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Schodack Island State Park Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Schodack, New York that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 55 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

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Recordings (79)
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Kristin Morris
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Hiking

Fun trail to bike. Pretty flat, alternates between sand and dirt. Mostly wooded, which was nice on a hot summer day. Lots of bunnies and birds. We followed the 5k trail but there are a lot of options and many little trail offshoots to go down towards the water or deeper in the woods. Kid friendly, pet friendly.

Michael OConnor
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HikingFee

Wide, flat, smooth, dry trail. Most of it is sand covered, with only a short area of low grass. Few bugs. Few views. Scant wildlife, except for bunnies. Lots and lots of bunnies. Tree canopy blocked out most of the 90-degree sun. No water crossing, except for one using a well-made bridge. Because this is a state park, there is usually a $6/car entry fee. If you plan ahead, it's worthwhile to bring a picnic lunch or use the park's facilities. Recommended that you start this loop where it begins behind the children's playground and not near the boat launch. Two reasons: If you start along the boat launch and follow the Hudson, you will very likely miss the turn that connects the Hudson side trail to the inlet side trail. You miss that, and you then take an additional 4-mile walk to the dead-end, before realizing you missed the turn. Better reason: it is easier to find the heron rookery, which makes the entire hike worthwhile. It is easily the best view and most interesting part of this hike. Go through the children's playground to the trail head. Follow for just over a mile to the Y-intersection. Take the left trail at the Y, proceed under the fallen tree that can make it look like you reached a dead-end, and you will be rewarded with a grand vista of the inlet and dozens of Herons. This spur ends at a Creek Blind, for watching the herons, eagles, egrets, and other birds, without disturbing them. If you took the right at the Y-intersection, it will continue you on the 4.7 mile loop.

Madeline Forman
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Easy walking - lots of sunshine! Go for a an hour or so just to relax.

Phoenix A.
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Hiking

This map shows a meld of all the trails; orange (river side - longest) is also access for Army Corps of Engineers on the farthest end of the island, so they make a point to keep it wide and even. Near the entry (between blue and red crossovers), are several primitive trails that go to the river's edge. Yellow (middle - 2nd longest), treks through the marshlands and over what I guess is one of the old roads from when the island was an ice harvest epicenter. Blue (loop, mapped as Soaring Eagle 5K) is a rather easy lap hike (5K is twice around) that winds between the other trails, closer to the main park area. Red (island width/connecting trails) mostly travels between orange and yellow, and offers a small picnic area near the creek side - grill included

Rose Pass
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Hiking

Easy trail to navigate, flat so perfect for walking and great bird watching. Not that exciting but still a nice trail.

Stephanie Vaughan
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Hiking

A mostly wooded walk, minimal views of the river on the actual trail but you can go down to the river after the walk for beautiful views!

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Scott Clementson
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Alysia Brunner
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Kerri Schnare
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Hiking

Went for a covoid 19 social distancing walk with my pups. Not the prettiest of trails, but super wide and clear. Muddy in spots but that should change soon. No bugs. Nice walk in great weather!

Michala Hendrick
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Julie Coryell
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Definitely easy, not moderate. Flat wide trails, basically a dirt road on the west (Hudson River) side. Some views of river with leaves down. East part of loop is a little more interesting. Be aware that hunting is allowed in park.

Nora D
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Hiking

I wanted to like this trail, but I agree with some of the other reviewers - I found it rather boring and kept expecting to get a view of the river. For a hike that’s right along the Hudson you sure don’t see it much. Maybe you get more glimpses of it when the leaves are down.

Jim Zack
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Hiking

Rather boring trail with minimal views of the Hudson and Muitzen Kill Rivers. Good puffball mushrooms though!

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Trisha G
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Hiking

The trails are well maintained and you will see some wildlife. There's not much to see (I was hoping for views of the Hudson), and the yellow loop markings are not as you might expect according to the trail map.

Ksenia Pachikov
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Hiking

You don’t actually see much of the river while walking.

Charles Alsdorf
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Hiking

Nice gentle walking trial, have to share with bikes but oh well. Will do the loop next time but ran out of time.

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Jevon Wood
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Hiking

very easy,but long walk. Good views and spots to stop and sit. Saw many different birds including herrings and eagles. Nice walk overall, good for kids, and there are shorter loops as well as a story trail.

VANDHANA CHARI
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Hiking

Beautiful and well maintained trails. Easy to follow

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Karen Warren
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Hiking

Great trails for dog walking. Many different paths to choose from but I would rate it an easy hike.

Ciara Palmo
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Nothing really spectacular about this flat wide walking trail. Good for running, but that’s about it. No real views and mosquitoes were out in force.

Jamie Borge
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Walking

Easy (not moderate), flat trail. Very wide. Lots of diversity among the trees/plant life, and learning opportunities for young and old alike. Saw a multitude of birds and butterflies....and stained our hands purple from picking black raspberries along the trail. A few water views, but mostly wooded. Plenty of parking, picnic tables, and facilities. Bring your gps....lots of geocaches too.

Erik Palm
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Good for cross country skiing and not for hiking, pretty much a dirt road

Patrick Mabb
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A great place to visit for all ages. Trails are flat and very well marked. The staff is very friendly and plenty of information to be had. There is allot of history history here. One of our favorite places to go.

Lori Tyler
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Walking

Naturalists will love this short hike. There is lots of tree and plant diversity as there is a complete mixture of native and non-native species present. It's a early to mid-successional forest through the center with marshland around the edges. The island was once three smaller islands that were joined by settlers in the early 1800's through dredging. As a result, the habitats and species diversity is incredible. This area is a migrant trap for warblers. The really tall cottonwoods create a great habitat. We also saw lots of toads and snakes, as well as a variety of snails. The biggest drawback was a lack of shoreline to access the river. The west side is very rocky and surrounded by an old retaining wall. We didn't visit the east shore of the island.

Tracy Hennige
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Running

I trail run here and it's great for easy trail running. Not really a hike in my book as it's mostly flat!

Rick Wezowicz
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Walking

Very flat walk along "4 wheeler" type roads ... not really trails as you would think of a trail. These are also x-country ski trails in the winter (and they would be excellent for that). Good nature ... high grass in some areas of the roads that aren't often used. Overall, it was pretty un-exciting ... if you want a place for just a general walk, this is a good place.

Heather Wadsworth
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Hiking

Lengthy. Not much to look at. Easy boring hike.

Hans W
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Hiking

These are EASY trails, not difficult as the app says. A few short, long, and very long loops through schodack island and all are very flat without much variation in scenery. Parking is free on weekdays and some weekends.

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