Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Oakdale New York Hikes

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4 out of 5
A long, lazy loop travels former carriage roads and trails through this unique natural area. Special Attractions: trout fishing, fish hatchery, ponds, and river; historic lodge and restored grist mill; pine barrens; deer, swan, fox, osprey, heron, hawk, and box turtle. Access permits required, request in writing 2 weeks in advance. Indicate name and address, intended activity (hike, fish, horseback ride), number in the party, and intended date of visit, and include a legal-sized self-addressed envelope. Permit and identification must be in possession while touring the preserve. No smoking, no pets.
Hiking New York

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Hiking New York

by Rhonda & George Osterag (Falcon Publishing)

A long, lazy loop travels former carriage roads and trails through this unique natural area. Special Attractions: trout fishing, fish hatchery, ponds, and river; historic lodge and restored grist mill; pine barrens; deer, swan, fox, osprey, heron, hawk, and box turtle. Access permits required, request in writing 2 weeks in advance. Indicate name and address, intended activity (hike, fish, horseback ride), number in the party, and intended date of visit, and include a legal-sized self-addressed envelope. Permit and identification must be in possession while touring the preserve. No smoking, no pets.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oakdale
Length: 9.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Closed Mondays, Year-round; Mondays and Tuesdays, October through March. Hours: 6am to sunset.
Local Contacts: Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Local Maps: State Park preserve flier
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Recent Trail Reviews

1/24/2011

I hiked the main trail that loops around the entire park several days after our 3rd major snow storm of the season. In most places the snow was at least mid calf deep. The scenery was beautiful and I saw no one the entire time with the exception of a Ranger on my way out of the parking lot. I did spot multiple deer, rabbit, and a fox. There were tons of tracks everywhere in the snow. Planning to go back in the spring.

10/10/2008

Trails vary considerably from narrow hiking trails to very wide multi-use trails used by horses and vehicles. Can be difficult to locate trail heads if not familiar with the park. Overall a generally flat terrain hike through woodland with some nice views of the lake. Yellow trail is a wide footpath, running parallel to the access road for the hatchery through woodland. Covered with soft wood chip mulch, with occasional benches. The map lists the yellow trail as one mile, be aware that this is each way not round trip. Red trail is much narrower and less developed, but still clear and easy to follow for most of its length. Runs along the east side of the lake, with occassional good views of the lake. For a lenght, it also merges with the blue trail, which is part of a series of road-width horse and vehicle trails of soft sand. Fish hatchery at the north end of the yellow trail, also at the mid-way point of the red loop, is an interesting stopover. Restrooms and fresh water available in this area.

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