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Green Pond/Boston Mine Shorter Loop from Route 106

Overview

This loop hike passes the historic Boston Mine and pristine Green Pond.

Details
Time:
2 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Length:
2.8 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Historic feature, Woods
Publication
First Published:
05/03/2011

Updated/Verified:
05/03/2011
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

Green Pond Harriman State Park. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

Parking


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See also
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.234516, -74.148972
Driving Directions

Coming from the south, take N.Y. Route 17 to the exit for N.Y. Route 17A  (about 2.4 miles north of Tuxedo). Turn right at the top of the ramp onto County Route 106 and continue for 2.2 miles to a Hikers' Trailhead Parking Area on the right side of the road, just beyond a sharp curve.

Coming from the north, take N.Y. Route 17 to the exit for N.Y. Route 17A  (about one mile south the intersection with Orange Turnpike in Southfields). Turn left at the top of the ramp onto County Route 106 and continue for 2.2 miles to a Hikers' Trailhead Parking Area on the right side of the road, just beyond a sharp curve.

Description

From the parking area, cross to the north side of the road and bear left on the White Bar Trail, blazed with white horizontal rectangles.

Lake Ames Park

Photo

Map


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Park Overview:

This park features a large playground facility, with picnic areas and a walking trail around the lake. Shoreline fishing is permitted. No swimming or boating.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:3 miles
Park Acreage:285 acres
City/County/
State:
Rockaway Township/Morris/NJ
Buy Trail Map:Jersey Highlands: Central North Region Trails Map
Park Description:

Purchased by Rockaway Township for nearly $1 million in 1979, this park has picnic and playground facilities, a pavillion and opportunities for short walks.

Trails Overview:

In additioan to the walk around the lake, more ambitious walkers will find a red tral that meets snake hill road about 100' West of the bridge and again, on Snake Hill road about 1 mile further west. The trail is about 3 miles long, but may require brook crossings that might be difficult in high water. If you don't like to cross streams, just bushwack out until the trail returns. You will pass the Denmark Mine. Be sure not to trespass on private property.

Directions:

West on I-80 to exit 37 townard NJ=513/Hibernia/Rockaway. Keep left at the fork, following signs for Green Pond Road. Turn left at Green Pont Road and follow it for 3.2 miles. Turn left at Snake Hill Road. The park will be on the right in .3 miles.

Contact Information:
973-983-2841
Region:Morris County
Fees:
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Iron Mines Short Loop

Overview

This hike in Harriman State Park leads to interesting remnants of old iron mines and climbs to a viewpoint from open rocks.

Details
Time:
2.5 hours
Difficulty:
Easy to Moderate
Length:
3.8 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Historic feature
Publication
First Published:
05/07/2009

Updated/Verified:
04/04/2013
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

Parking


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See also
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.241997, -74.102354
Driving Directions

Take N.J. Route 17 north to the New York State Thruway and take the first exit, Exit 15A (Sloatsburg). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto N.Y. Route 17 north, and continue through the Village of Sloatsburg. Just past the village, turn right at the traffic light, following the sign for Seven Lakes Drive/Harriman State Park. Follow Seven Lakes Drive for about 8 miles to the parking area for Lake Skannatati, on the left side of the road. The turnoff to the parking area is 0.7 mile beyond the Kanawauke Circle.

Description

At the northwest corner of the parking area, find the aqua-blazed Long Path, marked at the trailhead with a distinctive circular disk featuring the Long Path logo.

Fahnestock State Park [Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park]

Park Overview:

Largest park in the area with diverse recreational opportunities on 50 miles of marked trails [including the Appalachian Trail], a variety of terrain, and numerous lakes, ponds and streams.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:50 miles
Park Acreage:14000 acres
City/County/
State:
Philipstown, Putnam
Valley/Putnam/NY
Buy Trail Map:NEW!! East Hudson Trails Map
Buy Book:New York Walk Book

Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

The 14,000-acre Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is in an historic iron-mining region, and several remnants of that industry remain in mine excavations, stone foundations and the old railbed

Trails Overview:


Many trails listed can be combined to create circuit hikes. Most trails have rocky sections and are moderately strenuous, with especially difficult and easy exceptions noted below.

  • The Appalachian Trail [blazed white] runs through the park. It is usually accessed from NY 301. North of NY 301 the trail roughly parallels the shore of Canopus Lake, with a beautiful view of the lake at 2.3 miles. South of NY 301 the trail follows an old mine railbed.
  • The Cabot Trail [white blaze; 1 mile] has gentle terrain and a short unmarked side trail to a pleasant viewpoint over Jordan Pond. It connects with the Charcoal Burners Trail and the Perkins Trail to make a 1.9-mile loop.
  • The Candlewood Hill Trail [red blaze; 2.1 miles one way or 3.5-mile loop] ascends Candlewood Hill, sometimes steeply, to long views in all directions.
  • The Catfish Loop [red blaze; 3.6 miles or 4.7 mile loop] passes through a wide variety of terrain typical of the area.
  • The Cedar Ridge Trail [yellow; 0.8 mile] follows an easement on a private farm through meadows to a view of the Hudson River.  Please leave all farm gates through the fields as you find them (open or closed)
  • The Charcoal Burners Trail [red; 3.3 miles], along with the Appalachian Trail, connects the north and south sections of the park. It follows a gently rolling ridge and provides access to the Perkins Trail and the Cabot Trail, also connecting with the Fahnestock Trail and the Wiccopee Trail.
  • The East Mountain Loop [red; 1.5 miles] crosses over the top of East Mountain.
  • The Fahnestock Trail [blue blazes; 7.3 miles] is the main east-west trail north of NY 301. This trail covers a wide variety of terrain, including a very steep climb to the top of Round Hill providing long views of the Hudson.
  • The Old Mine Railroad Trail [yellow; 1.6 miles], true to its name, in part follows the railbed of a Civil War era mule-drawn railroad used to haul iron ore. Consequently, it is quite level, with only one short rocky hill after it leaves the railbed.
  • The Pelton Pond Nature Trail [yellow; 1.5 miles] is the most-used trail in the park. Located across NY 301 from the park office, it is a level and scenic stroll circling the pond. There is a pavilion built by the CCC, a restroom, and a picnic area. A side trail leads to the Nature Center, which is open in summer. No dogs are allowed on this trail.
  • The Perkins Trail [yellow; 4.0 miles] encompasses rolling ridges, hilltop farm fields, views, and a long descent to a scenic stream. Please leave all farm gates through the fields as you find them (open or closed).
  • School Mountain Road [white; 4.1 miles] is a multi-use woods road that connects with several other trails. These side trails are foot traffic only.
  • The Three Lakes Trail [blue; 4.8 miles] is named for the three lakes it encounters on its meandering path. It begins at NY 301 and crosses Sunk Mine and Dennytown Roads.
  • The Wiccopee Trail [blue; 1.9 miles] is a scenic and lightly used connector between the Charcoal Burners Trail and School Mountain Road in the northernmost section of the park.
  • There are two multi-use trails that are open to horses and mountain bikes. One is blazed yellow and starts at Indian Brook Road, and the other is unblazed but starts at the Pelton Pond parking area. See also the trails in Clear Lake Scout Reservation, which connect with Fahnestock trails.

To find detailed descriptions of specific hikes, click here and scroll down the "Parks" column to the name of this park. 

Maps: A detailed trail map can be purchased from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (click on East Hudson Trails Map at top). A simplified map can be downloaded by clicking here.

Directions:

Fahnestock State Park is located along NY 301 between US 9 and the Taconic State Parkway. The park office is on NY 301 less than a mile west of the Taconic State Parkway. Parking for many trails is available in several locations along NY 301. See trail overviews for other trailhead parking. The park is not easily accessible by public transportation; the nearest Metro North station is 8 miles away in Cold Spring.

Contact Information:New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation
845-225-7207
Region:Fahnestock State Park
Fees:Some times and places; check with park
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Monks Trail Circular

Overview

This loop hike passes by remnants of the abandoned Winston Iron Mine and climbs to a viewpoint over the Monksville Reservoir.

Details
Time:
2 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate
Length:
2.5 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Historic feature
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Passaic
State:
NJ
Publication
First Published:
02/11/2010
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin
See also
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.136827,-74.30618
Driving Directions

Take Interstate Route 287 to Exit 57 and continue on Skyline Drive to its western end at Greenwood Lake Turnpike in Ringwood. Turn right and proceed for about four miles to Margaret King Avenue. Continue ahead along Greenwood Lake Turnpike for another 0.3 mile and turn left into the access road leading to the northern boat launch area for the Monksville Reservoir. The access road is just east of the Monksville Reservoir and directly opposite Beech Road. Continue along the access road for about 0.2 mile to the parking area.

Description

At the south end of the parking area, you will notice a yellow gate with a triple white blaze, which marks the start of the Monks Trail. You will be following this trail for the entire hike.

Black River/Bamboo Brook Trail Loop

Overview

For much of the route, this lollipop-loop hike runs along the scenic Black River, following an abandoned railroad grade for part of the way and passing through a spectacular rocky gorge.

Details
Time:
4 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate
Length:
6.4 miles
Route Type:
Lollipop
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Waterfall, Historic feature
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Morris
State:
NJ
Publication
First Published:
05/08/2003

Updated/Verified:
11/08/2011
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

Parking


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Trailhead GPS Coordinates
40.769102,-74.723339
Driving Directions

Take I-80 West to Exit 27A and continue south on U.S. Route 206 for 8.0 miles. Turn right onto County Route 513 and follow it for 1.2 miles to the entrance to Cooper Mill Park, on the left side of the road.

Description

Cooper Mill. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

Iron Mines Loop #2 (Southwest) in Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Overview

This loop hike climbs to viewpoints from the summit of Black Rock Mountain and passes the historic Hogencamp, Pine Swamp, Surebridge and Boston Mines.

Details
Time:
5.5 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate
Length:
8.5 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Historic feature
Publication
First Published:
06/19/2003
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

Parking


View Hikers Parking Rt. 106 in a larger map

See also
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.234516,-74.148972
Driving Directions

Take N.Y. Route 17 north through Sloatsburg and Tuxedo. About 2.4 miles north of Tuxedo, take the exit leading to N.Y. Route 17A. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto County Route 106 and continue for 2.2 miles to a Hikers' Trailhead Parking Area on the right side of the road, just beyond a sharp curve.

Description

From the parking area, cross the road and turn left on the White Bar Trail, blazed with white horizontal rectangles.

Three Lakes Trail/Appalachian Trail Loop from Dennytown Road

Overview

This loop hike leads to the remains of an old iron mine, passes an attractive lake, and follows the scenic Appalachian Trail along a forested ridge.

Details
Time:
4 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate to Strenuous
Length:
5 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Waterfall, Historic feature
Maps/Books
Publication
First Published:
06/26/2003

Updated/Verified:
07/25/2012
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin
See also
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.420722,-73.868799
Driving Directions

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to its northern terminus at the Bear Mountain Bridge. Cross the bridge and proceed north on N.Y. Route 9D for about 8.5 miles to a junction with N.Y. Route 301 in Cold Spring. Turn right and follow Route 301 for about five miles to Dennytown Road, then turn right and follow Dennytown Road south for 1.1 miles to a dirt parking area on the left side of the road.

Description

Proceed to the northeast corner of the parking area (to the right of an old stone building) and follow the blue-blazed Three Lakes Trail, which enters the woods, crosses a stream and bears right to

Iron Mines at Mount Hope

Overview

This loop hike, through pleasant second-growth woods, follows old woods roads past numerous mine openings of the abandoned Mount Hope Mines.

Details
Time:
2 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Length:
2.7 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Historic feature
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Morris
State:
NJ
Publication
First Published:
07/17/2003

Updated/Verified:
04/24/2011
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

Stone foundations at the Allen Mine -- Photo by Daniel Chazin

Parking


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Trailhead GPS Coordinates
40.921393,-74.553351
Driving Directions

Take Interstate Route 80 to Exit 35 (eastbound) or Exit 35B (westbound) and proceed north on Mount Hope Avenue. In 0.5 mile, turn left onto Richard Mine Road. Continue for 0.7 mile and turn right onto Coburn Road (which becomes Teabo Road). The park entrance is 0.7 mile ahead on the left.

Description

Known locally as the Richard Mine, Mount Hope Historical Park was once a booming iron mining and processing site.

Coppermines Trail to Kittatinny Ridge

Overview

This loop hike passes an old copper mine, goes through a magnificent gorge, and climbs to the ridge of the Kittatinny Mountains, with several panoramic viewpoints.

Details
Time:
5 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate to Strenuous
Length:
7.8 miles
Route Type:
Lollipop
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Warren
State:
NJ
Publication
First Published:
07/31/2003

Updated/Verified:
06/30/2011
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

Lower Mine. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

Parking


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See also
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.03246,-75.036535
Driving Directions

Proceed west on I-80 to the Delaware Water Gap and take Exit 1 (Millbrook/Flatbrookville), the last exit in New Jersey. Bear right at the bottom of the ramp and head north along the Delaware River on Old Mine Road. The road is only one lane wide for about half a mile, and a traffic light has been installed to regulate the two-way traffic. Continue for 7.5 miles to the Copper Mine Parking Area, on the left side of the road (the parking area is 0.5 mile beyond milepost 7 on Old Mine Road). Park here and walk across the road to the trailhead.

Description

From the trailhead, head into the woods on the red-blazed Coppermines Trail. Just past the trailhead, you’ll come to a fork.


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