We have been visiting many of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy preserves, and decided to check out Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary after it was recommended to us.
The preserve is easy to get to using Google Maps.
There is plenty of parking at the preserve (a big bonus when it seems like everyone is out hiking these days). My tip during pandemic times: always have a backup hike idea nearby.
There was a trail map posted at the trailhead kiosk, as well as one online. I didn’t see distance markers on the maps, but was able to find some information on AllTrails. The trailhead also notes that the trails are under construction. You can find the printable map at the MHLC website here.
We started our hike on the white trail, which is the outer, larger trail loop, which is supposedly about 1.9 miles (according to AllTrails).
The trails are very well marked, with plenty of trail markers along the way. The trail is easy to follow as well.
The trail meanders through a deciduous forest. It was mostly flat, and an easy trail. We did the longest loop, but you could make this a shorter hike by cutting over on a different trail.
We saw quite a few wildflowers here, which is not always the case on other trails in the area as I think we often go to higher elevations and habitats where flowers are not as abundant.
There are some interesting rock formations here.
There is a sinkhole as well as an old stone quarry. (The sign should read “Brooklyn Bridge”).
We saw lots of red Columbine flowers at the quarry and along the trails.
After completing the white trail loop, we headed back across the road to the blue trail, which goes to the Onesquethaw Creek.
The creek is very scenic, although there were two big tires in the creek right where we got to the bottom.
There are a couple places to explore along the creek. We always enjoy flipping rocks and looking for critters. There were newts, snails, frogs, and plenty of other critters.
There is also a pond on the property.
These were some of my favorite flowers, which we saw by the pond (although unfortunately, Spanish Bluebells are considered an invasive species).
We enjoyed our time at the Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary, exploring different trails and features. There was some poison ivy along the trail, so be careful of that especially if you have kids, and always be sure to do a tick check. The trail was dry when we went, but there were some bugs, so you may also want to bring a bug net or some bug repellant.
Check out the Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary at
Check out the list of other trails we have hiked in the Capital Region here.
I love taking hikes and seeing nature at its finest. It can be a little tricky in Florida with all the creatures around.
Beautiful trail. Pretty flowers and fresh air!
This looks like a magical spot! I know my daughter would want to go here for a photo shoot.
Another beautiful look at New York! You make me want to go there so bad. Thanks for sharing these with us!
This is so awesome and I love love love hiking! I m trying to find some parks here on Long Island that are open but the one I wanted to visit and hike around was Camp Hero near Montauk but right now it is closed. Maybe we will have to make it a road trip and go here instead….gorgeous!
What a beautiful sanctuary indeed! The red Columbine flowers and Spanish Bluebells look so pretty. We have similar looking bluebells here in the UK as well.
This looks like a beautiful place to visit. I would love to check this out.
This is such a beautiful place! I love all of your captures. I could get lost in the beauty!
This is exactly the type of place our family would enjoy. I’m hoping we can find something similar locally.
I love the pictures! I’ve never been to New York but if I ever visit, that sanctuary will definitely be on my to-visit list.
Lot of greeneries, very soothing to my tired eyes. I love the wildflowers too😊
This is a oool place to visit. I love the green and the scenery.
Such a beautiful place! The yellow flowers are so cute,they looked like sunflowers.
This looks like an amazing place to explore and hike through. So many different wildflowers to find
wow! What a beautiful place! My husband will love it!
It looks like a beautiful area to visit! Finding critters is always so much fun.
What a beautiful sanctuary! Seems like you had a great time there
That looks like such an awesome place to visit. I love the pictures you shared too!
I like these kind of nature trails. Getting out in nature is so good for your wellbeing and mental health. It looks like a beautiful place.
This is a dream trek for me! The Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary looks like such a wonderful, full of nature place to visit. I loved the journey and all those flowers! So excited.
I feel relaxed just from looking at the photos and reading. What a wonderful place to explore
That park looks peaceful. There is something calming about having nature walks.
This looks so nice. We love spending time outdoors so this is right up our street for sure x
Hiking is forest is always the best experience and this trip looks really lovely, nature at its best.
Beautiful location! I love seeing areas that are still natural and beautiful!
I love being in nature to escape the stress of life these days! Whenever I’m in the area I’ll be sure to check this place out and walk the trails ; )
That’s such a beautiful area. We live in the city, so we are always eager to get out and enjoy nature whenever we can. We love city life, but it’s nice to get back to nature.
What a beautiful place to be hiking. I would love to go there!
This looks like such a lovely place for Hikking in the forest
What a nice little escape from reality!
what a serene location to visit. a true sanctuary. i love the way to the pond sign 🙂
I love hikes because they are pretty serene and peaceful and it feels like I’ve escaped from reality..
This is the first time I heard of Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary. It seems like a pretty place to visit. Love the flora and fauna!
Aaaahhhhhh…this can be a nice trail to follow through.
This is a beautiful walk trail experience. I love what I could discover along the way.
This Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary does look so nice, and I adore all those wild flowers and mosses and rocks and the water. A fun place to hike!
Wow what a trail. It look like it would be a peaceful hike!