Shavertown Trail

The Shavertown trail offers families and novice hikers a unique opportunity in the Catskills – a spectacular view after only one moderately strenuous mile, followed by a fairly level mile and a half through beautiful rock ledges and wonderful forest to explore.

You’ll  break a sweat as you climb 520 feet in that first mile, but it is so worth it. Wander past a lovely pond, complete with pink and white water lilies in season, and enjoy the spectacular view of the Pepacton Reservoir.  Visitors can walk around the pond and head back or continue on.  The next mile and a half of trail winds around craggy boulders adorned with a variety of lichens. Much of the trail before and after the pond is on an old access road which passes through some overgrown pastures filled with wildflowers.   Parts of the steeper first section have stone steps to ease the climb.   The second mile and a half of trail only gains 240 feet of elevation over that distance, making it a pleasant stroll for most hikers, young and old.   The trail is 5.3 miles round trip.

This August 30th,  2013 marked the official opening of another beautiful trail in the town of Andes.  The Shavertown Trail was created by the Catskill Mountain Club on land owned by the NYC DEP, with the assistance of the Town of Andes and support from the NYC DEP and the NY-NJ Trail Conference.

The trailhead is on County Rt 1, about a tenth of a mile north of the intersection of Route 30 and County Rt 1 in Andes.  Park at the parking lot by the bridge.

Driving directions to the Shavertown Trail as well as the Rail Trail and Palmer Hill can be found here.

Click the map below for a larger, printable version of the map, or get the free GPS Enabled map available for your iPhone or Android devices click here to learn more





    Bovina, NY - ESCAPE BROOKLYN January 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm .

    […] do: Since you’re in the mountains, exploring the Catskills is a must. Check out the nearby Shavertown Trail which overlooks Pepacton Reservoir; or opt for taking in scenery the easy way by hopping on […]

  2. Mike
    Mike November 15, 2015 at 10:33 pm . Reply

    Is camping permitted along the Shavertown Trail with overnight parking at the boat launch parking area…? Sounds like it might make for a cool overnight backpacking trip :-)

    1. wgcmc
      wgcmc December 3, 2015 at 10:12 am . Reply

      Sorry, but camping is not permitted on DEP property.

  3. Robert Pfeister
    Robert Pfeister January 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm . Reply

    Ares dogs allowed on the trail?

    1. Ann Roberti
      Ann Roberti January 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm . Reply

      Yes, dogs are allowed. They must be “under your control” but do not need to be leashed.

  4. Jake
    Jake October 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm . Reply

    Nice hike- good workout. Near the very top we came across a otherworldly spot of mossy rocks covered with clumps of deep orange mushrooms- with the magical Red Efts crawling nearby. Truly a special experience.

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