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:
If conditions warrant, this is a nice snowshoe trail.
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 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.