Onteora Lake / Bluestone Wild Forest

Albany, New York

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A small mountain lake serves as the centerpiece for this Catskills highlight, a former mining area now blanketed by fragrant forest. This fairly challenging hike looks deceptively simple at the outset. A well- maintained path leads to a satisfying view of Onteora Lake, with picnic tables and benches for your viewing and noshing enjoyment. Follow the trail into the woods, however, and you’ll find plenty of ups and downs through the hills, peppered with dark rock faces that jut from the hillsides. You’ll have ample opportunity to examine the bluestone for which this area is famous, as well as an impressive variety of fungi nestled between tree roots along the edges of the trail. Wildlife abounds in this forest, so keep an eye open for eastern cottontails, gray and red squirrels, eastern chipmunks, white-tailed deer, and even a glimpse of a beaver.
Hiking through History New York

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Hiking through History New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

A small mountain lake serves as the centerpiece for this Catskills highlight, a former mining area now blanketed by fragrant forest.

This fairly challenging hike looks deceptively simple at the outset. A well- maintained path leads to a satisfying view of Onteora Lake, with picnic tables and benches for your viewing and noshing enjoyment. Follow the trail into the woods, however, and you’ll find plenty of ups and downs through the hills, peppered with dark rock faces that jut from the hillsides. You’ll have ample opportunity to examine the bluestone for which this area is famous, as well as an impressive variety of fungi nestled between tree roots along the edges of the trail.

Wildlife abounds in this forest, so keep an eye open for eastern cottontails, gray and red squirrels, eastern chipmunks, white-tailed deer, and even a glimpse of a beaver.

© 2016 Randi Minetor /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Albany
Distance: 3.3
Elevation Gain: 145 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.75 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: New York Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany 12223; (516) 402-9405; e-mail: LF.Lands@dec.ny.gov
Local Maps: Available online at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/76293.html
Driving Directions: Directions to Onteora Lake / Bluestone Wild Forest

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