It is nice to get outside and explore outdoors, and I was looking forward to checking out the new Vosburgh Trails hiking system in Guilderland, NY.
From the Town of Guilderland website,
“Vosburgh Trails is the new hiking system that traverses 124 acres of Town-owned open space. The trails provide an easy loop (2.1 miles) through grasslands with a shortcut to a vista view. The loop trail also connects to a spur which continues along a wooded crest to the Watervliet Reservoir and popular pedestrian bridge over the Normanskill Creek. A roundtrip from Vosburgh Road trailhead to the Reservoir is about 3 miles. Trailheads are located on Vosburgh Drive, at the end of the sidewalk on Millingstone Way, and at French’s Mill Road.”
You can download a brochure or interactive map on the Guilderland Town website here.
There are a couple different access points for this road, and we parked at the Vosburgh Road Trailhead (on the right hand side of the image above). You can also look up Vosburgh road on Google as “Vosburgh Road, Altamont, NY”. The road is fairly short and you can easily spot the barn and sign on your right side.
The trailhead is clearly marked with a kiosk and information.
The trails are clearly marked with color-coded trail markers, and we had no problem navigating around the trail system. According to the Guilderland Town website:
~ The Red Trail is a 1.05 mile easy to moderate loop trail over grasslands with a shortcut to the top of a vista with views of the open space, stream bed, and Tawasentha Park.
~ The Yellow Trail is a 0.31 mile connector trail that links the Red and Blue Trails.
~ The Blue Trail is a 0.94 mile moderate to difficult loop trail along the crest overlooking the Normans Kill
The red and yellow trails are pretty easy, as they are wide and flat, meandering around fields.
The blue trail was a little harder, with some hills and inclines. Being that we did this hike in winter, there were some icy slopes we struggled with. However, it wasn’t particularly difficult, and my knees held up well even though I tend to have issues with my knees when I hike.
We always do a tick check after we go hiking, even in the winter.
Check out the Guilderland Town website here for trail info.
Check out the other local trails we have hiked:
Albany Pine Bush, NY
Bozenkill Preserve, Altamont, NY (review coming soon)
Christman Sanctuary, Duanesburg, NY
Hannacroix Ravine Preserve, Voorheesville, NY
Hyuck Preserve, Rensselaerville, NY
Indian Kill Preserve, Schenectady, NY
Landis Arboretum, Esperance, NY
Limestone Rise Preserve, NY
Moccasin Kill Sanctuary, Schenectady, NY
Thacher Park Indian Ladder Trail, Voorheesville, NY
Vosburgh Trails, Guilderland, NY
Wolf Creek Falls Preserve, Altamont/Knox, NY
Woodlawn Nature Preserve, Schenectady, NY