My husband and I are both passionate hikers. He is a former college athlete who works out every other day, but me? I like nature, walking and taking photos but there is always a point in the hike where I think I can’t go on, but he is always there to push me forward. It’s kind of our thing. We love the Adirondacks for this reason because they offer so many wonderful, accessible hikes. Due to the region’s unique geological history there are many treeless peaks that offer breathtaking panoramic views. In our area of the Catskills there aren’t as many hikes that offer beautiful vistas.
This is why the newly opened Shavertown Trail in Andes, New York is so exciting. It offers breathtaking views of the Pepacton reservoir and a captivating walk through deep forest and over grown pastures filled with wildflowers and unique rock formations. It’s also only 7 miles outside of Andes, NY, a lovely place to spend time. The trail is located on Route 1 at the canoe storage area just before the junction with the reservoir bridge. If you are headed there from Andes and pass a bridge on your right you have gone too far. The entrance is marked by the sign below.
You can do half of the hike and still get all the great views. It’s a bit steep at the beginning but becomes easier after mile one. If you aren’t interested in walking in the forest after the outlook at the pond, you really aren’t missing that much in terms of views, but there are fantastic rock formations and gorgeous forest to explore.
We had friends visiting and this was the perfect way to show them the natural beauty of the area while enjoying a lovely day of walking. We finished the day with well-earned drinks at the Andes Hotel.Pin It
Written By Ulla on September 5, 2013