Narrow passage on the Catfish Loop Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin Narrow passage on the Catfish Loop Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike traverses a remote area of the park, reaching an interesting rock formation with broad west-facing views and passing many old stone walls.

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This hike follows the 4.6-mile-long Catfish Loop Trail, which loops around the southwest corner of Fahnestock State Park. 

On the west side of Dennytown Road, across from and just south of the parking area, you will see a sign for the Catfish Loop Trail. Head west into the woods on the white-blazed Appalachian Trail. In a short distance, you’ll reach an intersection with the red-blazed...

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September 19, 2016
Parking Lot
<p>The directions/notes for the hike should read that after your turn onto Dennytown Road, continue until you reach the second dirt parking on the left, the one with the large kiosk. :) I went in that first one also and then kind of figured it was not the right one.&nbsp;</p>
June 22, 2016
Peaceful hike!
<p>Did this hike on Monday and it was peaceful and easy to follow. Can't say anything bad about this hike!</p> <p>When you get to Dennytown Rd, don't turn into the first parking lot like I did. Go down the road a bit and you will then be at the correct parking area.</p>
October 18, 2015
Excellent Thought Clearing Hike
<p>I've done many hikes, but this one was one of the most peaceful that I have done in a while. &nbsp;There is practically no chance of loosing your place on this trail, just follow the red blazes start to finish. &nbsp; It really does wonders for just letting go and enjoying the hike without having to worry whether you missed a blaze or if you where supposed to switch trails.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The fall foliage is amazing and the addded snow shower in the middle of the hike made it that much better. &nbsp;I would definitely reccomend this hike for anyone who wants to experience peace and quiet, is a first time hiker(the terrain is easy, just a few moderate parts) or just wants to tone it down from all those strenous hikes this season.</p>
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