Explore the most popular lake 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

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!

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.

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.

Beautiful trail. Not difficult. Family friendly. Lovely views

Stop in New Paltz while you’re there

Nice easy trail to see some wildlife and scenic overlooks.

camping
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!

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

It is a very pretty hike, but this is more like a skiing trail that can also be hiked (when theres no snow), 90% graveled trails, not difficult at all, the only difficult part is the distance, other than that, the trail is easy and with very little elevation gain, does have a nice seasonal beach that can only be hiked to, I imagine it gets packed though in the summer

walking
3 months ago

Nice walk. Highly recommend to visit the waterfalls nearby

walking
4 months ago

Family friendly, pedestrian heavy trail and lots of dogs. Late March stroll resulted in a few snowy patches.

Beautiful, well established trail - there was a bit of slippery snowy slush that hadn’t melted yet, but totally doable in hiking shoes. We brought our dog and we ran into plenty of fellow pups.

Long but flat woods road most of the way up. Didn't go further up than Lake Awosting, but swung by Rainbow Falls. Views from the top are great.

Harder than moderate

Easy and nice views

Easy loop with beautiful views

Closed for hiking, skiing only.

Great views of the Catskills. Breathtaking lake only 90 miles from the busiest city in the world. Great escape, highly recommend

Easy loop with well maintained trails and nice views.

Skied this yesterday. Mostly flat, though there are a few gentle hills. Amazing views.

Beautiful views. Nice trails, I altered it a little.

best scenery and easy walkway. also good for bike.

hiking
9 months ago

Highly recommend this trail. Spectacular scenery all the way.It was an easy walk. Love it.

We biked the routes and enjoyed the views very much.

Amazing.

I changed the track a little. I took Castle Point to the Blueberry Run Trail, over the Awosting Carriage Road down to Peters Kill, then backtracked back up to the Awosting Carriage Road, and then went around Lake Minnewaska on the Minnewaska Carriage Trail. It was a beautiful hike, roughly 12 miles. I liked the Blueberry Run Trail the most. It had the least amount of people and had a more diverse atmosphere.

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