Shavertown Trail: Snake Pond and the Beautiful Tremperskill Overlook

Tremperskill Overlook
Average read time 5 min
Summary

A hike to a pretty pond and places with gargantuan views

The Shavertown Trail is two trails that lead to incredible views of the Pepacton Reservoir and surrounding mountains in the Western Catskills. The visit to Snake Pond will please hikers of all ages. For the techies in the crowd or folks that like to see unusual things on the trail, the Pond Loop Trail heads past a remote weather station. Seasonal wildflowers and lilypads will add to the excellent year-round views.

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Shavertown trail specs from the trailhead

As typical with the hikes on NYCDEP land, you’ll be walking on various surfaces from, on this hike, footpaths to gravel roads. If you’re looking for a short hike with a great return on investment, these are your trails!

Snake Pond Loop Trail

Distance RTClimb from the roadDifficulty
1.4-miles530 feetModerate

Tremperskill Overlook Trail

Distance RTClimb from the roadDifficulty
2.2-miles706 feetModerate

Pond Loop Trail & Tremperskill Overlook Trail

Distance RTClimb from the roadDifficulty
3.0-miles922 feetModerately hard

The Shavertown Trail step by step:

This description is hiking the entire trail system. One could do the pond and head back, and that would be special in itself.

  1. Park at the lot on BWS Road #4 at its intersection with NY State Route 30.
  2. Walk on BWS Road #4 630’ down the road to the trailhead and brush your boots and sign in.
  3. From the road, on the red-marked trail, walk 0.3-miles to a junction with a gravel road that leads to Snake Pond. 
  4. Turning right on the apparent gravel drive (red-markers), climb and travel another 0.3-miles and reach the weather station and some lovely views.
  5. From the weather station, it’s another 0.3-miles to the pond and views. Stop rest and enjoy the beauty of this place.
  6. From the impounded pond, take the trail below the view, and you’ll descend 160 feet in 0.2-miles to the junction with the blue-marked Tremperskill Overlook Trail.
  7. Turn right and take the blue trail 0.7-miles to the overlook.
  8. Back to the trailhead, retrace your steps on the blue trail, and at the junction with the red trail, follow this back to the trailhead. Your distance from the overlook to the trailhead is about 1.1-miles.

Photos

Parking for the Shavertown Trail
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Parking for the Shavertown Trail
Sign pointing to Shavertown trailhead
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Sign pointing to Shavertown trailhead
Shavertown trailhead sign
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Shavertown trailhead sign
Trail register with tick warning sign
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Trail register with a tick warning sign
The weather station on the Snake Pond Loop Trail
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking The weather station on the Snake Pond Loop Trail
View from the weather station
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking View from the weather station
Snake Pond
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Snake Pond
View of the Pepacton near the pond
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking View of the Pepacton near the pond

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Bench at Snake Pond
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Bench at Snake Pond
Trail junction at the loop and overlook trails
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Trail junction at the loop and overlook trails
Rock ledges near the viewpoint
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Rock ledges near the viewpoint

Another hike nearby: Palmer Hill Trail in the Catskills. Fun but Unusual.

Hiking toward the Tremperskill Overlook
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Hiking toward the Tremperskill Overlook

Video view from Tremperskill Viewpoint

View from Tremperskill Viewpoint

Map of Shavertown Trails

Click on the map or here for an interactive version of the map.

Shavertown Trail Map
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Shavertown Trail Map

Other resources

Catskill Mountain Club Avenza Map Set

NYC DEP Recreation Map

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