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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Longview Park(Hudson Valley)

A cool but sunny Saturday morning allowed me to visit the new Longview Park, managed by the New Baltimore Conservancy in the town of New Baltimore.  The 76+ acre property is owned by Scenic Hudson Land Trust and was opened at the end of September on the site of the former Armstrong Farm.  It provides trail access through open farmland and an old quarry as well as the Hudson River.  The parking lot is located just off River Road at a large red barn with a kiosk.
 The wide mowed trail drops down past a small outbuilding and crosses open fields to the east.
 Walking through the open fields, where the brisk November winds were certainly felt.
 After about .25 of a mile you arrive at an access road.  A left bring you back up to River Road, but you hook a right to head down towards the river.
 The rough road eventually drops off steeply down to water through very quiet woods.
 The site of the former Bronk Quarry from the late 19th century can be found at the north end of the parcel.
 Just past the old quarry, there is access down to the Hudson River.  A view here to the south.
A view to the north from the rocky shores.
 Looking directly across the open waters of the Hudson to the east.  Notice the old wooden pilings along the shore.
 A look downstream.
 A small pond near the trail's terminus.
 From the trail's end in a large clearing there are pleasant river views from above.  Here is a look across the river at the very southern tip of Schodack Island and beyond into Rensselaer County.
While not a long hike, this new preserve makes for a pleasant walk especially if pressed for time.

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