Wilson M Powell Wildlife Preserve Loop

EASY 11 reviews

Wilson M Powell Wildlife Preserve Loop is a 1.5 mile 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.

1.5 miles
223 feet

kid friendly




trail running




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.

6 months ago

Easy walk for families. Enjoyed it!

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

9 months ago

9 months ago

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

9 months ago


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Monday, February 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!

Friday, December 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

Monday, November 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.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wednesday, January 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.