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Mohawk River State Park Loop is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Schenectady, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 177 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Cross country skiing Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Walking Bird watching Running Forest Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky
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NOTE: As of August 2020, hikers report that part of the trail is closed due to road work. Mohawk River State Park covers 107 acres in the vicinity of Lock 7 and has a boat launch as well as hiking trails. New York State purchased what was previously known as the Schenectady Museum Natural Preserve when making this park. The Mohawk Hudson Hike-Bike trail runs through park and serves as the starting point for a number of interconnected trails through the woods including the John F Brown Trail system which run through 100 acres of Niskayuna Town Land North of the park. Terrain is varied and runs through a number of ecosystems: mixed forests, overgrown fields, ravines. There are a few hills but the trails switchback so they aren't too steep. Most of the stream crossings have bridges. There are some older, informational signs and a number of newer markers providing some identification details for the trees they are on.

There is parking at the intersection of the Hike Bike Trail and Lock 7 road, the Lock 7 parking lots as well as next to the wastewater treatment plant on Whitmyer Drive. It's also possible to start at Blatnick park and follow the disk golf course to hole 4 where it intersects with the trail.

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Daniel Johnson
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grown

A nice rugged trail system. Wet and muddy in spots. If you try to stick to the Alltrails map you'll find yourself searching for the trail a few times

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Martha naber
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Downloading alltrails map before you go is a must! A web of trails all intersecting haphazardly. That’s the downside but the upside is you can tailor your hike to however much time you have. Not a lot of hills but some ups and downs. Also some views of the Mohawk River and lock 7. You can also access these trails from Whitmyer road (Niskayuna water treatment plant) or blatnik park. Operative word is flexible! I started at Whitmyer and hiked for 1.5h today. Wet and muddy in places, but enjoyable woods hike.

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Joe Levy
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Joseph B
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Hiking

Not well marked I went on a different trail.

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Nancy Kolakowski
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HikingOver grown

Nice area to walk but the trail was too overgrown in many areas. More markers are needed where different paths meet. We had to backtrack many times. Nice that you can hike in a loop and return to where you started.

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Benjamin Ronning
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Chuck Thorne
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Rui Xu
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Hiking

The trail is quite overgrown, but the view of the gorge is great!

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Chris Smith
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Walking

Very good trail. Watch out for tree roots. Cool view of the gorge.

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Cali Beasley-Carroll
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Hiking

Extremely overgrown, had to change trails multiple times. The only saving grace was the beautiful flowers and seeing the canal

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Megan O'Brien
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Hiking

part is closed, road work

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Kevin Flynn
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Hiking

Not bad in terms of bugs. Parts of the trail were over grown. Others smelled like the waste treatment plant. Not terrible, but would not rush back.

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Jeanette Sullivan
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Daniel Schuldt
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Hiking

I like this trail because it’s really close to my house and has LOTS of options for exploring. We bumped into some polite mountain bikers. The forest did smell around the waste treatment plant. Good stroll through the hike but not a lot of views b

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Chelsea Britton
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Melvin Rodriguez
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Muddy

The parking area near Lock 7 was closed for some construction so I didn’t get to enjoy being by the river so that was a bummer. The trail would have been ok, just ok since there were no views to speak of, but there were too many sections that were extremely muddy. I didn’t care for that at all. Is say that the moderate level is accurate. Maybe on lower end of that if it weren’t so muddy.

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Jill Miglin
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Hiking

Nice trail for a quick little hike. Could have been better marked. And going by the water treatment plant can be a bit smelly.

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Kelly Farry
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HikingMuddy

great place for a hike. lots to see.muddy in spots. the bridges are in rough shape

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Robert G.
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Hiking

Started off good, but then got bad smell around sewage plant? Not well marked. Would be great project for local students to mark this out better

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Patrick LaCoss
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HikingBugsOff trailOver grown

Very diverse trail, bit hard to determine what was and wasn't on the path. Found ourselves out at the road a few times and skirted private property. Otherwise a very nice path with a large variety of flora, elevation, and biomes. Hopped off the trail briefly to watch dragonflies dance at a small river bend (stay on the trail folks).

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Elyssah Baker
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Toril Heggen
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Running

Very peaceful. Markers for the loop are hard to follow.

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AllTrails User
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Bad smell

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Kyle Seniw
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A personal favorite. Beautiful views and easy access to the creek that weaves throughout the trails. Excellent for anything from a casual walk to exploring. Difficult to get lost, wide trails.

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