Interpretive Hike at Dyken Pond Environmental Center

We will be doing an interpretive hike with Lisa Hoyt, Director of Dyken Pond.  We will be focusing on spring wild flowers and plants of the forest.  We will hike about 2-3 miles.  Dyken Pond is mostly rolling hills; but, it is rocky with very little elevation change.

We will meet at the parking lot.  If using a GPS, please know that sometimes it will take you to the Berlin side of Dyken Pond.  Use the Cropseyville side.  Take Route 2 to Blue Factory Road.  There are signs directing you to Dyken Pond.  All roads once you leave Route 2 are either county roads or dirt town roads.

Link to their webpage:

Dyken Pond is the principal headwaters of the Poesten Kill, and the largest lake on the Rensselaer Plateau. Its historic dam was built in 1902 by Manning Paper Company and regulated the stream flow powering machinery along the Poesten Kill to Troy.

Manning Paper Company donated its land holdings to Rensselaer County in 1973. Since that time, Rensselaer County has owned and operated this living watershed as an ecological teaching unit as well as a low-use recreation area. As of 2011, there are a total of 594 acres of property at Dyken Pond open to public access. Of this total, Rensselaer County owns 228 acres of land and 180 acres of surface water. The remaining 226 acres of property is conservation land, allowing public use through conservation easements and is used by the Center for trails and educational programs. Of this conservation land, 86 acres is in private ownership and 140 acres is owned by the Friends of the Dyken Pond Center. Tax liability is maintained on all conservation land. Rensselaer County also owns the Dyken Pond dam. The Center coordinates with the Rensselaer County Highway Department for maintenance of the dam. Rehabilitation of the dam using environmental bond act funds was completed in 2003.

Thirty-three ecological communities are found on the property, ranging from beech-maple forests to spruce-fir swamps and vernal pools. This variety offers visitors an exciting blend of places to explore and enjoy.

If you need to contact Dyken Pond Environmental Center the phone # is 658-2055.

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, nights are cool in Grafton
  • wear appropriate hiking footwear
  • headlamp or flashlight
  • please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as bug repellant
  • rain gear, day pack
  • camera and/or binoculars if you have them

If you have trouble finding us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text. There is good cell phone service in this area.  Look for my red Jeep Grand Cherokee!

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  • Rose B.

    Wonderful hike~ Thank you Dorothy for oranizing this! Loved it! Will be back!

    May 25, 2012

  • Rose B.

    Absolutely wonderful!

    May 25, 2012

  • Merill G.


    May 24, 2012

  • diana

    I will be going again to kayak the lake and hike the other trails. Loved the shamrocks. Found out today that I have some in my front yard! Lucky me! Lisa did a great job of showing us around and promoting the Center.

    May 24, 2012

  • Julie

    Had a wonderful time. I would go again

    May 24, 2012

  • Richard K.

    Beautiful sunny afternoon . Great hike .

    May 24, 2012

  • Karen and Bill T.

    Sorry for canceling out but they are calling for rain and we are not interested in rain gear for this walk. Will change RSVP in case some one won't mind the rain...

    May 23, 2012

  • Rose B.

    If it is raining, I'm not going. Last night they were calling for late afternoon rain! otherwise, I'm there!

    May 23, 2012

  • diana

    They have good directions on their website.

    May 20, 2012

  • Sharon

    It'll be great to see you and the gang on the trails again, Dorothy!

    May 18, 2012

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