Rescheduled from February 9... We will be hiking / snowshoeing or even cross country skiing the entire perimeter trail of Schodack Island State Park which is a total of about 5 miles. Conditions will dictate what we do. The trail is flat with very little incline. There is a connector trail that leads down to the Schodack Creek Observation Point Bring your binoculars and if you would like to bring a lunch we can stop there to eat and bird watch. There is a picnic table at the point. There are many small birds that inhabit the area.
Schodack Island State Park sits off the eastern shore of the Hudson River just south of Albany. Approximately seven miles of Hudson River and Schodack Creek shoreline bound the 1,052-acre site. A day-use facility, the park has been designated a State Estuary, and a portion of the park shelters a Bird Conservation Area (BCA) that is home to bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons that nest in the cottonwood trees. Eight miles of multi-use trails wind through a variety of ecological communities.
If there is snow... bring your snowshoes or cross country skiis. Depending on the snow cover microspikes will work also.
Link to the trail map:
Link for directions:
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 snow or shine
- Dress in layers
- wear appropriate hiking/snowshoeing footwear
- microspikes are recommended if there is no snow but frozen ground.... there will be places that are icy
- 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
We will meet in the bus and trailer parking section of the day use area. There are restrooms in this area.
Please be considerate of your fellow outing members, please change you RSVP to No if your plans change to allow others to attend.
If you need to contact us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text. Look for my red Jeep Grand Cherokee!
I hope you can join us for this outing.