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A nice local addition, but not a destination. It starts out by houses, but then you enter a large, open, surprisingly isolated “wilderness “. However, the old fields and wet meadows are monotypes of unattractive invasive plants like reed canary grass. The trails were surprisingly dry despite recent heavy rains, and there were no mosquitoes. But the trails are mostly mowed grass so if the grass is wet you need waterproof shoes. The hike is really just a walk. The stretch of creek is quite beautiful. The preserve needs a couple viewing platforms to make the creek more accessible. Overall, given the location, it would be worth the investment to make this a nicer preserve for Sunday afternoon walks. Hopefully that is in the plans.

birding
24 days ago

Nice view of the river. Easy hike with lots of information to read on the trails. Beware of a bear that’s been seen in the surrounding neighborhood

I had been hiking here before but never reviewed it. If you want to walk the biggest loop(2 miles,) follow the red trail in, pick up the blue, pick up the white, then rejoin with the red again. You can also do shorter loops with only the red or blue. The red trail heading into the other trails is essentially a little “farm road.” There are benches, it’s flat, it’s also unfortunately mostly in the hot sun. Then you get to the forest and sweet sweet shade. There are also pretty amazing views of marshland. There is a place to launch kayaks. There are wooden bridges and wooden seating. I saw a snake and a big turtle. The trails are well maintained and well marked with flares. Other than it being hot and buggy on the first stretch, this was a pleasure. Make sure and climb the observation tower!

This preserve is a collaboration with Greene Land Trust and Scenic Hudson. For a brand new trail(opened last month,) I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. First things first: getting there: google maps was way off on where this was far as when it was giving me directions. Snake Road veers off to the left of West Main as you’re heading to Jefferson Heights. Snake Road is aptly named because it is narrow and serpentine. You’ll see the trail sign and a parking area to the right. The first thing I noticed was when I started the trail, I could see houses and hear loud music and talking. Not a great start. It did finally recede. The trail in places was very overgrown with only a narrow track in the middle of waist high grass. Anyone in tick areas knows this isn’t great. Be careful with your footing here because I nearly stepped on a snake and a turtle. The red flares are placed frequently. The only confusing part was near the riverfront views. It seemed a trail went off to the left but no flares and private property signs so I guess not. The forest trails were wide and clear. This is a mile loop trail. So, okay, but I definitely think the grass trails could be better mown/maintained.

good place for birding

Nice easy walk

walking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Nice little walk, great area for picnics. Very easy with multiple little stops.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nice easy day hike. Good hike for dogs.

hiking
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

great beginners trail.

great easy hike for beginner's. can get very hot in the summer.

hiking
Sunday, June 24, 2012

A nice easy trail to break you in for a good summer of hiking. Also some interesting history and information laid out around the community colleges field campus there.

hiking
Saturday, March 24, 2012

I walked this trail wih my grandson today. Parts of it are rather steep but well groomed. Nice views of the Hudson River. There is also a field station for Columbia Greene CC and remnants of the foundation of the ice house that was once here. Saw a few birds, one woodpecker, and many coltsfoot flowers. - Brad

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2011

Relatively easy. A few steep grades. Beautiful views of the Hdson River.

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2011

This is a nice trail, good for all ages though a steep hill may be challenging for some.

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