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Myosotis Lake Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rensselaerville, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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 3.2 mi Elevation gain 223 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Paddle sports Snowshoeing Running Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife
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The Huyck Preserve has 12 miles of trails open to the public daily dawn to dusk. Trails snake along the Rensselaerville falls, meander through peaceful old-growth forests, circumvent both Lake Myosotis and Lincoln Pond, and wind through several 80+ year old pine and spruce plantations. Come for a visit and Hike the Huyck! The Huyck Preserve offers 12 miles of trails for hiking (skiing and snowshoeing seasonally) open dawn til dusk year round for public use. Lake Myosotis is open to the public for kayaking and canoeing as well as fishing. Trails loop around Lake Myosotis and Lincoln Pond, through woods, fields and wetlands, and above and below the Rensselaerville Falls which cascade over 120 feet.

Limited parking is available at the Huyck Preserve for those visitors wishing to enjoy our Lake Program or Hiking Trails. Visitor parking is available at the Visitors Center, Eldridge Research Center, and Lake Myosotis Beach and Kayak area.

Please contact the Visitors Center (518-797-3440) with any questions about parking, the lake program, or our trail system.

Huyck Preserve Visitors Center 5052 Delaware Turnpike Rensselaerville NY Phone: 518-797-3440

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Mike Capasse
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Dj Hornyak
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Rob H
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Lake is subsided during fall season, but falls aren’t! Lovely without all the flies around

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Eileen Fagnani
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Well maintained, easy trail. Perfect for kids!

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Adam Bartolotta
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HikingGreat!

very nice trail...had fun day with 2 pups

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Kevin Novinski
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A++

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Julian Corpus
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Bronwyn Hagan
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WalkingGreat!

Very enjoyable hike around the west and east sides of the lake. Parking available, although the entrance is a little hidden. Look for the parked cars on the side of the road. We went on a holiday weekend afternoon, and it wasn’t too busy. Nice changes in terrain. Well maintained trails.

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Caitlin Wemette
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The water levels were low in the lake but the trail was very well marked. Such a cute spot!

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Tammy Peck
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Really enjoyed our hike. There are two entrances, neither has a restroom. Very well maintained with great views along the way!! Definitely will go again!

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Tom Morgan
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Liz Morgan
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planned to walk around the lake, but went towards waterfalls instead.

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brandon andrascik
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Great trail, cleared and not too crowded. The overlook to the waterfall is a great scenic spot

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Lina Pollydore
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The trail is clean and marked properly. The waterfalls and views are amazing!! I would coming back.

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Chris Smith
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Great hike with a mild up hill in the beginning. The Myosotis lake and dam had great views and the bridges over the falls were good for pictures.

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Madeline Forman
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HikingGreat!

Ah so wonderful! A lake, lots of small streams and the beautiful waterfall at the end. Truly a beautiful sight. Trails are well kept and wide for the most part. Definitely rooty and rocky with some steep areas. Lots of boards and bridges but could have posed a slippery challenge if wet. Get out there and do this one you won’t regret it!! **if you own boots, definitely pack it for this one.

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Richard Craig
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This is a really fun and easy hike. The trail markers are easy to find. Nice views of the lake from both sides of the loop. A good lunch or break stop at the waterfall. Found a creepy old cabin along the way too. We added some other trails from the Huyck Preserve to make a longer hike.

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Paul Gudelis
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful waterfalls. Saw some beaver activity at the second lake. Not great views, but the trails are well maintained and in excellent shape.

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Tom Leineweber
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Great relatively easy hike. Did it with 2-year old on back and 5-year old by my side and was not too hard but also not too easy for the kids. For the adults, beautiful terrain and varying landscape.

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Thomas Algozzine
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Nice easy walk on a breezy sunny day

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Ashley Sparks
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Beautiful and easy to hike with my one year old.

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Jeffrey Russo
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East and West trails are nice, falls are good, but lack of marking at either end makes it difficult to reconnect and make a loop....glad to have map overlay on gps.

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Lisa Rodriguez
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so beautiful

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Ben Hurtt
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Beautiful day trip. its 80% flat and definitely a nice walk in the woods. The lake is beautiful. The only downside is the trail ends at the road but the parking lot is a few hundred feet away.

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Li Sa
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best trail to relax and walk

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Christine Storrie
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Brought my dog and it was a great little hike for the both of us. Great views. The majority of the trail is along water, either the lake, stream or water falls so it kept cool.

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Katrina Davis
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great trail. Lots of spots for the pup to splash not busy at all.

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Kaitlyn Elyse
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This was a really nice trail for the most part. We started where the map said and walked around the lake. Very picturesque and my dog loved taking dips in the lake along the way. As we got to the far side of the lake to head back, the trail got close to a road and we could hear cars driving by. There was an area with a beach, which was closed, but people were picnicking and launching kayaks there. We ended up on the road for the last .10 mile. Not as secluded as I hoped in this part. When I go back, I’ll go the other way so we end up in the peaceful wooded part. Trails were well maintained with wooden walkways and bridges. Nice easy 1.5 hour hike with some stops to take pics.

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Teressa Gilroy
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great.

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K H
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Download the map before you go!! There's no cell signal and there are many alternate trails you can take. It's a beautiful trail though, the waterfalls are gorgeous. A little muddy but not bad. Many people out hiking.

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