Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve II

Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve II

It’s interesting how different a place can be in a years time… or less.

Becky and Andrew were visiting Nathan and I for a weekend in October, and we decided to go for a short hike nearby. I’m not sure who made the decision, but we ended up going to Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve. I hadn’t been back since Nathan and mine’s initial visit back in December 2014.

We parked at the same entrance on Pierce Rd.

Right away I was pleasantly surprised to see a map! It’s a color version of the map I posted a link to in my original blog post about Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve.

Apparently, it was an Eagle Scout Project carried out in 2015 and this project meant something else… the trails were marked!

Different colored blazes with directional arrows… red (Fishing Trail), orange (Long Kill Loop Trail), and green (Spur Trails to Dwaas Kill)!

We walked along and saw a red blaze to the left, right before we reached Long Kill, but the path was seriously overgrown and I could not be talked into going that direction. I’m almost certain that we covered the same trails as Nathan and I did the first time.

We kept ending up at the railroad… but then we discovered a trail that ran along the Long Kill. It was nice to discover a different path, although I was hesitant. Probably rightly so, considering the path along the river was an orange blaze trail I felt was too overgrown to walk along in the beginning of the hike.

I’m not sure if it was just because the trees still had leaves on them that we didn’t see any old abandoned cars, or if it was because someone removed them.

I don’t know how far we hiked but it was moderately easy. I really only recall the one steep hill… It’s a hill that calls you to climb it though. To see what’s at the top, or to be more precise… what’s on the other side.

I still haven’t made it to the Dwaas Kill. I know though now to find the river, I need to follow the Fishing Trail or the green blazed trails… the orange blazed trails will never take me there.

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October 10, 2015 – Clifton Park, NY