Lisha Kill Preserve

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Lisha Kill Preserve is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Schenectady, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.3 miles 328 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

wild flowers

Beautiful forest, small creek, nice easy walk. The Lisha Kill Preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy, is a rare example of an old growth forest in a developed area. Some of trees (Eastern white pine and Eastern hemlock) are estimated to be well over 200 years old. Route 7 was originally slated to pass through this lovely forest. Through the efforts of local residents, it was saved for future generations. The trail (marked with red) heads south crossing a creek on a small bridge. Soon you reach a T-intersection. Bear right and continue along the top edge of the ravine. The trail drops down to the level of the stream before climbing again and returning you back at the T-intersection. Turn right and head back to the parking area. A short spur trail (marked with white and blue) leads to a housing development off of Rosendale Rd.

hiking
11 days ago

November 2016: Well marked trails. Beautiful area. Slippery wet leaves so hiking boots are recommended. Good views and some elevation changes makes it a little more challenging.

1 month ago

You could best describe this trail as a simple walk through the woods. There seems to be a colored marker on every tree and if you venture off the trail (possible in some spots) you'll likely end up back on the trail at a different point.

It winds around the woods and has a little up and down action to it at parts. You may also hear different sounds throughout as surrounding neighborhoods hug the perimeter. If you want to take a little nature walk for an hour, this is for you.

walking
1 month ago

This was a nice easy walk to do after work. This is a nice gentle trail that's very going for people of all ages. Walking and enjoying the leaf colors were very nice and easygoing. I would recommend this for anyone looking for something casual to do.

1 month ago

I actually like this trail, yes, it's a steep hill to get down and small steep to get up, but for me and my dogs it's doable. The only thing I finds less desirable is people not leashing their dogs which causes chaos with mine as they are leashed while owners just stand there or don't even pay attention. Only if I tell them my dog is not dog friendly they make an effort to control their dogs. It's the only trail in the area where some dog owners do not observe rules and put theirs and other dogs and their owners at risk.

1 month ago

disappointed. it is not "easy", it is quite bumpy due to tree roots and almost right away the trail goes down quite a sloped hill. it is not a friendly trail for people with arthrtis, etc.

1 month ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great for a day hike.

3 months ago

Excellent hiking doable in 2 hours or less with water to explore and play in.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a nice little trail. Easily accessible and easy to complete. I saw a few people walking their dogs and as well as a family with children, so the trail is usable by just about anyone looking to enjoy a quick 1-2 hr hike.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

a slight challenge with some ups and downs. a couple places where we lost the trail markers briefly but a good hike. seemed a lot cooler than surrounding areas.

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent hike, fun for kids and adults!!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail my dogs love it

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Decent, enjoyable, and close to home. There are no real views, but there is easy access to a pleasant enough stream.

hiking
5 months ago

Very easy, but fun! beautiful views!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike. It is a longer loop than 2.7 miles, we did almost 5 following outer trails. The kill is really nice, we put our feet in and had a picnic next to the moving water on the grey wacky beach. We went on a Saturday and it had moderate traffic. Also, a fairly easy hike (in most spots) for kids, and lots of toads and garden snakes to keep them interested.

6 months ago