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Our Trails

Take a hike — ride a horse — ski or snowshoe — in the diverse landscapes and breathtaking views of the Taconic Mountains: there are over thirty miles of trails!
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Easy/Mild Trails

Level: Easy hike/walk
Length: 5 minutes

Nice for families with small children. At the farm you can visit the animals and see the sap house, have a picnic (picnic tables located across from the sap house), and take in great views. You can always continue along Old Town Road or Stone Lot Road if you decide you want a longer hike.

Level: Mild hike
Length: 2 miles

It is a good hike for families. This is a moderate hike with great view of Dorset Peak just beyond the farm. Take Old Town Road to Stone Lot Road near the farm buildings. Follow Stone Lot Road. around to Marquand Road to loop back to the farm.

Level: Mild-to-moderate Hike
Length: 3 miles (2 hrs)

It is a nice place to picnic or fish. This is a mild-to-moderate hike with the toughest section being the up-hill on Old Town Road.

Moderate Trails

Level: Moderate hike
Length: 4 miles

The Silviculture Trail is a 2.3 mile self-guided educational trail. It provides a look at forest management, and deer and other wild species are often spotted here. Take Old Town Road to Silviculture Trail back to Old Town Road.

Level: Moderate-to-difficult hike
Length: 3 mile loop

Take Old Town Road and make a left onto Gallop Road to Hammond Road, take a right on Lodge Road back to Gallop Road and Old Town Road. Enjoy a steady incline to a wonderful view of the Hudson Valley and distant Adirondack Mountains in New York.

Level: Moderate-to-difficult hike
Length: 3 mile loop (1.5 hrs)

Take Old Town Road to McCormick Trail to Antone Road back to Old Town Road.

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Difficult Trails

Level: Moderate-to-difficult hike
Length: 5 miles (4 hrs)

Take Old Town Road to Antone Road (you can take the “Ski trail” or stay on Antone Road) and enjoy spectacular views from the top looking back at our farm.

Level: Difficult hike (due to length)
Length: 6 miles (4+ hrs)

A work out! You will travel through a beautiful secluded section of the forest. Take Old Town Road to Antone Road to Lookout Road.