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    Dario Abramskiehn reviewed Baker Woods Preserve - IRLC

    10 months ago

    My first visit to the Baker Woods Preserve was beautiful! BWP hikes start from a newly finished parking pad along Factory Road in Natural Bridge, NY. From there head down the path towards the visitor kiosk to snag a map and sign-in. Go take in beautiful panoramic views of the Indian River from Doris’ Deck before starting down Norm’s Path. Signs along the path greet hikers with stanzas from Wallace Stevens’ The Snow Man. Follow Norm’s Path across the road as it turns into Woodcutter Loop, surrounded by raspberries and white, red, and scotch pines. Take Norm’s Path to any of the beautiful views or cozily-nestled benches along Beaversprite Pond. If you’re lucky, you might catch beavers or wood ducks along the pond in summer or fall. From there the hike heads along the Hemlock Hill Trail across bog bridges that take you alongside wetlands and amongst cedars and hemlocks. Hemlock Hill takes you back to the parking pad where you stared.
    It’s a lovely hike and is well-suited to lots of different hiking abilities and ages.