Best wildlife trails in Schenectady, New York

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Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Schenectady with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of wildlife trails in Schenectady, New York
Top trails (10)
#1 - North Rim and South Rim Red Trail Loop
Plotter Kill Nature Preserve
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
Beautiful streams, step falls and 2 tall waterfalls. It may require going off trail to view the falls. Forest views. Great top rope ice climbing in January-Feb. Plotter Kill Preserve is a nature preserve near Rotterdam, NY. The Plotter Kill, a tributary of the Mohawk River, flows through a very rugged gorge. The forest here contains a mix of hardwoods and confiers. There are three beautiful waterfalls. The Upper Falls is 60 feet; the Lower Falls and the Rynex Creek Falls are both 40 feet. Start on the red trail near the kiosk. Take the side trail (blue) which will take you to lookouts over the Upper and Lower falls. Continue on the red trail which crosses the Kill on a foot bridge. You will pass by the Upper and Lower falls. The trail goes down a switchback taking you to the top of the falls on the Rynex creek. Cross the creek here. If you have ample time, you can follow the red trail to the end of the preserve near the Thruway. There is a cascading waterfall there.Show more
#2 - Sanders Preserve Trail
Schenectady, New York
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
Sanders Preserve is a loop trail located near Schenectady, New York that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.Show more
#3 - Great Flats Nature Trail
Schenectady, New York
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
Bring your binoculars and watch closely for birds, amphibians, and little animals as you circle this remarkable preserve. From the trailhead, a well-defined path is followed through woodland displaying a variety of plants and trees. The wooded area eventually gives way to wetlands and a small lake. Here the path becomes a boardwalk round the lake.Show more
#4 - Indian Meadows Park Loop Trail
Indian Meadows Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 38 m
#5 - Reist Sanctuary Yellow Trail Loop
H.G. Reist Wildlife Sanctuary
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 37 m
#6 - Mohawk River State Park Loop
Schenectady, New York
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h
NOTE: As of August 2020, hikers report that part of the trail is closed due to road work. Mohawk River State Park covers 107 acres in the vicinity of Lock 7 and has a boat launch as well as hiking trails. New York State purchased what was previously known as the Schenectady Museum Natural Preserve when making this park. The Mohawk Hudson Hike-Bike trail runs through park and serves as the starting point for a number of interconnected trails through the woods including the John F Brown Trail system which run through 100 acres of Niskayuna Town Land North of the park. Terrain is varied and runs through a number of ecosystems: mixed forests, overgrown fields, ravines. There are a few hills but the trails switchback so they aren't too steep. Most of the stream crossings have bridges. There are some older, informational signs and a number of newer markers providing some identification details for the trees they are on.Show more
#7 - Truax Trail
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve contains nearly 18 miles of official marked, multiple-use trails. Most trails are considered easy to moderate and vary from wide open sandy trails to narrow, grassy woodland passages. The topography is generally flat with gradual slopes up and down the natural sand dunes.Show more
#8 - Central Park Mountain Bike Trail Loop
Central Park
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Length: 3.5 mi
#9 - Kings Highway Barrens
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 32 m
#10 - Ashford Glen Preserve Trail
Ashford Glen Preserve
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 13 m
The property on Vly Creek, a tributary of the Mohawk River, is a beautiful 11.5 acre glen. The Glen contains a large variety of plants including the following variety of ferns: Christmas, Cinnamon, Interrupted, Lady, New York, Royal, Sensitive, and Wood.Show more