With some beautiful summer weather this September, we decided to visit the Hannacroix Ravine, a Nature Conservancy Preserve. It is located in Clarksville, NY, off Cass Road, and we had no problems finding the preserve using the directions on the Nature Conservancy website and Google Maps. There are signs along the road and a small parking lot that holds two cars.
* Note that the Hannacroix Ravine is different from the Hannacroix Preserve in New Baltimore, NY.
We started off at the trailhead. There isn’t much of a kiosk at the beginning of the trail, so I recommend printing a copy of the trail map before you come or having a copy on your phone.
The trail meanders through woods; some evergreen and others with a mix of deciduous trees that were starting to turn beautiful autumn colors. Most of the trail is fairly flat – there isn’t much as far as elevation or intensity, which makes it good for kids.
There isn’t a whole lot to do as far as exploring until you come to the creek.
We had fun checking out the creek and wandering both up and downstream.
We found some fish, newts, crayfish, and more.
Once we had explored the creek for a while, we actually went back the way we came. If you continue on the trail, it will go in a loop and come out on the road (Cass Hill Road). While it is not a particularly busy road, you do have to walk along the road for a bit to get back to the trailhead parking lot. The full loop is approximately 2.5 miles.
Visit the Hannacroix Ravine website here.
Check out my other local hikes:
Christman Sanctuary, Duanesburg, NY
Landis Arboretum, Esperance, NY
Overlook Mountain, Catskills, NY (day trip)
Sanders Preserve, Town of Glenville, NY
Saratoga Spa State Park
Thacher Park Indian Ladder Trail, Voorheesville, NY
Wolf Creek Falls Preserve, Altamont/Knox, NY