Horsetail Falls Loop offers a gorgeous waterfall view right at the trailhead. It also holds secrets to discover along the way. That’s one of the reasons why I find myself returning to this trail often, even though it is one of the more crowded hikes. The 2.6 mile loop is open year-round except for particularly dangerous weather conditions. But even last weekend during the 72 mph wind gusts in the Gorge, there were people out on this and other trails.
From this point the descent back to the highway goes pretty quickly. If you parked at the Horsetail Falls trailhead, you’ll walk along the old scenic highway for about a half a mile, past Oneonta Gorge Trailhead, across old stone bridge, and through the restored tunnel. If you’re into geocaching, there is at least one micro-cache hidden on the East side of the tunnel.