Papscanee Island Nature Preserve Loop is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Castleton on Hudson, New York that features a river 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
39 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


cross country skiing



nature trips



wild flowers



old growth

The preserve offers over 6 miles of hiking trails, three picnic areas, two educational kiosks, and a number of informational signs. It has as its central theme a tribute to the Mohican tribe, the native peoples who lived, hunted, and cultivated these lands. Walking the trails, visitors can learn what Native Americans used plants, bark, and roots for and they can read how the Mohicans lived and thrived. Other interpretive signs teach about the value of the estuary and wetlands. Park benches are placed strategically throughout the preserve so visitors can rest and perhaps hear or see several of the hundreds of animals that call the preserve home. In the winter, by entering the preserve through the north entrance just south of the City of Rensselaer, visitors can enjoy winter hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. In the summer, car-top boat owners can access the Hudson River by carrying their craft merely 500 feet from the parking lot off Staats Island Road to the first picnic area along the southern boundary of the preserve.

2 months ago

the trail was just a farm track through fields. there were no signs and the path that goes to the river was too overgrown to walk on. very disappointed!

5 months ago

Simple walk in the tidal marsh woods to the Hudson and then looped back. While the trails are marked, it seems that someone stole the blue and yellow markers off the trail "signage" where the yellow shortcut trail branches off to the left from the white trail (x-country skiing) and from it's ending at the blue trail. Overall this is very easy; my wife and I did it in the light rain. Great fishing location as well.

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