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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hannacroix Creek Preserve

A sunny but brisk Tuesday afternoon was on tap as I headed out to the Hannacroix Creek Preserve, a New Baltimore Conervancy Property.  The property actually straddles the town line of Coeymans and New Baltimore.  The preserve follows the Hannacroix Creek to a waterfall, as well as featuring trails to old paper mills near the creek, a lookout trail, and a nature trail to the banks of the Hudson River.  There is much to see here.  Unfortunately the creek bed was nearly all dry.
 There are a series of three pretty waterfalls.  Due to the water running low, the falls were tame.

 Near the waterfall trail is a terrific hand built foot bridge by a local boy scout troop.
One of the connecting trails through the preserve is the Paper Mill Trail, which passes by the former sites of several 19th century paper mills.
 All that remains today are the old interior stone walls from the mills.

 The paper mill trail is 2 miles RT along an old woods road.
 Across Route 144 is a Hudson River Interpretive Trail.  A footbridge made up completely of recycled material crosses a tidal pond on the way to the river.
 Views up the Hudson River towards a private shorelien residence.
 Up river towards Coeymans.
 A small boat heading north.
 Just downriver from the small boat was a much bigger Barge.
 Returning on the trail I spotted a late blooming black eyed susan.

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