Lisha Kill Preserve

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Lisha Kill Preserve is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Schenectady, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles
272 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


cross country skiing


nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

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.

3 months ago

this is a very nice trail! very well-marked and maintained. flows nicely through the terrain. Bridges and creeks throughout here and there. lots of different watering spots for the dog. beautiful Forest scenery. no real difficulties getting around anywhere on this trail. there are up and down slopes but nothing really difficult to walk. trail conditions are excellent today. beautiful day, great exercise! 8 May 2018

3 months ago

Might be easy for some, but I found it steep and not well marked. will try it again in dryer weather.

3 months ago

A little steep to first get onto the trail but once on it’s a great trail.

6 months ago

A quick loop that my dog loves to do!

11 months ago

Great trail that's easy to find. It's well marked except for the very beginning. Once you are on it, easy to follow. It's mostly shade and very peaceful especially by the babbling brook. It's a keeper. Good trail to take your dog too!

trail running
11 months ago

Nice little short trail. Only elevation is basically at the beginning of the trail as you descend towards the river. Well marked and well maintained

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I loved the Trail, just I wouldn't go again at night! Definitely will recommend this preserve

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Good trail. Well marked.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Best trail near home and I did not know about this one.Everything on this trail is so perfect..A stream along the trail, kids friendly and beautiful woods..My 3 year old had good time!!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Very nice trail well marked I would rate little harder than easy but great exercise for an hour.

Monday, July 10, 2017

I drove past the entrance to this little gem a few times before I found the tiny sign for it. I'm glad I persisted because it was a gorgeous trail! It was well marked and it was easy to see the trail, even without markers. There were quite a few bugs from all of the wet weather, but still beautiful.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fun place to walk and explore, kid friendly for sure

Thursday, June 22, 2017

It's a great little hike! The two side trails add to the exercise but the main trail has all the cool fixings.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Great place. Haven't been here in twenty years. Trails are very well marked.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Kids, hubby and I loved it. Did one loop without the two extra loops and that was plenty for the 4 year old.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Great hike today with my daughter. All the trails were in great shape with no ice and just a little mud to slow us down in the steep spots. We heard a great horned owl hooting from deep in the pines. Cool!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beautiful area for a walk in the woods that is in the capital district. I wouldn't call it a hike, but walking isn't a category here, and really, what's the difference?

Monday, December 26, 2016

icy yet serene. It was cold and trails were icy. It was amazing how the family really got into it and ended with some great conversation, few landed on their bottoms and we all couldn't stop ROLF!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

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.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

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.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Great for a day hike.

Friday, September 02, 2016

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

Monday, August 29, 2016

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.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

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.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Excellent hike, fun for kids and adults!!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Great trail my dogs love it

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