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

This one was kind of strange. Directions take you to a trail head on the shoulder of Taconic State Parkway. Walk 1 Mile in either direction on the trail and you will run into "Do Not Enter" trail markers. It appears this trail is mainly used for cross country skiing and/or snowmobiles? Not sure what I'm missing here.

The Three Lakes section is scenic and easy except in the very beginning. The AT half of the loop has steep climbs and not as much to see. We're not fast and we completed in under 3.5 hours. Next time I will take the side trail to look at the abandoned mines.

It was really nice and almost clearly marked for novice hikers but at the point where it loops back we got so lost we followed the blue dots across the creek which ended up being a different trail only realizing it when I looked at this app that we had gone way off the trail, we turned around and could not find our way back on the trail off course it was my first time using this app and didn’t want to pay for it not knowing if it’s any good so I used google maps gps to bush wack our way towards the parking lot finally crossing the return trail that now had white markers instead of blue. At the turn around point where we got lost an area almost appeared like there was a bit of a land slide cause the path pretty much disappeared into a bit of a cliff. It was great though. I will be buying this app

1 month ago

Quick, simple hike with plenty of nature to be seen...beavers, fish, birds. The pond is very pretty, surrounded by several Mountain Laurels.

Good close by trail. Good variety of terrain.

Nice trail, highly moderate in some spots, easy in others. Scenic and quiet. Although it was a beautiful day, few people on the trail, just like we like it.

I really enjoyed this trail. Beautiful scenery and two beautiful lakes.

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4 months ago

I don’t know if it was because it was one of the first actual spring feeling days or what but this was an amazing little/easy hike around the pond. When you first get there, it’s a little loud with the road and all the people there bbq’ing, fishing and “partying” at the picnic tables but once you get far enough away, it’s not as loud and is very peaceful and beautiful.

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4 months ago

Great for kids just starting out or for your first hike of the year and you need to lose some lbs without going to strenuous

Pretty loop to do in the winter. Fairly flat.

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6 months ago

Easy quick hike!! Trail around pond was beautiful a day after some snow had fallen

The creek on the AT off Sunken Mine Rd was too deep to cross; a section of the beaver dam burst.
Returned via blue trail.

This is a nice trail with a few views now that the leaves are off the trees. Also added a part of CT Trail and that view is worth it.

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10 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful wildflowers and nice views of the pond.

11 months ago

Pretty views

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

After not feeling well for a few days this hike was the perfect medicine to feel better!! Took solace in the sound of birds and the breeze through the trees. Nice quick hike....pop unto the boulders for a beautiful view of the Hudson Highlands.

No views to see besides trees, narrow path, many rocks. OK.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Really nice, easy hike. We brought our 4 year old and he had no trouble. Excellent for kids and someone looking for a leisurely stroll

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Very nice and peaceful.

Nice long walk through nature and pretty lake view. The trail did not lead to any spectacular vistas, and even the hardest parts were not very challenging. I did find a tick on me so use bug spray! Overall, not bad; a good trail for beginners.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Easy to find from the parking lot GPS and clearly marked with blue blazes. We only made it halfway because the rain started coming down in buckets.

It may have become more moderate in the second half, but it was very easy except for a couple of small uphill stretches and one small scramble towards the start. Overall it felt fairly remote and far from suburbia, however, there were a couple of dirt roads running through. The topography changed throughout the hike - lake, dams, etc - which was nice and the trees were pretty. I wonder what the second half of the hike would have been like -- from the map it looked a little confusing as to which loop to take. Would go back and explore this trail and Fahnestock in general more.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

It's a great beginner trail. Got my wife out with me takes about four hours. Plenty of parking and some nice views

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Good trail. Use the many trails that intersect with it to make a nice "loop"

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Pretty good workout on this 6 mile loop. Varying terrain, with minor rock climbing as the trail runs up the rocks in 2 different places. Not too many good views, unless you like lakes, streams, marshlands, and a closed mine or two. This is backwoods with very little sounds, other than wildlife.

started at Dennytown rd hiked to 301. my brother and I camped out one night. saw 5 or 6 fire pit campsites along the way only a few taken. Didn't encounter any dangerous wildlife besides one black racer midday. more of a moderate hike made strenuous with our 40lbs camping packs. over all a pleasant experience.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Three Lakes - Appalachian Trail loop is a good 5.5 mile track. It is labeled as Moderate to Strenuous by the NYNJTC, but I would call it more moderate. The Three Lakes trail is well marked. The Appalachian Trail section at the northern end could use some more markers or repaint the current ones. Note that the bridge crossing the stream at John Allan Pond is out and you have a choice of using a bridge of two logs tied together or stones laid in the water. The trail offers good views and you get to see two beaver dams - and all of the stumps that they have left behind. All together - a good hike. Will return in summer for a different view.

I set out for a chilly weekday winter hike. Six miles and no sight of any people all day.

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1 day ago

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