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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Newtonville Park and Environmental Center(Loudonville)

Our second stop for the day was Newtonville Park and Environmental Center, which is located right behind Colonie Town Hall off of Route 9 and almost directly across the street from Siena College.  From the back parking lot is a kiosk and trail head.
 Immediately beyond the kiosk is a small, but picturesque pond, where a path follows along the shoreline.
 Only a few yards up the hill above the pond is a gazebo and Christmas Tree.
 Continuing past the gazebo, the path winds through a park like area, complete with picnic tables.
 We followed the Nature Trail counter clockwise, passing by several backyards.  There is a main loop trail as well as lowland and upland shortcuts, with minimal elevation change the entire way.
 Skies began clearing out as the day wore on.
 The Nature Trail completes its loop by emerging at a water tower and access road, where a nice view of the pond and gazebo awaits you.
Completed a short half mile walk and made a perfect place to get out and stretch our legs.

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