Taconic Crest Trail

Green Mountain National Forest, New York

Elevation Gain2,811ft
Trailhead Elevation2,080ft
Elevation Min/Max1859/2532ft
Elevation Start/End2080/2080ft

Taconic Crest Trail

Taconic Crest Trail is a hiking trail in Vermont and New York. It is within Taconic Ridge State Forest and Green Mountain National Forest. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 2,080 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,811 feet. The Petersburg Pass Parking Lot parking is near the trailhead. The Snow Hole cave entrance and White Rocks (elevation 2,316 feet), Bald Mountain (elevation 2,484 feet), Smith Hill (elevation 2,306 feet), and White Rock (elevation 2,543 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also viewpoints along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Shepherd's Way Trail and Birch Brook Trail.

Taconic Crest Trail Professional Guides

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"That special kind of trek that satisfies your body, mind, and spirit, the 35-mile Taconic Crest Trail delivers in the way only a long-distance trail can: Challenging uphill slopes end in long, easy downhill lopes, punctuated by soul-soothing views of endless green hills. Best of all, this 3.2-mile (one way) trail segment has a destination—a compelling crevasse that descends well into the mountain itself, with constant, year-round snow covering its floor." Read more
Hiking New York (Falcon Guides)
Rhonda and George Ostertag
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"The nearly 40-mile- long Taconic Crest Trail strings from southwest Vermont through New York to Pittsfield State Forest in Massachusetts. Hiking the New York section of the trail north from Petersburg Pass (on Highway 2) to the Highway 346 trailhead at the Hoosic River showcases the trail’s finest attributes. It travels hardwood forests, serves up multistate views, and visits a geologic oddity—a snow hole. The area south of Petersburg Pass has been troubled by ATV use; the DEC is working to reclaim mudholes and damaged spots." Read more

Taconic Crest Trail Reviews

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We limited our hike to the Snowhole and back from Rte 2. The trails were well worn, wet and loaded with trail markers and signs...everywhere signs. The vistas along the trail are excellent. The Snowhole was a great feature to visit. Explore as you go, as there are lots of spelunking opportunities along the way. If you’re lucky, you can closely observe some hibernating bats during the winter season.
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The previous reviewer is right: it's really steep to start, but it is a great hike and wonderful views once you get there. There's a nice little parking lot and trail head on Route 2, right by the NY-MA border. Also, right by is the Bird Paradise Bird Sanctuary, which has everything from hawks, bald eagles and ostriches to humble mallards.

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Trail Information

Green Mountain National Forest
Nearby City
Taconic Ridge State Forest
Skill Level
Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Additional Use
New York State DEC, Region 4, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady 12306; (518) 357-2159; www.dec.ny.gov
Local Contacts
DEC Taconic Ridge State Forest Map North (available online).
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018