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Hike Christman's Sanctuary

  • Christman's Sanctuary

    Schoharie Turnpike, Duanesburg, NY (map)

    42.744614 -74.091309

  • The Nature Conservancy acquired the original 97 acres

    in 1970 from Lansing and Lucille Christman, son and daughter-in-law of William W. Christman. The site is a Registered National Historic Landmark listed by the New York State Historic Trust. Lands adjacent to the Christman Sanctuary are the focus of continued protection efforts by the Conservancy and local land trusts.

    A highlight of the Christman Sanctuary is the Bozenkill, with its 30-foot waterfall and numerous lesser cascades. Alternate layers of sandstone and shale are found in the large pool at the foot of the waterfall.

    There are two main trails and two side trails at the site. From the parking area, the blue trail follows a one-mile loop, with a short side trail leading to a memorial stone for Will Christman and his wife. Across the Bozenkill, and looping off the blue trail is the orange trail where a series of Will Christman’s plantations are found.

    Things To Do

    Will Christman devoted his lifetime to farming, nature writing, poetry and converting his farm to a nature sanctuary. As part of this latter project, he set out a 60-ace plantation of pine and other trees, found primarily on the east side of the brook. The preserve’s plantations include locust, cedar, spruce, red pine and white pine.

    Plan Your Visit

    This 120-acre preserve is located in Duanesburg, Schenectady County, NY.


    • Take Route 20 (Western Avenue) west from the Albany area.
    • Approximately 2 miles after the Schenectady County line, turn left on Schoharie Turnpike.
    • Cross railroad tracks in approximately 3 miles.
    • About 0.3 mile after the railroad crossing, park in designated are on your left.

    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 waterproof hiking boots
    • please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as rain gear, day pack.
    • camera and/or binoculars if you have them
    • Bring Microspikes or some type of traction device

    If you have trouble finding us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text. Look for my red Jeep Grand Cherokee!

    Parking is very limited at this site. We suggest folks meet and carpool if possible. Thanks!! See you outside!


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I have a conflict now. It's a beautiful place! Enjoy

    March 19, 2013

  • cricket g.

    Sorry...I need to cancel

    March 18, 2013

  • Bonnie B.

    Ooops forgot I'll be at the Jersey Shore this weekend. Enjoy.

    March 17, 2013

  • Dorothy

    it will be about 2 miles.... should be about 2.5 - 3 hours total with stops for lunch, taking pics and of course all this depends on the weather conditions.

    March 17, 2013

  • Laura P.

    Can somebody tell me how long the hike is in terms of miles and hours?

    March 17, 2013

  • Dorothy

    It's pretty easy, mostly a few rolling hills and some flat spots... we do cross the stream on a rock shelf and that may be icy, that is why you will need traction device for your hiking boots.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Easy, moderate, or advanced?

    February 27, 2013


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