The Poet's Ledge Trail is a scenic, 6.4 mile hike in Kaaterskill Wild Forest.

The Poet's Ledge Trail begins just outside Palenville, New York. The trail climbs 2200 feet of elevation to reward hikers with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash.

The trail is open for use year round, but is best travelled from April through October. In the spring, the wildflowers are epic. In the fall, the colors are breath taking. 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking boots
  • Snack
  • Warm layers for cool days
  • Sun protection 
  • Trail map
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RT Distance 6.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 2201 Feet
Activities Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Advanced
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking


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