Hacklebarney State Park
Route 206 to Chester. Follow Route 24/513 west for one mile, left to State Park Road for two additional miles. Turn right onto Hacklebarney Road and travel 1/2 mile. The entrance is on the left. GPS Coordinates: 40.751107, -74.732544
The Black River courses through a glacial valley which is cool even in mid-summer. Some pathways in the gorge are narrow and rocky, the majority are gravel.
Hacklebarney State Park has a network of 9 trails, the longest is 1.8 miles, the rest under a mile each -- they total 5 miles. Circuit hikes are possible; use Web Map link on this site. The footpaths vary in difficulty, the trails along the Black River are narrow and rocky, while the majority are gravel. The highest elevation on the west side of the Black River is 804 feet.
The freshwater Black River cuts its way through rocky Hacklebarney State Park, cascading around boulders in the hemlock-lined ravine. Two tributaries, Rinehart and Trout brooks, also course their way through this glacial valley, feeding the Black River. Even in the heat of midsummer, the temperature of Black River gorge is cool and refreshing. Of the Park's 1186 acres, 465 are dedicated to hiking -- the remainder to hunting in season.