Winifred Matthews Holt Preserve

You Folks are going to LOVE this one!  We will explore the miles of trails in the Mohawk Hudson’s Winifred Matthews Holt Preserve.  From the top of Copeland Hill the view are spectacular! So let’s hope for a crisp high pressure day so we have a clear view of the Catskills in the south, Helderbergs to the west and on the approach road a splendid vista of our fair city of Albany and its surrounds.  This is an easy walk in the woods on well-maintained loop trails.  I’d say we’ll be out for a couple two/three hours, the trails are such that we can make it as long or as short as we want.  A really nice walk through a mix of different environments. 

A little about the preserve; Winifred Matthews Holt Preserve is a 148-acre property on the western face of Copeland Hill in the Town of New Scotland. The preserve is visible from Route 32 and from neighboring hills. The preserve rises at the edge of the flat area known as Indian Fields. Dr. William Holt and Winifred Matthews Holt donated this hillside to the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy in 1994. The Preserve contains remnants of dwellings and it is believed that the land was once used as sheep pasture. Dr. Holt reforested open areas with 23,000 pine (red, Austrian, scotch, white), white spruce, Douglas fir and larch and he managed these plantations for wildlife habitat. To increase the land's value for wildlife, the Holts built the pond, which is probably fed by a spring.

This hike starts at 10:00 AM and we will meet at the upper trail head on Appleby Rd. 

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 or shine 
•Dress in layers 
•wear appropriate hiking footwear 
•please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as sunscreen, rain gear, day pack. 
•camera and/or binoculars if you have them

Directions:  From Albany take Route 32 south to Meads Corners, (Tavern on right)

·  Take a left onto Cedargrove Rd (County Route 301)

·  After 2.3 miles take a right onto Upper Copeland Hill Rd (CR 108)

·  After .9 miles take a right onto Appleby Rd, see sign for Holt Preserve on post (small)

·  Follow stone road for .8 miles to trail head.  Road bears left at pond; do not head straight to private residence. 

There is cell service at this location and you can call either Betsy @[masked] or Karen @[masked] if you are having problems.   I don’t have GPS coordinates as I don’t have a GPS and my smart phone only has an Associates Degree.  I Hope to see you there.  

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  • judy

    I'm so sorry. I was coming from the south and used my gps and am at the entrance to the preserve on apple by road now at 10 but there are no cars here. U may have used another entrance? I'll try another time!

    October 26, 2013

  • Mike

    Good hike and good group. Great views of mountains. Great weather. Talked with farmer and his 3 goats - not members of meetup groups. Thanks to Karen and Betsy.

    September 28, 2013

  • Marisol

    Great. Thanks Karen and Betsy.

    September 28, 2013

  • Esther


    September 28, 2013

  • Hedy A. L.

    Sorry I missed the hike!

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too late notice for me. I just saw that my name moved off the waiting list, but I've also made other plans.

    September 27, 2013

  • carol

    have made other plans before being moved off wait list-hope to do this one in the future!!

    September 27, 2013

  • Sharon

    Sorry...staying an extra day with the grandkids.

    September 27, 2013

  • Tina M.

    I won't be joining the hike, even though my name just came off the waiting list. I have since made other plans. Sorry to miss it though! Maybe another time.

    September 26, 2013

  • Karen

    Hi Folks! Saturday is panning out to be a terrific day weather wise. There is a huge waiting list for this hike so please update your RSVP if you are no longer able to make it. Thanks, c u on Sat!

    September 26, 2013

  • Anna T.

    My son has an audition that weekend, and we won't be told the date or time for another week or so, but if we can, we want to be at the hike. i just wait to be on the waiting list so that others sign up first~?

    My cellphone isn't even smart--forget the associates ;-) [dat what you did, dat was funny.]

    September 9, 2013

    • Karen

      Anna, I would ask that as soon as you know you won't be able to make it, you change your RSVP, otherwise keep yourself on the list. Glad you appreciate my humor!

      September 10, 2013

    • Anna T.

      yes'm. i always try to update things :-). i hope the audition is sunday, so we get to play :-). need nature therapy!

      September 11, 2013

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