Indian Kill Preserve, Schenectady, New York

We have been looking for some short hikes to enjoy as a family, and found the Indian Kill Nature Preserve in Schenectady, New York.  The trails looked manageable for the kids, and the preserve is 100 acres, so there is still plenty to explore.

We started off on the trails, and at the end of the summer in early September, the trails ranged from grown in, to heavily traveled, to muddy.

Indian Kill Nature Preserve, Schenectady New York

The trails seemed well-marked, at least on the way into the preserve.  Later on the way out, we found ourselves going through the woods trying to find trails, and not finding trail markers.

Indian Kill Nature Preserve, Schenectady New York

Near the beginning of the trail is a small dam, which was originally used to impound water for the former Glenridge Hospital.

Indian Kill Nature Preserve, Schenectady New York

It was a little overcast that day, but the view over the water was very pretty, with some lingering wildflowers.

Indian Kill Nature Preserve, Schenectady New York

Indian Kill Nature Preserve, Schenectady New York

Indian Kill Nature Preserve, Schenectady New York

There are lots of areas to explore along the Indian Kill.  The water levels were low in the area, but the water was still flowing.

Indian Kill Nature Preserve, Schenectady New York

I liked the variety of trails, which meandered along the Indian Kill and through wooded areas.

Indian Kill Nature Preserve, Schenectady New York

Indian Kill Nature Preserve, Schenectady New York

We found a wooly bear caterpillar, a definite sign of Fall.

Indian Kill Nature Preserve, Schenectady New York

There were some muddy trails around the preserve, even though it was more of a dry time of year.

Indian Kill Nature Preserve, Schenectady New York

While mud is pretty common on trails, there were some downed trees on the trails, so I’m not sure how often this trail is maintained.

Indian Kill Nature Preserve

Indian Kill Nature Preserve Schenectady

Visit the Schenectady County website for info and trail maps.

By | 2018-10-29T12:15:33+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|hiking, Travel|6 Comments

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6 Comments

  1. Candy October 7, 2018 at 2:16 am - Reply

    We always enjoy going and visiting places like this and being out in nature. Have to watch this unmarked trails.

  2. Jamie H October 7, 2018 at 3:28 am - Reply

    My family loves hiking! It’s so nice to get out in nature and enjoy the scenery! Looks like it was a gorgeous hike, and a place that we would definitely consider going if we were ever in the area!

  3. Melissa Chapman October 7, 2018 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    I live in Staten Island so i would be willing to take the trip up to try out this hike with my kids. We always go to the same place on our greenb.elt hikes so we would like to change it up

  4. Catalina October 8, 2018 at 10:24 am - Reply

    These are such beautiful places! My family loves to descover new places, too. We love long walks in the nature where we can admire flowers and breath fresh air!

  5. Jeanine October 8, 2018 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Wow I love going for hikes and long walks. This looks like a new great place to discover and explore!

  6. Sara Welch October 8, 2018 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    The stories those woods could tell. I bet this was so much fun for the family!

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