Let's hope that in February we will have lots of snow.... and we can snowshoe, but if not; we will hike!
The trails meander through the 714-acre protected public lands of Greenport Conservation Area. The trail features open field, deciduous forests and dense cedar groves, as well as magnificent views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains.
Just one mile north of the City of Hudson in Columbia County, the Greenport Conservation Area protects the North Bay tidal estuary, a highly productive ecosystem that provides habitat for fish, birds, and rare plants. Located on the shores of the Hudson River, the preserve is part of OSI’s ongoing effort to protect river viewsheds and enhance public access to a newly restored and revived river.
OSI established the preserve in 1992 and sought the assistance of the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC), which now manages the preserve. From the bluffs of the Greenport Conservation Area, visitors can look out over the Hudson River, with the Catskill Mountains to the west and gentle sloping woodlands to the east. Four miles of trails provide access to maple and cedar forests and lush meadows.
OSI’s work on the Hudson River begins at the headwaters in the Adirondacks, recently protected by OSI through the acquisition of the Tahawus Tract and continues as far south as the Croton waterfront in Westchester County.
From the North: Take Route 9 to Greenport, NY. Veer right onto Joslen Blvd., and follow straight for 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Daisy Hill Road at the sign for the Conservation Area. Continue on Daisy Hill Road until it ends. You will see a parking area and information kiosk.
From the South:Take Route 9 to Greenport, NY. Pass Healy Blvd. Turn left at the second light onto Joslen Blvd., and proceed for 0.9 miles. Turn left onto Daisy Hill Road at the sign for the Conservation Area. Continue on Daisy Hill Road until it ends. You will see a parking area and information kiosk.
Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)
•please be dressed for the weather, we will go rain/snow or shine
•Dress in layers
•wear appropriate hiking/snowshoeing footwear
•please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as sunscreen (yes, even in the winter), rain gear, day pack.
•camera and/or binoculars if you have them
If you have any trouble finding us, Dorothy's cell is[masked], feel free to call or text during the meetup times, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Look for my Red Jeep Grand Cherokee!