We visited Echo Lake just to do a walking trail and planned on hiking to Cathedral Ledge. We entered the parking lot and I was sort of surprised to see we had to pay per person to park instead of per car. It was $8 for two adults and our 18 month old was free. From the parking area to the trail is a very short distance. There are also clean bathrooms and changing areas. We did a quick 1 mile loop around the lake and I kept looking for signs to Cathedral Ledge or White Horse Ledge. I saw none, just saw the yellow marks on the trees to indicate we were on a state maintained trail. We finished up and I went back to the parking attendant and asked her about the trails and how to find them. She seemed confused and said “there should be signs….?” And when I asked where I could find them she told me, “I’ve actually never done the trails, but let me get a map.” So then I had a decent map of where the trails were, but by that time our son was asleep in the backpack and we were frustrated. So I wish there had been signs. If you go, get a map. But Echo Lake is a nice family recreational area. I didn’t realize it was there. Nice beach area to swim at, charcoal grills available to cook on. Very clean, very pretty, nice views. We’ll probably return on our next trip and take a shot at hiking to the top of Cathedral Ledge with the map we were given, or maybe spend a few hours swimming and playing on the beach with the kids.
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