Hike Schodack Island State Park

We will be hiking the perimeter trail of Schodack Island State Park which is a total of about 5 miles. There are a few bail out points so don't worry if it seems daunting. The trail is flat with very little incline.  There is a connector trail that leads down to the Schodack Creek Observation Point where we may see the Birds and Raptors that frequent the area.  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.   

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.

Link to the trail map:

http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/SchodackIslandSchodackIslandWinterMap.pdf

If conditions warrant, this is a nice snowshoe trail.

Link for directions:

http://nysparks.com/parks/146/getting-there.aspx

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

We will meet in the bus and trailer parking section of the day use area.  There are restrooms in this area.  There is no fee to use the park at this time of year. 

If you need to contact me, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text. Look for my white Jeep Patriot!

I hope you can join us for this outing.

 

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  • James I.

    Nice hiking with everyone. Thanks to LL Bean and our hike leaders.
    Happy holidays

    2 · December 14, 2013

  • Esther

    Outstanding

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • Rachel

    Great morning to get out for a nice long walk. Thank you Karen and Betsy.

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • Bonnie B.

    Omg, I'm so sorry I didn't make the hike today. I got wrapped up in cooking for a party tonight and lost track of time.

    December 14, 2013

  • Mike

    Just noticed i was moved off the waiting list and added to the hike. Will not be making the hike today

    December 14, 2013

  • Ken

    I'm not going to make it today. Have a great hike, see you on the next one.

    December 14, 2013

  • julie

    Just noticed i was moved off the waiting list and added to the hike. Will not be making the hike today

    December 14, 2013

  • Hedy A. L.

    They mention snowshoes!
    Leaders -hike still on?

    December 13, 2013

    • Betsy

      yes, Hedy the hike is still on Betsy

      December 13, 2013

  • Heidi

    Will we need any other footwear besides hiking boots? Microspikes, snowshoes?

    December 13, 2013

    • Karen

      We won't need snowshoes but spikes are a good idea if u have them . It always pays to be prepared at this time of year!

      December 13, 2013

    • Heidi

      Thanks Karen. I have micro spikes.

      December 13, 2013

  • Eva P.

    Wish I could go. I have class that day

    December 7, 2013

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