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Searching for the best hiking trails in Woodstock, New York?
Here are the easiest hikes and most scenic trails in the Woodstock area. These trail are all kid-friendly so the whole family can enjoy a nature excursion with easy walking, amazing views and even some of The Catskills most impressive historic ruins. Enjoy these hiking trails near Woodstock.
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1. Sloan Gorge Preserve
One of my favorite short hikes is Sloan Gorge Preserve, which is lovely at any time of year. It’s a super-short but super-fun hike through an impressive bluestone quarry that descends into a dramatic rocky gorge with imposing cliffs and a wonderful rock-passage to climb through called The Chimney.
I did it counterclockwise for this trail guide, but it’s best to do it clockwise. That is, turn left at the first junction and do the short quarry loop first. Then head down into the gorge itself.
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2. Israel Wittman Sanctuary
Israel Wittman Sanctuary is a lovely woodsy nature walk that not many people know about. Beautiful, contemplative mixed forest, easy stream crossings, delightful footbridges, quiet ponds and pools, and small field of glacial boulders.
There are two loops, A and B. Both are easy to do and both pass along either side of a stream with some nice rock drama on both banks.
3. Ashokan Rail Trail
While not technically a hike, the Ashokan Rail Trail is one of the premier destinations in The Catskills. Built with accessibility in mind, this wide, straight and almost perfectly flat walking trail is 11.5 miles long, with multiple parking lots along its length. Perfect for a short stroll or a long bike ride. This is one of the most beloved hiking trails near Woodstock.
4. The Comeau Property
Consider also the Comeau Property right in Woodstock itself. I haven’t been there recently but, from memory, it’s an easy, short loop walk that passes by a stream.
5. Overlook Mountain Ruins & Fire Tower
If you want something a little more strenuous (but not killer hard) there’s always the classic hike to Overlook Mountain Fire Tower. It’s a very straightforward uphill walk that packs a punch at the top with massive hotel ruins and one of the best views in the Catskills Park.
These are the five best hiking trails near Woodstock, New York.
These trails are all kid-friendly.
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