The northern section is very nice to run! There are few to no obstructions.
The Charcoal Burners Trail is located in Clarence Fahnestock State Park. The trail is well marked with red discs and travels from the northern end of the park to the southern end. You can access the trail from three locations, but only one has a parking area alongside Route 301. The trail starts/ends in the north when it meets the Wiccopee Trail
. South of Route 301, the trail extends until it ends on the Three Lakes Trail
You can park on Route 301 and run north. This section is about 2.5 miles long and gives access to several other trails so you can complete a loop run. After about 1.25 miles, you'll reach Beaver
Pond. If you're running Charcoal Burners as part of a loop, Beaver
Pond is a nice place for lunch. Past Beaver
Pond, the trail is relatively level and easy. South of Route 301 is a 1 mile section that is more difficult with plenty of rocks – a definite change from the northern section.
Charcoal Burner is a great trail in the fall to see the leaves change color. In the summer, much of the northern trail is lined with fern. There are also far less people running this part of the park, which is nice.