Papscanee Island Nature Preserve - North Entrance

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Papscanee Island Nature Preserve - North Entrance is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castleton on Hudson, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2.4 miles
19 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


cross country skiing


horseback riding

nature trips

paddle sports


trail running



wild flowers


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.

4 months ago

Very flat walk; open trail used for off road vehicle traffic. Simple walk; fairly well groomed. When you get to the "storage shed" you can continue to the left (on the white trail to the south entrance) or right on the green trail down to the Husdon and a small picnic area with a loop.