Chateaugay State Forest

August 15th, 2009
Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 5

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 5

Name: Chateaugay State Forest
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

GPS: N43 34.698 W75 57.707 (Beecherville Parking)

Trail 1: Length: 1.90 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 2: Length: 0.80 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 3: Length: 0.40 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 4: Length: 0.20 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 5: Length: 0.50 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 6: Length: 0.40 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 7: Length: 0.20 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail A/B: Length: 0.30 miles / Difficulty: Unknown
Trail B/C: Length: 0.60 miles / Difficulty: Unknown
Trail C/D: Length: 0.50 miles / Difficulty: Unknown
Trail D/B: Length: 2.20 miles / Difficulty: Unknown

* Don’t let the trail lengths above discourage you.  When you look at the trail map you’ll see there are multiple combinations that can be put together for longer hikes.

Trail Map: Chateaugay State Forest Trail Map, Chateaugay Area Map

Visited:
> 08/15/2009 (AdvGirl & Chinook)

Chateaugay State Forest is unique for hiking due to the pines and stone foundations throughout the trails.  As I’ve read, the area was once farmlands and these stone fences are remnants of that time.  All the trails are well marked, at least the numbered trails are.  The lettered trails are noted as currently not being maintained and on our initial visit, we didn’t hike any of them. In addition, some trails are referred to by names such as “The Turkey Trail”, “Keebler Trail”, “Elf Trail” and the “Old Hobbit Trail”.  I would suggest using the trail numbers as this is how they’re currently marked.

For the most part, the numbered trails are dry and easily hiked.  Trail #1, and especially Trail #2, had sections that were were muddy and in some places water had washed out the trail.  I suggest hiking boots if you intend to walk either of these two.  Our visit in August was pretty buggy when the trails left the pines so I’d also be prepared for that.

08-15-2009 Hike – We started at the trail head on Beecherville Road, went north on Trail #5, west on Trail #4 and north on Trail #1 until in intersected with Trail #2.  For the return loop we took Trail #2 southeast until the intersection of Beecherville Road and west to parking area.  The entire trip was 2.9 miles.

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 1 & 5 Intersection

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 1 & 5 Intersection

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 5

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 5

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 4 & 5 Intersection

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 4 & 5 Intersection

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 4 (East)

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 4 (East)

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 1 (Orwell Brook)

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 1 (Orwell Brook)

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 3

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 3

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