• The Hannacroix Creek has a ravine where you can see some magnificent old trees and many kinds of wildflowers. There are some 100-year-old hemlocks along the creek. Other trees, most common in the area west of the creek, include beech, yellow birch, basswood, red oak, sugar maple and red pine. In the spring, visitors often find a brilliant display of wildflowers, including columbine, hepatica, Dutchman’s breeches and bloodroot. Crossing several small streams and winding through a variety of woodland habitats, the 2.5 mile long trail at Hannacroix Ravine Preserve has a few steep climbs. Allow 90 minutes to complete the circuit.
Link to Trailmap (http://stage.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/placesweprotect/easternnewyork/wherewework/eny-hannacroix-map.pdf)
From the Nature Conservancy's website:
When walking the preserves, be prepared with proper shoes, water, insect repellant and/or sunscreen. Bring binoculars to observe wildlife from a distance, proceed slowly, and most of all, enjoy the sights and sounds of your surroundings. To minimize disturbance to wild places, we do not maintain elaborate trail infrastructure or facilities at preserves. To reduce the impact of your visit and to ensure the continued protection of these areas, we ask that you please observe the following rules for your safety and well-being, as well as that of resident plants and wildlife.
• Please stay on trails; exploration of unmarked areas may disturb sensitive species & will increase exposure to ticks.
• No trapping or fishing; hunting is permitted on some preserves.No camping, littering or fires.No swimming in lakes or streams.
• Collecting plant or animal specimens is strictly prohibited. To inquire about research opportunities or to apply for a special collection permit, contact our chapter office.
• Please respect the property of adjacent landowners and stay on the preserve.
• To guard against Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness, tuck your pants into socks & wear light-colored clothes and check yourself for ticks.
• Per ADA guidelines, mobility devices are allowed on preserves.Your thoughtfulness and cooperation are appreciated and will help preserve the natural legacy of this region for future generations.
Your thoughtfulness and cooperation are appreciated and will help preserve the natural legacy of this region for future generations.
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 considerate and change your RSVP to NO if your plans change to allow someone else to attend.
Be dressed for the weather and dress in layers.
• We will walk rain or shine.
• Bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as sunscreen, rain gear, day pack.
Please feel free to text or call Karen's cell if you have any questions. 518-779-3158. This is a tight parking area so it's advisible to carpool if you can.