Schodack Island State Park sits off the eastern shore of the Hudson River just south of Albany. Approximately seven miles of Hudson River and Schodack Creek shoreline bound the 1,052-acre site. A day-use facility, the park has been designated a State Estuary, and a portion of the park shelters a Bird Conservation Area (BCA) that is home to bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons that nest in the cottonwood trees. Eight miles of multi-use trails wind through a variety of ecological communities. In addition, the park has an improved bike trail, volleyball nets, horseshoe and a kayak/canoe launch site. Interpretive signage highlights the park's historic and environmental significance. Picnicking (tables and grills), groups by reservation (fee)

Naturalists will love this short hike. There is lots of tree and plant diversity as there is a complete mixture of native and non-native species present. It's a early to mid-successional forest through the center with marshland around the edges. The island was once three smaller islands that were joined by settlers in the early 1800's through dredging. As a result, the habitats and species diversity is incredible.
This area is a migrant trap for warblers. The really tall cottonwoods create a great habitat. We also saw lots of toads and snakes, as well as a variety of snails.
The biggest drawback was a lack of shoreline to access the river. The west side is very rocky and surrounded by an old retaining wall. We didn't visit the east shore of the island.

I trail run here and it's great for easy trail running. Not really a hike in my book as it's mostly flat!

Very flat walk along "4 wheeler" type roads ... not really trails as you would think of a trail. These are also x-country ski trails in the winter (and they would be excellent for that). Good nature ... high grass in some areas of the roads that aren't often used. Overall, it was pretty un-exciting ... if you want a place for just a general walk, this is a good place.

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lengthy. Not much to look at. Easy boring hike.

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Monday, September 05, 2016

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

These are EASY trails, not difficult as the app says. A few short, long, and very long loops through schodack island and all are very flat without much variation in scenery. Parking is free on weekdays and some weekends.

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

hiking
Friday, November 27, 2015

big park, nice easy terrain, good for snow shoeing. it was free parking when I went. not the most amazing scenery but good for exercising.

hiking
Thursday, January 02, 2014

We've hiked these trails in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Depending on what you are looking for they can be a nice relaxing, flat walk and if you are lucky you may spot one of the nesting eagles. Unfortunately it is along the river so you do run into garbage that has washed up but we still enjoy the trails.

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lots of BIG spiders!!!! The trails are not maintained as well as they should be....and the park is pretty small and they charge a fee...I've been to bigger nicer parks and have gone in for free...This is a two star park for me, nothing exciting to write home about. And couldn't even locate the GeoCashe!