Overall, I hiked roughly 2 miles today and only fell on the ice once, so I would consider it a successful day. Unfortunately, this nice park has an in season fee so I probably won't be back once the weather warms up. But it is a nice, local place to get out and explore nonetheless.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Decided to head out to Guilderland to visit Tawasentha Park off of Route 146, in hopes of burning off some of those extra holiday calories. Tawasentha means "the place of many dead" and lies along the banks of the Normans Kill Creek. Many Indians were buried here, as skulls and bones have been dug up through the years as evidence. This was also a significant spot for American history as the Battle of Normans Kill, which took place five weeks prior to the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, was the only Revolutionary War battle to take place in Albany County. For many years, it operated as a Dairy Farm before becoming a town property allowing access to all. Today the 192.5 acre park is a great place to get out and hike, bike, swim or play ball. On this day, I parked at the Winter Recreation Area, which offers several small loop trails as well as a connector trail over the Normans Kill to the main park trails.