*Be prepared for muddy conditions and raging waters (streams & waterfalls). As the snow melts, the ground becomes saturated and dirt trails get muddy. Please protect the trails by walking through the mud and not around it. Walking off the trail can damage vegetation, and widen the trail. Wear water proof boots and bring an extra pair of socks.
Dean Farm Heritage Trail
The Dean Farm Heritage Trail is ideal for the hiker searching for an easy walk that could turn into a tougher climb. Located in the sleepy town of Stony Creek, the Dean Farm Heritage Trail is a system of 13 trails and 3.6-miles including handicapped-accessible paths and more traditional hiking trails. Many of the trails are wide, level crushed-stone and boardwalk pathways that are simple to navigate. Some hiking trails have traditional dirt surfaces. Educational signage posted along the trail describes the forests and wetlands the trail winds through. Benches and picnic tables are positioned throughout the trail system so those who need to rest can do so, often while enjoying a gorgeous view. Families and anyone with impaired mobility will love these trails as a way to take advantage of the Adirondacks. Trail difficulty ranges from easy to challenging.
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Warren County Nature Trail & Nordic Ski System
The Warren County Nature Trails are the perfect way to explore the Hudson River. These trails on the banks of the Hudson in Warrensburg are mostly easy and flat with a few short hills thrown into the mix. The blue trail, a simple loop path, brings hikers down to the Hudson River, which should be high in the spring due to snowmelt. The more difficult yellow and red trails branch off from the blue trail, taking hikers to the top of several small hills, deep into valleys, and back up again. This trail system also has a free public boat launch for those who want to kayak or canoe. Dogs love to explore these trails as much as humans, so don’t forget to bring your four-legged friends.
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The Meadowbrook Preserve is a great trail for the naturalist in your life. This system includes 44-acres and 1.75-miles of flat and easy walking trails through a forest and meadow. Halfway Brook streams through the backside of the preserve and a miniature dock allows visitors to dip their feet into the water. Twelve educational signs along the trails, as well as smaller signs posted on individual trees, discuss the plant and animal species found throughout the preserve. If you’re lucky you may see a turtle in Halfway Brook! This is another preserve that dogs love just as much as humans. This trail system in Queensbury kept clean and beautiful thanks to the Queensbury Recreation Department.
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Hovey Pond Park
Hovey Pond Park is a relaxing spot to exercise and catch some rays. This short path around Hovey Pond, a small body of water sitting in a 10-acre park in Glens Falls, is a simple stroll. Three laps walked around the pond makes for a mile, so this is a great place for nature-lovers to knock out their daily exercise. One of the highlights of Hovey Pond Park is the beautiful floral garden, which is kept looking delightful by the Friends of Hovey Park. If you’re an angler, don’t forget to bring your fishing pole and try to reel something in! The park also includes educational signage, restrooms, picnic tables, and a play area for the kids. If you bring your dog, please make sure it’s leashed.
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Palmer Pond Trail
Hiking around Palmer Pond is a wonderful way to start the Chester Challenge. This DEC trail located in Chestertown is one of the eight trails that make up the Chester Challenge hiking challenge. The trails at Palmer Pond are rolling, wide open ups-and-downs, making for easy walking. The path around Palmer Pond is about 1.5-miles, taking hikers through a forest to breathtaking views of the pond. Scenic vistas and maybe even some Adirondack wildlife pop up throughout the hike at the end of spur trails along the main path. Palmer Pond itself is a 31-acre cold water fishery, with both native trout and stocked trout. If you like to fish make sure to pack your pole!
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