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    Emily Crimmins updated Vosburgh Swamp Wildlife Management Area

    about 1 month ago

    Emily Crimmins updated Vosburgh Swamp Wildlife Management Area

    about 1 month ago

    Emily Crimmins reviewed High Falls Conservation Area Loop

    about 1 month ago

    The way many reviews describe this, I half expected a concrete slab leading to a waterfall outlook. It wasn’t that. You still need proper footwear, you still need to watch your step, there are hills and a few slippery inclines. However, it’s almost all shaded forest trail, it wasn’t very muddy despite a good rain yesterday, and though I expected lots of bugs, especially near the water, I only saw one and it wasn’t the biting or flying in your face kind. I found all 3 trails to be well marked except for the tiny section of West blue trail, where I didn’t see a single marker. There are big “trail stops here” signs too. The trail does continue past those but it’s at your own risk. I didn’t chance it.

    I ended up hiking 2 miles the way I did it. My first pass, I went straight up the green trail and ignored all the side trails. This trail leads steadily uphill to the falls overlook. We had a good rain yesterday and the falls were outrageous, thundering, majestic. Watch your footing here, the viewing area is on a slope with a short flimsy fence at the bottom that would not stop you if you tripped into it.

    I picked up the red trail on the way back. This loops back to the green trail. Mostly flat, it gets narrow but is still well defined. When it hit the green trail again, I backtracked to the blue trail. There is a steep shortcut between the green and blue trails but you don’t have to take it. Follow the green trail around the corner and the blue branches off to the left with the green continuing right and uphill.

    The blue trail goes down to the creek and the base of the falls. There is a bench at the end of the blue trail at the bottom of the falls. This is a lovely spot worth the side trip. There is a shortcut between the lower and higher sections of the blue trail, nicely made stone steps.

    Then I took the green trail back to almost the beginning where the small spur of western blue trail is. Now this is a steep slope down with some tree roots to use as “steps.” There really aren’t any trees to hold on to or anything so watch your footing. This little bit goes along the creek to an old mill if you go left and just up to the creek’s edge if you go right.

    Overall, I’d still say it’s mostly easy and the waterfalls are insanely beautiful. Usually you have to work a lot harder to get to a View like that!

    Emily Crimmins saved Iron Mine Pond Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Emily Crimmins saved Jug End Road

    about 1 month ago

    Emily Crimmins saved Bash Bish Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Emily Crimmins reviewed Inspiration Point and Boulder Rock Trail

    4 months ago

    We had planned to do a different easier trail but only had a 2017 tag for our dog, not a rabies certificate showing the shot was good until September, so we couldn’t get in to the park where that trail was. This trail is rated as moderate and it was too much for my 5 and 9 year old. I enjoyed it, especially the views from Inspiration Point and the cool, rocky forest paths. Well marked with signage and flares. Quite a bit of steep hills.

    Emily Crimmins reviewed Waterfall Overlook via Riverside and Upland Trail Loop

    5 months ago

    It was a mild, gorgeous day, so it was pretty crowded. We got the last spot in the parking area. The red trail is quite easy. There are benches at fairly frequent intervals. The white/riverside trail I would classify as moderate, narrowed with loose stones, tree roots, sloping to sheer drop offs with no rails/barriers, and some steep hills with rocks. Also, no benches. My kids whined on this trail. The dog enjoyed the little beach at the river’s edge. I enjoyed the lush forest and waterfall views. There was a nice seating area at one of the waterfalls. We did not go on the Father C. Jorn/blue trail, which I believe had the old icehouse on it and another waterfall. The family wasn’t up for it. I’ll definitely be back to check that out. Overall, I was very impressed with the trails at this preserve! Very well marked with flares and clear paths.

    Emily Crimmins updated Mawignack Preserve

    5 months ago

    Emily Crimmins saved Kinderhook Creek

    5 months ago

    Emily Crimmins saved Bennett Hill

    5 months ago

    Emily Crimmins reviewed Poet's Walk Trail

    5 months ago

    Love this trail. They were doing some construction on it when I visited but I hope to get back to finish it at some point.

    Emily Crimmins completed Poet's Walk Trail

    5 months ago

    Emily Crimmins saved South Trail

    5 months ago