Hiking the Taconic Range

Black Rock State Forest lies next to Storm King State Park along the Hudson River.  The two parks share a trail and a parking area near Route 9W.  Black Rock State Forest is much larger though and has a more varied hiking environment with several small rocky peaks and many lower wooded old roads and trails.  Black Rock is accessible in a few locations, but the trailhead on Mine Hill Road is at a relatively high elevation and brings you to viewing spots more quickly.  The hills here peak at a relatively low elevation, and it is possible to hike several of them in one day. An excellent map is available from the NY-NJ Trail Conference.  

OpenTopoMap of Black Rock State Forest

 A view toward Schunemunk Mountain from Sackett Trail near Mine Hill Road.

This is Sutherland Pond from Split Rock.  

A view toward West Point from Eagle Cliff. 

A view toward Mt. Rascal from Eagle Cliff. 

The dam at Aleck Meadow Reservoir. 

The Hudson River Valley from Black Rock. 

A snake hiding in the leaves. 

The Continental Road in the central part of the park. 

Ascending one of the peaks of Rattlesnake Hill. 

A view of the Hill of Pines from Rattlesnake Hill. 

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