Black Rock Forest
Cornwall (Orange County)
Why we love it
With several overlooks, reservoirs, cascades and other points of interest connected by a robust trail system, Black Rock Forest deserves a top spot in every local hiker’s regular rotation, both for its beauty and because it’s rarely crowded. Best bet: a 5.4-mile loop to visit two reservoirs (one with an impressive spillway) and climb to an expansive overlook of the Hudson River and Catskills. A recently constructed pathway offers a universally-accessible trail to an overlook, ensuring that all who visit will enjoy a stunning Hudson Valley view.
More to explore
Almost directly across the road from Black Rock Forest sits a trailhead for Storm King Mountain, another excellent hike that offers killer views.
- Rugged hike with relatively gentle ascents
- Awesome Hudson River overlook from Black Rock
- Beautiful reservoirs
Directions, hours, etc.: https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hikes/black-rock-forest/