Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park, located off Broadway in Menands(just north of the city of Albany), is the site of the former Schuyler Homestead and is a National Historic Landmark. This 43 acre park is a nice change of pace to the urban settings around it. During colonial and revolutionary wars this land was used as encampments for soldiers moving either westward or northward, and before that Native Americans met and traded here. The Schuyler family lived on this land for many generations until the early 20th century(1692-1910).
After the connecting trail ends at 4th street in Watervliet, you follow a one lane road to the end, passing through a tunnel under the interstate and arrive at a trailhead for the Hudson Mohawk Bike Hike Trail. Following a couple weeks of very cold weather and heavy snow, the Hudson was completely frozen over and snow covered.
The 378 bridge between Troy and Menands can be seen downstream over the white blanket of snow that is the Hudson River.