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Acra Point Loop Trail - Windham & Blackhead Mountain Range

Acra Point Loop Trail

Overview of this Hike:

Distance: 5.06 miles from DEC parking lot to Acra Point to the Escarpment Trail below Blackhead Mountain and loop back. Trail can be hiked in either direction, but it seems that it is better to hike the North direction first (Acra Point).
Time: Average 3.5 hours round trip
Elevation Gain: 857 feet from parking lot to highest point in hike.
Best Time to Hike: Anytime. Morning will provide light on the Blackhead Mountain Range. Escarpment Trail will have lots of views when the leaves are NOT on the trees. Summer hikes are good, but with less views.
Difficulty: Easy
VO Map No: #7 - #5 - #8 - #1
Catskill Highest: #74
Peak Elevation: 3,105'
Digital Mapper: Topo Terrain Satellite
Attractions: Beautiful views from Ledge #1 of the Blackhead Mountain Range.
Attractions: Easy short hike - Can do Blackhead Mountain as an extra hard hike.
Unattractions: Stream crossing can be difficult after heavy rain storms. - Bushwack up left side of stream if this is the case.
Dangers: Do NOT attempt to cross the creek at trail head after a large rain storms.
Dangers: Do NOT attempt this hike during very high winds - tree blow downs are common on this hike
Common Animals: Coyotes, bears, bobcats, grouse, butterflies.
Risky Animals: Rattlesnakes (none), Bears (low), Mountain Lions (none)
Access Methods: Foot, snowshoe, and ski trail in some sections. Very good snowshoe trail. Fair cross-country ski trail.



Maps, Profile, and GPS files

Catskill Mountains Acra Point Loop Trail GPS
Catskill Mountains Acra Point Loop Trail Profile
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Directions to Trail Head from New York State Thruway (Easist, not the shortest):

  • DEC parking lot in Batavia Valley. GPS: N42 17.334 W74 06.900.
  • Take New York State Thruway to Exit 21 (Catskill).
  • Take a left out of the NYS Thruway entrance road.
  • Go approximately 1/2 mile
  • Take a right onto Route 23 West
  • Go somewhere around 21.5 miles on Route 23.
  • Take a left onto County Rt 65 (Main Care Gas Station on Right - Condos on left).
  • Go approximately 0.7 miles on Route 65.
  • Take left onto Rt 65A.
  • Go approximately 0.3 miles on Rt 65A .
  • Continue Straight onto Rt 40 after stop sign.
  • Go approximately 1.8 miles on Rt 40.
  • Take a left onto Rt 56 (3-way intersection in Maplecrest).
  • Follow Rt 56 approximately 4.2 miles
  • Continue off the asphalt road to the gravel road until you reach the DEC parking lot. GPS: N42 17.334 W74 06.900
  • Do NOT block driveway in the DEC parking lot. This goes to someones house.
  • Do NOT drive beyond the DEC parking lot. This is someones driveway.
  • Land around the DEC parking lot and the beginning of the trail is PRIVATE land. Please respect private landowners.


  • Mile Stone Chart

    Mile PointAltitudeNotes
    0.002,237 DEC Parking Lot - GPS: N42 17.339 W74 06.906
    0.062,231 Trail Head - Head back down the road towards Maplecrest - N42 17.360 W74 06.965
    0.382,378' Cross steam again
    1.032,771' Trail Junction - Left will take you to Burnt Knob - Right will take you to Acra Point - Go RIGHT - N42 18.036 W74 06.637 - Moderate uphill climb.
    1.302,991 Trail Junction on Right side of trail - View from Un-named Ledge #1
    1.322,991 Un-named Ledge #1 - N42 17.987 W74 06.390
    1.713,084' Acra Point - N42 17.840 W74 06.026
    3.432,871 Trail Junction - Straight goes to Blackhead Mtn (difficult climb) - Right takes you to DEC parking lot - Go RIGHT. - N42 16.542 W74 05.884
    4.482,410 Trail Junction - Left goes to Blackdome Mtn - Straight takes you to DEC parking lot - Go STRAIGHT. N42 16.995 W74 06.483
    5.062,237 DEC Parking Lot - End of this hike.

    Hike of Acra Point Loop Trail - Windham Mtn Range

    Acra Point Loop Trail The picture on the LEFT is the DEC parking lot. Do not block the drive way on the west side of the parking lot. This crude driveway leads up to a summer house. The road that leads past the DEC parking lot leads to a house, so do NOT go beyond the DEC parking lot. The last 1/2 mile to the DEC parking lot is not plowed in the winter. Some people try to drive up (with 4WD) to the DEC parking lot in the winter and get stuck. The section of the road has a high crown, which caused 4WD to slip off the side of the road.

    The trail head to Acra Point is back DOWN the road 6/100 mile. You will find a wooden bridge that will cross the creek. Once you cross the bridge you will need to cross another creek. If the creek is high you should NOT attempt to cross the creek.
    Acra Point Loop Trail
    Acra Point Loop Trail Once you cross the bridge you will need to cross another creek (in picture). If the creek is high you should NOT attempt to cross the creek. You can bushwack up the LEFT side of the creek bed. The trail will cross the creek again about 3/10 mile up the creek. So, crossing the creek is not that important. Once you cross the creek again, you will also see a lot of birds in this spot. Especially woodpeckers.

    At mile post 1.03, you will encounter the trail junction in the picture. Left will take you to Burnt Knob. Right will take you to Acra Point. Go RIGHT. You will climb a small moderate hill. At the top of the hill you will see a trail on the LEFT which will take you to an un-named ledge with a great view of the Blackhead Mountain Range.
    Acra Point Loop Trail
    Acra Point Loop Trail The picture on the LEFT show a picture of the trail (100' long) to the Un-named Ledge. The picture at the top of the page shows the view from this ledge. You can also see Burnt Knob.

    At mile post 1.71, you will encounter Acra Point. Unfortunately, the brush and trees have grown up over the years and have obscured the great view that past generations had.
    Acra Point Loop Trail
    Blackhead Mountain
    The trail further down the Escarpment trail is flat for the most part. The ridge you will be walking on is 50 to 200 feet wide. Some of the ledges off the trail are quite high. Some are over 100 feet high. It is a nice walk.

    At mile post 3.43, you will encounter a trail junction. Going straight will take you to the top of Blackhead Mountain. This is a very steep and difficult hike. Right will take you back to the DEC parking lot. Go RIGHT. .
    Blackhead Mountain
    At mile post 1.30 you will encounter the DEC Batavia Kill Lean-to. The picture on the left shows what the lean-to looks like.
    Blackhead Mountain
    At mile post 4.48, you will encounter the trail junction to Black Dome Mountain. Going left will take you to the top of Blackhead Mountain. It is a steep hike to the top (about 1.8 miles one way). Continuing straight will take you back to the DEC parking lot. Go STRAIGHT.

    There are actually two signs on two different trees.
    Blackhead Mountain
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