HIKES

Here are some popular hikes in the area. Please always exercise caution. Remember to dress appropriately for hikes and bring water with you. We ask that you practice carry-in, carry-out system. Dogs should be kept on a leash unless otherwise posted.

We also recommend guided hikes with NYSDEC-licensed hiking guide, Dave Holden. He has explored and mapped Woodstock’s backwoods for over 30 years and has been a volunteer trail-keeper for many of those. 

 

COMEAU TRAIL

Highlights: Dog friendly, Streamside
Near: Woodstock, NY
Distance: Approximately 1 mile loop
Difficulty: Easy
Trail Condition: Maintained trail
Hike Type: Loop
Summary: This 77 acre property is part of the Woodstock Land Conservancy. It is an idyllic streamside trail that is family and dog friendly. 

Trailhead: 1 Comeau Drive, Woodstock, NY 12498

ESOPUS BEND NATURE PRESERVE

Highlights: Esopus Creek, Stony Point
Near: Barclay Heights in Saugerties, NY
Distance: 1.2 mile loop
Difficulty: Easy
Trail Condition: Maintained trail
Hike Type: Loop
Summary: The 156-acre preserve is located partially within both the village and town of Saugerties along a dramatic bend in the Esopus Creek. The Schroeder Trail (1.2 mile loop) follows an old farm road and footpath down to and along Esopus Creek, looping back over a historic Carriage Road, which was once used to gain access to a scow ferry that crossed Esopus Creek at Stony Point. Spur trails lead to viewpoints of the creek and Stony Point. Trailhead: From 9W take Overbaugh Street. Make a left onto Simmons Drive, a Right onto Appletree Drive and a Left onto Shady Lane. There is a parking lot that can accommodate a few cars.


FALLING WATERS PRESERVE

Highlights: Hudson River views, waterfalls
Near: Glasco, NY Distance: roughly two miles of trails
Difficulty: Easy
Trail Condition: maintained trail
Hike Type: Loop
Summary: Falling Waters Preserve is an excellent place to explore the rugged beauty of the Hudson River, hiking atop rock ledges that slant precipitously into the water while occasionally descending to the shoreline. On your way to (or from) the mile-long trail hugging the river, you'll pass other scenic treasures, including a meadow affording outstanding views of the Catskills and a picturesque waterfall. Trailhead: From Saugerties, drive south on Route 9W; turn left onto Joseph's Drive, then turn right at the T intersection onto York Street. Dominican Lane will be your first left.


KAATERSKILL FALLS

Highlights: highest two tiered waterfall in New York
Near: Haines Falls, NY
Distance: 1 mile round trip; Elevation Gain: 300 ft
Hike Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
HikeType: Out and Back
Summary: Kaaterskill Falls is the highest two-tiered waterfall in New York state. It is a very popular spot - especially during the warmer Summer months. From the parking area, walk down to the bridge. Be cautious walking along the shoulder of the road. Near the bridge is Bastion Falls. Continue on the trail (yellow markers) for about 0.5 miles to the base of Katterskill Falls. The water drops 260 feet in two stages. The first drop is 180 feet while the second is only 80 feet. The official trail ends here. Turn around and head back. Trailhead: Take NY Route 32 North. Veer left onto 32A. Left onto 23A going west through Pallenville. In about 3 miles you will get to a sharp hair-pin turn where you will cross a bridge and see some nice falls on the right). The parking area is up the road on the left. DAY HIKES in the Saugerties Area


OVERLOOK MOUNTAIN

Highlights: great views, ruins of old hotel, fire lookout tower
Near: Woodstock, NY
Distance: 5 miles round trip; Elevation Gain: 1400 ft
Hike Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Condition: Fire road/pavement
HikeType: Out and Back Summary: This is a very popular hike that can be combined with a visit to the village of Woodstock. The trail follows the jeep road to the summit. The gravel road is blazed with red markers. After 2 miles of steady climbing, you reach the ruins of the old Overlook mountain hotel. Only the concrete shell remains. A trail comes in from the left which leads to Echo Lake. Continue straight ahead to the fire tower. Near the cabin is a short trail that leads to a scenic overlook with a grand view of the Hudson valley and the Ashokan reservoir. Trailhead: Take NYS Thruway (87) to Exit 20. Get on Rte 212 heading west. When you reach the center of Woodstock, take right on Rock City Road. This road becomes Mead Mountain Road after crossing Glasco Turnpike. The parking area is on the right across from the Buddhist Temple - about 1.5 miles from Rte 212.


HUCKLEBERRY POINT

Highlights: Moderate hike to outstanding views. Great for the kids.
Distance: 4.5 miles round trip; Elevation Gain: 1100 ft;
Hike Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots
Hike Type: Out and Back
Summary: A hike to a beautiful overlook that doesn't involve a vigorous, 3-4 hour climb. The blue blazed trail (Part of the Long Path) starts at the parking area on Platte Clove Road. It begins as a gentle climb up a heavily eroded woods road. After about 3/4 mile it reaches a junction with the yellow blazed Huckleberry Point trail. Turn right here. The trail is more pleasant here, as it's now a narrow path through the forest. It crosses a stream, then climbs a bit before descending towards Huckleberry Point. Here you will find outstanding views of the Hudson Valley to the east and Indian Head, Plattekill and Twin Mtns to the south. Trailhead: NYS Thruway to exit 20. 212 West to Centerville. Turn right (North) on CR-35, then left onto CR-33 towards West Saugerties. This becomes Platte Clove Rd. Parking area is on right just before The Bruderhoff. Winter: Platte Clove Rd between parking and West Saugerties is closed in the winter so you will have to approach this from the west during the winter months. In winter take Route 234 through Palenville and Tannersville. Make left on Bloomer Rd. Bear left onto Platte Clove Rd. Parking area will be on left just past the Bruderhoff.


DIBBLE'S QUARRY

Highlights: great view, stone benches and structures, great picnic location
Distance: 1.5 miles round trip
Hike Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Trail Condition: Maintained trail
Hike Type: Out and back Summary: This is a magical spot, located at the remnants of an old quarry. Follow the trail to the first junction. Take the left fork. Trailhead: Take 212 West to Centerville. Right on Rt. 35. Left on Rt. 33, which become Rt. 16. Left on Dale Road. Right on Roaring Kill Road. Trailhead on left. 


POET'S LEDGE

Highlights: mountain views
Distance: 6.5 miles round trip; Elevation Gain: 2200 ft
Hike Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
Hike Type: Out and Back
Summary: Poets Ledge, perched above the Kaaterskill Clove, has a view that has inspired artists for centuries. It is a steady climb for most of the way. You reach the first view point with a view of the Catskill Escarpment and Hudson Valley. Continue until you reach a yellow trail which branches off to the right. It leads to Poets Ledge in 1/2 mile. Trailhead: Take Rte 32A West to Village of Palenville to Rte 23A. About 0.5 miles past the intersection with Rte 23A, there is small forest preserve parking area on the right (just before the "Entering the Catskills" sign). From the parking area, continue walking west along Rte 23A. After the bridge over Kaaterskill Creek, turn left onto Malden Ave. Continue past both barricades. Turn right onto the old road (Red Gravel Hill Road) which is after the house past the Inn. The trail is marked with blue DEC markers.


POETS' WALK PARK

Highlights: Hudson River views
Near: Barrytown, NY
Distance: varies
Difficulty: Mild
Trail Condition: Well-maintained
Hike Type: Out and back
Summary: The park celebrates the connection between landscape and poetry. The park's mown and gravel paths provide access to the 120 acres of fields and forest. The Park's design reflects 19th century picturesque style of American landscape design. The extraordinary vistas, sunlit fields and thick forest were the focus of landscape architect Hans Jacob Ehlers vision for the property in 1849. Using walls of foliage and breaks in the rise of a fields or a stone wall, he created several "outdoor rooms", each evoking a different atmosphere. As you walk the Park, you will see the maturity of his design which has endured through the efforts of previous landowners. Today, the visual integrity of the Park and its setting is protected by The Scenic Hudson Land Trust's conservation easements on the surrounding 800 acres. Trailhead: Take 9W South. Take Hwy 199 East across the Hudson at the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. At the first traffic light after bridge, turn left onto River Road, County Route 103. Drive about 1/2 mile until you see the signs for the park. Poet's Walk Park is on the left side of the road.


FERNCLIFF FOREST

Highlights: Lookout tower with Hudson River views
Near: Rhinecliff, NY
Distance: varies
Difficulty: mild
Trail Condition: well-maintained
Hike Type: Loop or out and back
Summary: Forested area with trails and camping areas. A fire lookout provides spectacular views of the river and surrounding area. Trailhead: Take 9W South. Take Hwy 199 East across the Hudson at the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. At the first traffic light after bridge, turn right onto River Road, County Route 103. Drive 0.7 miles and take a slight left at Mount Rutsen Rd. Drive 0.8 miles to trailhead parking on right side of road.