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Grafton Lakes State Park

Average Rating:    (3.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 25

A wide avarity of trails available: from singletrack to rolling double track to turn of the century town roads. Some good downhills that laed to the adjoining Pittstown State Forest. Lots of rocks and roots!
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Latitude
42.77725940328745
Longitude
-73.44635009765625
Trail Directions
From NY: Get onto Route 2 Esat in Troy, NY. Follow into Grafton (about a 20 minute drive). You can take a left into the main park entrance, or you can go a bit further to the winter entrance (turn left after the Grafton General Store. Park in the Mill Pond Parking lot).
Trail Length
all together: 25 miles in the park. another 15 on adjoining properties.
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Grafton
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Review Date
September 1, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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3.67 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: TrailRat ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
To counter the "1 out 5" rating posted by "Don't beleve the hype" guy. . .
this guy quite obviously had a personal problem with the riders (98%roadies) of MHCC. Very UNcool to disrespect an entire trail network based on that chip on your shoulder that equals the size of your own inflated Ego. nice work.
As the trail steward for Grafton, i want to set the record straight. MHCC has not had any involvement with Grafton for a decade now. the Friends of Grafton & the folks from CapitalMTB are resonsible for the trails here. the only rutted out Fire Roads in the whole park are Long Pond Rd & the far north 1 mile of the RPI fire road/Little Johnnies. the rest of the nearly 25 (yes i said 25) miles of trails here are a blend of technically challenging rocky singletrack and wider smoother multi use trails which are better suited to an intermediate level rider. aside from the dirt roads here, i would not bring a beginner rider here. We have collectively been adding 1 new segment of approved trail here per year for the past 5 years, thru partnering efforts with NYSOPR&HP & the other user groups. buy a map for $2 (not $3)and ask the park staff to recommend a route or ask for a copy of the cue sheets i printed up for them last year.

Recommended Route:
from Mill Pond;
Intermediate Classic; Mill Pond Trail to Long Pond Rd, left on Long Pond Rd, right on connector trail just past Second Pond, cross paved Main Beach Rd, go thtu parking lot at Deerfield Pavilion to trailhead for Shaver Pond Trail. Go left at Tee intersection onto Shaver pond loop trail. stay on this all the way around the pond, make a right on gravel road, then left onto Little Johnnies, go past water crosding and go right at next trail onto CrissCross, go up C-C to Water Tower trail at top. . . gp left onto Water Tower trail, follow this to the end @ Long Pond Trail (West). , go righr on Long Pond trail & follow towards the Beach, go right on the double track up thru the picnic area, follow gravel road to the right, then look for a ST trail on the right (Lollipop Loop) and take this up to the top of the hill, follow around to the right and out to the end at the gravel road. take this downhill to the trailhead for Water Tower/CrissCross, go left on C-C trail downhill, at Tee with Little Johnnies, go right and climb to the top. there other options here at the yellow gate. wink-nudge. OR continue on LJ's/RPI fire road on a screamin downhill to Long Pond Rd.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Continue. . . go right, then left onto Chet Bell and climb to the top. go left onto Fire Tower gravel road multi use trail, go right onto Spruce Bog trail. At 1/4 mile in there is a new trail just built this year on your left. . . BeechNut trail (1.5 miles out, then back to Spruce Bog) next year it will be a full 3 mile loop of Singletrack to White Lily Pond & back. . . take the Bog thru until you see another right hand tril off the main trail. . . take this to go on the Spruce Ridge Trail (singletrack), @ the end of this one go left to stay on the Bog back to your car go right and then left onto CrossOver trail and out to Long Pond Rd. Go left on Long Pond Rd & follow back to your car at mill pond. At an intermediate pace, this is about 12 miles worth ofriding and several hours with water breaks. just a smattering of what is here to ride.



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Review Date
October 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Pricey184 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Good place to visit if your in town on business. This is a XC trail system, easy enough to take newbies for a ride in the woods, or if you hammer it, a great aerobic spin. All in all, I wouldnt travel too far, but its a nice riding area.

Recommended Route:
Its worth it to buy a map for 3 bucks

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If your in Troy, then this a easy place to go run out of the city and ride. If you have time, head up to SMBA in Saratoga.



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Review Date
March 14, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jim flood ,  Racer

Summary:
I don't get it? I have raced CC all throughout New England & NYS, This is a great place to ride! I think there may be some confusion on these tails and how to get around. To me Grafton SP & the Pittstown SF are, for practical purposes, the same place. When you go here you ride both trail systems. HUGE thanks to the MHCC for there trail building efforts. I cant understand why anyone would have an unkind word about this group. These trails and many more exist because of them. There are literally miles of new singletrack in the Pittstown SF because of the MHCC. Try these trails out, they wont disappoint. If they do, dont come back.

Recommended Route:
Spruce Bog-Chet Bell-Ward Hollow-RPI-Bonnie & Clyde-Zig zag.......... P.S. there are a few ways to get down to Pittstown SF. Get a map from park ranger. Have fun!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Taconic Crest/Ridge, Spier Falls(aka Moroe State Park..another MHCC creation/enhancement), Skidmore(aka the Stables)



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Review Date
April 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Loveboogaloo , from Latham

Summary:
True, these are not the finest trails in the area, but Mt. Biking is a subjective sport. If you are after bloody grueling technical trails, come here shortly after or during a rain and ride spruce bog and the trail around long lake. If you are looking for a workout, try the loop above. If you are looking for fast rollercoaster singletrack, it's not here, try someplace else. Riding the same trails get boring everywhere, I keep these ones in the mix though.

Recommended Route:
Spruce Bog --> Fire Tower --> Chet Bell/Ball (whatever) --> RPI --> Repeat

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Skidmore, Cherry Plains, Lake George, North Creek...



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Review Date
March 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Don't Stop Believing , from The Hollow

Summary:
WWWWHHHHAAAAATEEEVVVEEERRR! Somebody's gettin' pissy, pussy!

Recommended Route:
everywhere.



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