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Lisha Kill Nature Loop is a 2.2 mile heavily 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.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 295 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Wild flowers

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Trail consists of Grattan Family Trail (red), Frank's Trail (yellow), and Paul's Trail (blue). 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.

Nature Conservancy of Eastern New York (518) 690-7878

Take I-87 (Northway) to exit 6. Go west on NY Rte 7 for 4.4 miles. Turn right onto Mohawk Road. After 0.7 miles, turn left on Rosendale Rd. Continue for another 1.1 miles to parking area on left side - 0.3 miles past River Rd. Look for the brown sign (Lisha Kill Preserve). Park in the lot on west side of the old garage.

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Kimberly Juracka
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Nice trail. Walk cut short from wasp stings on franklin trail. Be careful.

Benjamin Rosenthal
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Pretty crowded but everyone was respectful of distance and only a few without masks. Nice family hike.

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Michael Plumey
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Kirstin Seaman
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Wear bug spray!!! Nice quick trail with lots of steep declines and a few uphills. Had a great time & would definitely come back but with bug spray!

Carmen Mulyca
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Great little hike to take the kids...especially on a hot day. We always stop and play in the water for a while...the dogs love it too!! Very easy hike...about 3 miles. Nice trails in the middle of Niskayuna!

Cheyenne Lifite
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Renee DeCarlo
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Great little hidden treasure. I would never have guessed this trail was so beautiful! I love the tree roots.

Amanda Soto
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Easy trial. Well marked . A lot of bugs thou.

Michelle P
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Easy trail- a little buggy though

Lisa Keating
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Hiking

Great trail! Little elevation in some areas but very easy to negotiate. Kids loved climbing all the “root stairs” and playing in the water.

Lisa Kahrs
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Hiking

Beautiful well marked trails. It was very dry no mud but evidently has muddy spots on wet days. trails were very rooty in most areas. Creek was nice to stop and rest. So far one of the nicest trails we have been to. Recommended

Kenneth Redick
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I like it ....pretty easy and a lots o roots and people but that could the covid curve too...

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Jackie Pfeiffenberger
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Madison Rose
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Trail is rerouted at the beginning of the trail. Hiked this trail at 9am on a Saturday morning, not busy, but did see other people with their dogs.

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Olga Cross
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Hiking

Kids and dogs friendly trail. Bring bug spray - we had to spray twice: in the beginning and half - way. Finished in under an hour with kids and a dog (youngest is 6).

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Jarrod France
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Cali Beasley-Carroll
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Maria A.
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Cheyenne Lifite
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Heavily trafficked, but a good one to tire out your dog. Love that there’s lots of shade and a creek the pup can hop in to keep him cool.

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Chelsea Britton
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Megan Labbate
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A hidden gem in a suburban neighborhood. Trail can be muddy after a good rain, so be prepared. Beautiful, quiet, and serene.

kari lentchner
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great trail

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Jenny Stahl
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What a lovely trail with some fun options. Not flat!! Water. Super close if you want to visit Schenectady for take out. Go in morning to avoid the hoard. Walking dead reference during pandemic. Would say some spots are narrow so bring mask. Keep eye on trailheads so you don’t get yourself walking longer than expected.

Julia M
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Love this trail!

QueenK !
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Nick Belles
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McKenzie Sheldon
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