend!

An easy stroll with ups and downs yields beautiful views!

2 months ago

Lovely trail with some solid views. It will be crowded on weekends, so go early. It’s all gravel carriage roads with the exception of the portion from Milbrook Mountain back to Lake Minnewaska. This section is a rocky footpath that descends to the Coxing Kill river (be careful this section is WET and slippery) and then increases in elevation to reach the lake.

2 months ago

I am 63. With a new hip. This was a terrific hike and a wonderful challenge for me. I went with my 12 year old son. The rock scrambling was short but as challenging as I want. After the falls was more difficult than the first part of the loop. The descent after the second scramble was difficult but rewarding. There were several descents and climbs and wonderful views. My 12 year old seemed half mountain goat and loved it. He was tired as well. I am slow so it took 6.5 hours including a 45 minute lunch break at the base of the falls. We even out ran a thunder storm! A great day!

Easy walk on washout road . Very cool spot to spend time at the top

Excellent views, really easy trail. Cost $10 per car to get in.

Beautiful hike that offers a little of everything; small scrambles, waterfalls, views, footpaths. Perfect challenge to all levels.

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