Our string of well above average temperatures comes to an end later tonight so I went west after work to get some hiking in. My first stop was Great Flats, a nature trail where woodland meets wetland near the interstate and also near the border of Rotterdam and Schenectady.
All of the trail is flat and easy walking, combined with fairly strong winds made it feel quite comfortable. This land was bought in the mid 1600's by Dutch settlers from the Iroquois Indians and farmed for nearly 200 years. This land was an excellent drainage area from the Mohawk and by the late 1800's was a significant water source for the city of Schenectady and the town of Rotterdam. Today it continues to supply water to the surrounding communities.
Hiked about 1.75 miles total at Great Flats before heading down the road a couple minutes to the Hudson Mohawk Bike Path at the Rice Road access lot. This is a nice access point because it provides a nice walk in either direction. I started east on my way towards Schenectady County Community College.
Hiked about 5 miles on the bike-hike path bringing my total for the day to a bit over 6.5 miles. My feet and legs were a bit more sore than usual because of the pavement.