Wilson M Powell Wildlife Preserve Loop

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Old Chatham, New York

Wilson M Powell Wildlife Preserve Loop is a 2.4 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Old Chatham, 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.

Distance: 2.4 km Elevation Gain: 57 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly




bird watching




wild flowers


no dogs

The preserve, protected by the Columbia County Land Conservancy, is owned by Alan Devoe Bird Club and provides a great deal of natural diversity in approximately 145 acres including a stream, a marshy area, glades and Reilly Pond. The Sanctuary provides habitat for Barred Owls, Common Ravens, Veery, Louisiana Waterthrushes and many other song birds. There is a small marshy pond and fern-caparisoned stream valley, and the cliff face itself holds treasures of ferns and lichens not found elsewhere in the Sanctuary. Dorsons Rock, overlooking the magnificent Hudson Valley offers opportunities for hawk watching and unusual flora. Do take a short hike up to Dorsons Rock for panoramic views across the Hudson Valley to the distant Catskill Mountains, scanning the sky for Red-shouldered, Red-tailed and Broad-winged Hawks.

1 month ago

Nice hike and nice piece of property.

2 months ago

I loved this trail, a favorite one around! Easy to walk, beautiful to see. For me it was short, however, there were plenty of different trails.

Good views at Dorsons view!

10 months ago

This is a pleasant and easy walk through the woods. Don’t miss taking the short detour to Dorman’s (sp?) Rock, which offers a beautiful vista amid grassy rocks and pine trees. It was truly the highlight of the walk.

Mon Apr 09 2018

Very peaceful walk through the woods. Not difficult at all, more of a walking trail, but still one of my favorite trails to come to around here. Very well marked and white trail has a little look out spot

Wed Feb 21 2018

Nice hike in the middle of February 75degrees this afternoon!!!!

Sun Nov 12 2017

Very nice hike

Fri Jul 28 2017

Great hike ... I did Dobson's Rock, the whole White Trail, and the whole Red Trail ... took about 45 minutes for all the loops. This was a perfect trail, good uphills, good downhills, stream crossings, woods, pine stands, a couple bridges, rocks; a little buggy, but not horrible. I will definitely come here again, and bring the kids. Dobson's Rock was an amazing view; perfect place for a picnic.

Mon Jul 10 2017

Beautiful view and great for a nice quick hike!

Fri Oct 21 2016

Easy walk for families. Enjoyed it!

Nice walk with a great view. Different options for trails if you want s longer route.

Fri Jul 22 2016

Good walk, not strenuous. The view from Dorsons Rock is great! There are several routes also.

Wed Jul 06 2016


Mon Feb 29 2016

This was a nice trail that was mild to moderate in its difficulty level. There was a nice gradual incline on the main trail. We ended by going to a look-out over some big rocks to see beautiful views of the Catskill mountains. There were other trails we didn't get to explore because we had kids with us and our dogs. We didn't know about the no dog rule until we got there and it was too late, so we took them with us, which ended up being fine. I would definitely like to go back and explore a little more!

Fri Dec 25 2015

Lovely terrain with carpet like paths. A great way to spend a fall or winter day. It was a warm late December day, but unfortunately there was not much wildlife in spite of the higher than normal temperatures

Mon Nov 30 2015

My dog Walter and I enjoyed this trail very much. it was well marked, the surroundings were peaceful and it was fairly easy with only a couple small climbs. would go again.

Wed Jan 08 2014

Really enjoyed this trail system - the fall colors were fantastic, lots of wildlife to see and such great views for only a little climbing. A very well kept preserve.

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