Norvin Green – Panoramic Views and Waterfalls

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Rugged hike to Wyanokie High Point for panoramic views then on to cascades at Chik Falls and Otter Hole.

Norvin Green is one of the best areas in the state for hiking, in our opinion – it has a network of rugged trails with plenty of expansive views and some nice waterfalls for payoff.

Miles: 7.7

Overview: GREEN (Otter Hole) – BLUE (Hewitt Butler) – RED on WHITE CIRCLE (WCI) – WHITE (Lower) – WHITE (PBT – Post Brook Trail) – BLUE (Hewitt Butler) – GREEN (Otter Hole).

For detailed hike directions visit our main “Norvin Green State Forest” page.

We’ve done this route many times, but not for about five years (“High Point, Chik Falls and Otter Hole loop“) so it was time to hit it up again.

First stop on this hike is Wyanokie High Point for a 360 degree panoramic view…

High Point Panorama

…including the NYC skyline on a clear day…


This is popular viewpoint but we hung out here for nearly 30 minutes and not one other hiker came up.

I guess everyone was sleeping in or off leisurely chowing down on bagels or something. Their loss.

It’s always nice getting to enjoy a spot like this all to ourselves on a drop-dead gorgeous day in the most densely populated state in the nation.

There is a reason this is a popular spot… views…


upon views…


upon views…


We chose to take RED on WHITE CIRCLE to the WHITE (Lower) trail because the last time up High Point we continued over Carris Hill.

There are more viewpoints that way, but it also more difficult. This route is less strenuous, shadier and we like the remoteness.

While on the Lower trail we spotted some interesting contrails… X marks the spot?


Eventually ended up at Chikahoki Falls…


Then on to the cascades at Otter Hole before returning via the GREEN (Otter Hole) trail.


Wildlife spotted: a variety of different sized toads.

6 thoughts on “Norvin Green – Panoramic Views and Waterfalls”

  1. Great hikes at Norvin Green but don’t recall being on the Otto Hole section. Will give it a try on the next trip.

  2. I did the Carris Hill section of this park with my parents many years ago–we honestly didn’t know what we were getting into, but we loved it, and I have always wanted to go back. Thanks for the reminder, and this time, I might try the lower section!

  3. First time to Norvin Green and it was a wonderful hike. Great views of Wyanoke high pt and very challenging ups. Well worth the trip and definitely will be back. Enjoyed the variety of trails which you could create many different loop hikes.

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