Grafton Lakes State Park - Trail, Grafton, York

Grafton Lakes State Park - Trail, Grafton, York

DESCRIPTION

A wide avarity of trails available: from singletrack to rolling double track to turn of the century town roads. Some good downhills that laed to the adjoining Pittstown State Forest. Lots of rocks and roots!

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 01, 2012]
TrailRat
Cross Country Rider

To counter the "1 out 5" rating posted by "Don't beleve the hype" guy. . .
this guy quite obviously had a personal problem with the riders (98%roadies) of MHCC. Very UNcool to disrespect an entire trail network based on that chip on your shoulder that equals the size of your own inflated Ego. nice work.
As the trail steward for Grafton, i want to set the record straight. MHCC has not had any involvement with Grafton for a decade now. the Friends of Grafton & the folks from CapitalMTB are resonsible for the trails here. the only rutted out Fire Roads in the whole park are Long Pond Rd & the far north 1 mile of the RPI fire road/Little Johnnies. the rest of the nearly 25 (yes i said 25) miles of trails here are a blend of technically challenging rocky singletrack and wider smoother multi use trails which are better suited to an intermediate level rider. aside from the dirt roads here, i would not bring a beginner rider here. We have collectively been adding 1 new segment of approved trail here per year for the past 5 years, thru partnering efforts with NYSOPR&HP & the other user groups. buy a map for $2 (not $3)and ask the park staff to recommend a route or ask for a copy of the cue sheets i printed up for them last year.

Customer Service

from Mill Pond;
Intermediate Classic; Mill Pond Trail to Long Pond Rd, left on Long Pond Rd, right on connector trail just past Second Pond, cross paved Main Beach Rd, go thtu parking lot at Deerfield Pavilion to trailhead for Shaver Pond Trail. Go left at Tee intersection onto Shaver pond loop trail. stay on this all the way around the pond, make a right on gravel road, then left onto Little Johnnies, go past water crosding and go right at next trail onto CrissCross, go up C-C to Water Tower trail at top. . . gp left onto Water Tower trail, follow this to the end @ Long Pond Trail (West). , go righr on Long Pond trail & follow towards the Beach, go right on the double track up thru the picnic area, follow gravel road to the right, then look for a ST trail on the right (Lollipop Loop) and take this up to the top of the hill, follow around to the right and out to the end at the gravel road. take this downhill to the trailhead for Water Tower/CrissCross, go left on C-C trail downhill, at Tee with Little Johnnies, go right and climb to the top. there other options here at the yellow gate. wink-nudge. OR continue on LJ's/RPI fire road on a screamin downhill to Long Pond Rd.

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Continue. . . go right, then left onto Chet Bell and climb to the top. go left onto Fire Tower gravel road multi use trail, go right onto Spruce Bog trail. At 1/4 mile in there is a new trail just built this year on your left. . . BeechNut trail (1.5 miles out, then back to Spruce Bog) next year it will be a full 3 mile loop of Singletrack to White Lily Pond & back. . . take the Bog thru until you see another right hand tril off the main trail. . . take this to go on the Spruce Ridge Trail (singletrack), @ the end of this one go left to stay on the Bog back to your car go right and then left onto CrossOver trail and out to Long Pond Rd. Go left on Long Pond Rd & follow back to your car at mill pond. At an intermediate pace, this is about 12 miles worth ofriding and several hours with water breaks. just a smattering of what is here to ride.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 20, 2008]
Pricey184
Weekend Warrior

Good place to visit if your in town on business. This is a XC trail system, easy enough to take newbies for a ride in the woods, or if you hammer it, a great aerobic spin. All in all, I wouldnt travel too far, but its a nice riding area.

Customer Service

Its worth it to buy a map for 3 bucks

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If your in Troy, then this a easy place to go run out of the city and ride. If you have time, head up to SMBA in Saratoga.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 20, 2008]
Joe rider
Cross Country Rider

Spruce Bog, Chet Bell, Little Johnny, Lake loop - they're all good stuff. There is a little bit of everything in Grafton and I'm still finding more stuff when I explore. In the state park I haven't found any long technical climbs or descents - mostly rolling technical stuff, but Pittstown is a different story. I've ridden extensively in New York and New Hampshire, and on occassion in Mass and VT - believe me when I tell you Grafton has some good stuff.

Customer Service

Little Johnny to Chet Bell to Spruce Bog. Just keep exploring, this place has something for everyone.

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Cherry Plain, Skidmore

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 25, 2008]
nofearatb
Cross Country Rider

Obviously the guy from Albany has some unresolved anger issues especially against the Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club. If MTBR could be convinced to remove this smack-talking jerk's "review" I would have them do it. Now, on to my own review. I live here in Grafton, and I am one of the trail stewards here, as well as one of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Grafton Lakes. True, there are now 25 miles of legal multi-use and singletrack trails in the Park proper. There are also many local trails outside the park boundaries which are great to ride and the adjacent property owners are OK with us and other users using them. There are now also several other trails that are in development and have received the green light to be marked out for construction. These trails are to be hike/MTB/equine friendly. This NYS Park is one of the few places in the Capital Region where the Land Manager and his staff are open-minded enough to support the construction of singletrack. This is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg here. Go to www.capitalmtb.org to check out more info.

Customer Service

The best pieces of Singletrack Trail in the Park proper are as follows; (1) Dunham Reservoir's Double-Bit trail, south of Route 2.
(2) Water Tower Trail; this is Grafton's flagship MTB trail, built by MTBR's legally, for MTBR's. (3) Long Pond Trail; this loop trail around the largest lake, adjacent to the beach. Honestly this is a hiking trail which is open to bikes, and one of the gnarliest around. Yes, it's a goat-path, with rocks and roots and logs galore, with only a few ups and downs, but OHHHH BABY! (4) Spruce Bog Trail; this trail is more climbing than Long Pond Trail, and more like your classic New England singletrack. Some wet areas here and there. This one has a new piece of Singletrack proposed for 2008, as a re-route around the wettest most eroded area. This section may not get built right away, but it's on the books. The rest of the 25 miles of "trails" are doubletrack and fire roads. We are working with the Park to try to get more connector singletrack approved, to bypass the fire roads, but that may take some time. The environment is very pro-MTB, so things look good.

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Dyken Pond Center (you can road ride the back roads from Grafton State Park to get there). 8 miles of ALL singletrack. About 2 miles of it is gnarly and rocky goat-path. The rest is really cool twisty-turny stuff, with cool boardwalks, bridges and walkways that are all rideable. Cherry Plain State Park and Wildlife Management Area, which is about 12 miles south of Grafton as the crow flies. For a great new place to go, look up Camp Rotary Scout Reservation, also in Grafton/Poestenkill area. This area is owned/operated by Twin Rivers BSA Council, but they are very pro-MTB and allow people to ride with prior permission (call ahead).

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 06, 2007]
Juice
Cross Country Rider

THese trails are fun. One thing to note. I keep seeing begginer stuff listed. I have to say, some of us enjoy not loosing our fillings riding. Sure, I like to be challenged but I also like to to pedal. I guess I'm more of a spinning roadie (really a sprinter) by nature but because I like to get my dog out I mountain bike much more then I road ride.

Anyway, please don't criticize an area because it is not hardcore DH or abusive single track.

In terms of Grafton, it's fun riding. I like fast, moderately technical single track and double track. Stuff where I can get some speed and keep moving for a while, and get into a rythm and Grafton is tons of fun.

Now, at times it's muddy as hell, and while I used to love the mud, I've grown tired of cleaning my bike and dog.

Enjoy.

Customer Service

Anything out of the mud

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Pittstown SF

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 14, 2004]
jim flood
Racer

I don't get it? I have raced CC all throughout New England & NYS, This is a great place to ride! I think there may be some confusion on these tails and how to get around. To me Grafton SP & the Pittstown SF are, for practical purposes, the same place. When you go here you ride both trail systems. HUGE thanks to the MHCC for there trail building efforts. I cant understand why anyone would have an unkind word about this group. These trails and many more exist because of them. There are literally miles of new singletrack in the Pittstown SF because of the MHCC. Try these trails out, they wont disappoint. If they do, dont come back.

Customer Service

Spruce Bog-Chet Bell-Ward Hollow-RPI-Bonnie & Clyde-Zig zag.......... P.S. there are a few ways to get down to Pittstown SF. Get a map from park ranger. Have fun!

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Taconic Crest/Ridge, Spier Falls(aka Moroe State Park..another MHCC creation/enhancement), Skidmore(aka the Stables)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 18, 2000]
NOT WORTH YOUR TIME

Most all this area is fire roads. There's nothing "tecnical" about this place. Go to SKIDMORE or WESTERN MASS. if you want sweet singletrack and challenging trails. What little singletrack there was has been ripped up by ATV'ers so now its crap. They've left gulleys and trenches that with all this rain fill w/ water, don't drain and the trails have become very wide/boring from people riding around all the mud. Such as "SPUCE BOG". This wasn't a bad trail although short(2.5m), as are all the trails here. Like the H2O TOWER(0.9m), FIRETOWER(0.7m), MILL POND(0.9m) trails .... way too short. In addition, the trails don't interconnect (unless you take the fire roads) which sucks too. Basically this place is a mess.
If you have your lunch hour to kill, love fire roads and are NOT a technical rider you'll like it here. If your looking for any other type of riding with what little time you have to ride in the first place drive the extra mileage and go someplace else. It's not worth your precious time here.

Customer Service

NONE UNLESS YOU LIKE FIRE ROAD RIDING. I ride here when I absolutely can't get away to ride somewhere else because I live so close.

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PITTSFIELD S.F. Mass.(not NY),SKIDMORE, PETERSBURG PASS,BALANCED ROCK,BEARTOWN S.F.,CRACK ALLEY, KENNEDY PARK,etc.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 18, 2000]
Jim MacNaughton

The person that just reviewed Grafton Lakes State Park has obviously not ridden any of the singletrack (a little in the park, a little outside the park, a lot in the adjoining Pittstown State Forest). As I said in the description, there is something for everyone, and this person seems to have not ridden the more "harder" trails such as the new Water Tower loop (built by MHCC riders this past Trails Day), Spruce Bog Trail, The White Trail (singletrack trail built by a local motorcycle trials group) that goes out of the park down the mountain, Stagecoach Road (which leads out of the park to the Pittstown State Forest) and Long Pond Trail around the Lake (see if you can ride this one without putting your foot down!). Sure, there's lots of fire roads inbetween (and no duh, Skidmore is more technical, Petersburgh Pass has more climbing, et al). If you haven't known about these trails, come see for yourself at the Grafton Lakes MTB Festival on 9/16/00. MHCC club riders will give you a guided tour of the hidden good trails!

An another important factor in riding at Grafton is that the ranger, Tom Conklin, is VERY supportive of mountain biking in the park. Land Managers like this are seemingly few and far betwen these days. It might not be super "technical" in every and all spots, but it seems good enough for a few local pros to put in many rides there as well as for families to get out to ride together!

Customer Service

from beach parking lot, take Water Tower loop to Long Pond and take a left, take a left onto Stagecoach Road(otherwise known as KautzHollow extension), left onto State Fire Lane (now outside of park), left onto Pittstown Singletrack, left back onto onto Fire Lane, right onto Loney Hollow, left onto RPI Trail, right onto Long Pond, right back onto Water Tower Loop.

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Pittstown Singletrack, Skidmore, Spier Falls, Misery/Berlin mountains (part of Petersburgh Pass).

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 20, 2000]
J.

I have to agree with the guy calling himself "DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME" at the bottom. In my opinion, it's mostly fire roads here.

The gentleman below me has a suggested route and I've ridden all the trails mentioned but again it involves mostly fire roads. The WATER TOWER TRAIL is excellent but is so short and is the only singletrack besides the PITTSTOWN TRAIL which is also excellent. All the rest STAGECOACH,STATE FIRE LANE,LONEY HOLLOW,WARD HOLLOW, FIRETOWER,HICK'S,CHET BELL and RPI trails are fire roads. LONG POND TRAIL is rooty/rocky but thats about it.
I was not aware of the WHITE TRAIL and would like to ride it if I knew where.

With the adjoining Pittstown State Forest, this area has AWESOME potential for excellent trails. They just need to be built and interconnected. It seems like the MHCC is heading in the right direction starting off with the PITTSTOWN TRAIL. But to me, this is honestly the only trail in this area worth riding. (that I currently know of)

As suggested in the description, there are varied trails here but mostly carriage paths.

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Western Massachusetts, Skidmore, Pittstown

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 27, 2000]
Chris George

Overall Good Riding. One of the better areas in the Capital District. Good for conditioning. Limited Wheelie drops, and other technical stuff.

Customer Service

For technical riding exit the park and cross the road. It is always wet but is usually challenging. Take the trail until you get to the reservoir. Ride around the reservoir counterclockwise and climb the road by the dam. Near the top of the road reenter the woods. Follow trail to killer downhill to the reservoir.

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Thatcher State Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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