A Walk on the Charcoal Burners Trail Fahnestock State Park

Jordan Pond overlooking Glynwood Farms on the Cabot Trail off the Charcoal BurnersNamed for the men who labored here in nineteenth century downing trees and making charcoal this trail is a magical place that lives up to it’s “easy” designation.

On Route 301, the Cold Spring Turnpike, 3.4 miles east of Route 9 you will see this sign that marks one entry point of the trail.

Charcoal Burners Trail Sign

It loops around through the woods to the north then back across the turnpike returning on the south side of the road back to your starting point.

Charcoal snowey path

Even in winter the trail is green, rich with mountain laurel and moss. The laurel bushes bloom in June with gentle white and pink flowers. Looking forward to that come the Spring.

Charcoal Burner Woods with Laurel and Snow

The path is narrow in many places and often you are walking on ancient boulders strewn here by some might glacier.

Rivlets of sparkling water from the melting snow made the rocky trail dangerous and enchanting.

Charcoal Burner boldersAfter about 2/3rds of a mile on this trail marked in red,  you will see the Cabot Trail which is marked in white. Taking that path brings you to a beautiful view of Jordan Pond and Glynwood Farm.

There is a short unmarked path that brings you to the pond’s edge.

Charcoal Burner Path to Pond

Someone left a hefty stump where you can sit for a moment or hours.

Jordan Pond overlooking Glynwood Farms on the Cabot Trail off the Charcoal Burners closeAnd take in the tranquil view.

Jordan Pond overlooking Glynwood Farms on the Cabot Trail off the Charcoal BurnersWalking back we enjoyed the woods.

Charcoal Burner WoodsStreams.

Charcoal Burner Stream

And crisp blue sky.

Charcoal Burner bright sky

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