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Hiking at Frances Slocum State Park

13.7 miles of trails

Frances Slocum State Park Trail Map (PDF)

Trail Definitions

Difficulty Ratings

Easiest -- For beginner trail users. Grade is gentle with few obstacles.
More Difficult -- For the majority of trail users. Grade is steeper and trails narrower with embedded rocks or roots on the trail surface.
Most Difficult -- For trail users with advanced skills. Grade is steep and provides a definite physical challenge. Routes may not be well marked. Elevation gain or loss is severe.

Trail Route Type

Loop -- Start and end at the same location and follow a single trail to form a loop.
Out-and-back -- Start and end at a trailhead and follow a single trail to an endpoint or specific point of interest, then return along the same route.
Point-to-point -- Trails are generally longer in distance and parks may often contain only a portion of the trail within their boundary. Hiker starts and ends in different locations, often requiring a shuttle.
Connector -- Begin and end in connection with another trail or trails but do not terminate at a trailhead.

Bluebird Trail

0.5 mile  |  Easiest hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: none

This trail passes through fields and mixed forests in the northern portion of the park.

Buck Trail

0.8 miles  |  More difficult hiking  |  Connector trail  |  Red blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, mountain biking
Trailhead amenities: none

While skirting stone walls and old fields and passing through stands of pines, this trail connects to Maconaquah Trail in several places. 

Campground Trail

1.0 mile  |  More difficult hiking  |  Loop trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: modern restrooms, potable water

Campers and park visitors can access this trail from the Amphitheater parking lot in Stony Point. Enjoy hiking in the coverage of woods away from the campground commotion. A short stretch of Campground Trail overlaps with Larch Tree Trail. 

Deer Trail

3.2 miles  |  Most difficult hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  Yellow/red blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, mountain biking
Trailhead amenities: modern restrooms, picnic table, benches

This trail passes through an incredibly diverse woodland which includes marshes, wildlife habitats, and historic areas. On this trail, hike through beautiful pines, across bridges, down an old macadam road, and across concrete stepping stones in the marshy area. 

Doe Trail

0.3 mile  |  More difficult hiking  |  Connector trail  |  Red blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, mountain biking
Trailhead amenities: none

This multi-use trail connects up to Maconaquah trail. 

Frances Slocum Trail

0.7 mile  |  Easiest hiking  |  Loop trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: modern restrooms, picnic tables

This short trail climbs a hill up to the famous rock formation. Explore the rock shelter where the park's namesake, Frances Slocum, and Delaware Indians took refuge. 

Hilltop Loop Trail

0.7 mile  |  More difficult hiking  |  Loop trail  |  Red blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, mountain biking
Trailhead amenities: none

This scenic loop trail starts and ends at the Green Road entrance. From this trail, you can connect to Maconaquah and Upper Deer Trail. This trail goes through woods and an open field - great for a short continuous hike. 

Lake Shore Trail

1.4 miles  |  Easiest hiking  |  Out-and-back trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: modern restrooms, picnic tables, benches

Take a peaceful walk along the water's edge of the Lake Shore Trail. This trail begins at the Campground Road bridge or in the Big Pines Picnic Area. 

Larch Tree Trail

2.0 miles  |  More difficult hiking  |  Loop trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, snowmobiling
Trailhead amenities: none

Enjoy this hike through a lush forest featuring a magnificent stand of Red Pine trees. This loop trail begins and ends on the Campground Road. 

Maconquah Trail

2.5 miles  |  Most difficult hiking  |  Loop trail  |  Red blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, mountain biking
Trailhead amenities: none

Maconaquah is Frances Slocum's Native American name which translates to "little bear." This popular mountain biking trail starts and ends on Carverton Road or Green Road. 

Upper Deer Trail

0.6 mile  |  More difficult hiking  |  Connector trail  |  Red blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking, mountain biking
Trailhead amenities: none

This trail connects Deer Trail to Hilltop Loop through a mixed hardwood hillside.