Shavertown Trail

Note: The Temperskill Overlook Spur was completed just in time for the Labor Day weekend.

The Shavertown Trail offers families and novice hikers a unique opportunity in the Catskills – a spectacular view after less than one moderately strenuous mile.  You’ll break a sweat as you climb 520 feet to Snake Pond, 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.  To the west of the pond you will find the junction with the Tremperskill Overlook Trail, marked in blue. This out and back is 0.7 miles one way.  The overlook is situated on a massive rock formation visible from the trail.

Trailhead

Trailhead

The Shavertown Trail was created by the Catskill Mountain Club on land owned by the NYCDEP, with the assistance of the Town of Andes and support from the NYC DEP and the NY-NJ Trail Conference.

Note: The old trail section above the pond has been abandoned, with all markers down. The area was extensively logged and is not suitable for use at this time.

 

The trailhead is on County Rt 1, about a tenth of a mile north of the intersection of Route 30 and County Rt 1 / BWS 4 in Andes.  Park at the parking lot by the bridge.

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

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

NOTE:  Print the map by clicking on it.

8 Comments

  1. Bovina, NY - ESCAPE BROOKLYN
    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.

  5. james watkins
    james watkins July 8, 2020 at 7:41 am . Reply

    Is fishing allowed

    1. wgcmc
      wgcmc July 8, 2020 at 9:07 am . Reply

      Fishing in Snake Pond is allowed. It is a small pond and is currently turbid due to the recent work on the dam.

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