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John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Troy, New York that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.8 mi Elevation gain 52 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Cross country skiing Hiking Mountain biking Snowshoeing Walking Bird watching River Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy
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The 24-acre preserve contains a criss-crossing network of trails for easy out and back or loop hiking. A surprisingly quiet area near Troy neighborhoods. Some of the trails can get muddy/mucky after a rainstorm.

There is an informational kiosk near the trailhead at the end of Wynantskill Way.

The preserve is operated by the Rensselaer Land Trust. More information about the preserve is online at: https://www.renstrust.org/explore/preserves/public-preserves/8-john-b-staalesen-vanderheyden-preserve

Not very difficult walking for the most part, but not stroller or wheelchair friendly. It will be muddy after a rainstorm, and the ground can be a bit mucky near the Wynants Kill.

On-street parking is available on Willard Avenue (a strip of land takes you through the signed entrance to the preserve), and there is also a small parking lot at the end of Wynantskill Way, next to a Community Garden and an information kiosk.

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Bethany Lynn
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Hiking

Wasn't too bad short little walk around. more loops then what are on current map.

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Yvonne Kerr
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HikingBugsClosedOver grownRocky

Nice area and coming up on the Wynants Kill stream was unexpectedly lovely. Trails aren't marked but worn down enough to follow. GPS was being funny but more or less followed the posted map. Local dogs not leashed and with no person in sight was a bit annoying. Great trees and flowers to look at. Not interested in a repeat but glad to check it off the list.

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Sarah Daigneault
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Hiking

Nice little trail. Good for a short walk or snowshoeing.

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Barbara OBrien
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HikingOver grown

trail not marked and over grown. Couldn't complete the loop the trail was so over grown.

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John Bullough
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A nice, quiet set of trails near an urban neighborhood. Great place to see birds and deer, and to watch the Wyants Kill flow by!

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Caitee Smith
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