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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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richard derikart
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sara Vitelli
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Barbara Polidore
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Really nice trail. Well marked. Hills, water, big trees.

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Michael Heim
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Pretty little hike

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Danielle Livingston
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if you're asthmatic pace yourself carefully

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Celeste Young
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A little muddy but trails are well marked and most muddy spots have good leaf cover or an easy spot to walk around. Lots of downed trees, two over the trail.

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richard derikart
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Even the rain for the last mile couldn't spoil the hike. A beautiful gem in the heart of the Capital District.

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Kevin Koniewicz
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Super easy beginner hike with a slight burn. Stay to the right all night and you’ll do be just right!

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Erin Alaxanian
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Great short hike. A little muddy today but it is

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Anne-Marie Serre
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Best local trail for a quick nature “bath”!

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John Chinski
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Joseph Spence
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Daniel Johnson
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Great local hike. Lots of wilderness in the middle of suburbia. Trail gets busy with people and dogs.

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Audrey guan
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Colin Daniels
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Robert Fontaine
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Stephanie Copeland
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Awesome!

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demi .
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red trail was beautiful and easy. some steep areas but generally manageable. nicely tracked and easy to follow for the most part. definitely coming back

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Abigail Hopkins
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Elizabeth Mary
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Jon Dercole
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well maintained

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Marthanne Garrigan Gershman
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The trail is well marked. The foliage was beautiful.

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Liz Morgan
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John Mahar Sr.
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It’s a nice, easy trail. No really difficult obstacles and nice scenery.

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Yani T
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Very clear trail. Very easy, barely any uphill activity so definitely kid-friendly. Got caught in the loop lol but made my way back to the start eventually.

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Feng Chen
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Well maintained and labeled. No mud, water is little low but s some streams

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David Loman
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Feng Chen
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Easy trail with a few steep spots but not too bad. Water falls are beautiful and easily assessable.

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Kelly Lu
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Very nice! Tall trees and a cute little creek. So comforting to be in the deep woods and hear the running water from the creek.

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