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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Levine Preserve(Providence, Saratoga County)

Visited the Levine Preserve after work Thursday, a Saratoga PLAN property located in the town of Providence, just south of the Adirondack blue line.  Parking is located along the shoulder of Center Line Road beside an informational kiosk.  The trail heads south through the quiet woods along Tabor Road, an old road that is now a foot trail.
 At 177 acres, the preserve is quite a large tract of land, lined with stone walls throughout.
I followed the Tabor Road trail through the center of the preserve to a side, yellow marked trail that leaves to the right. This yellow trail is less than a .2 of a mile loop and leads to a very old foundation.
The old foundation is quite fascinating, and you can wander around it freely, imagining what this homestead must have been like back in the 19th century.
Just beyond the old foundation is a beautiful fern glade.
The yellow trail must have been a small entrance road to the old homestead, as it is framed in by stone walls and hardwoods.
Once back on the Tabor Road trail, I quickly arrived at babbling Joby Creek, a small stream that eventually runs into larger Cadman Creek a bit downstream.
Joby Creek.
After crossing Joby Creek, I turned left onto the half mile East Green Trail.  This trail heads east then south, eventually meeting up with Cadman Creek.  Where the East Green Trail meets up with Tabor Road, there are a pair of benches for resting and taking in the sounds of the rushing creek.
A very wet spring means that Cadman Creek is running high and fast.
The West Green Loop Trail closely follows the banks of Cadman Creek before eventually turning north and climbing up and away from the water.
The West Green Trail heads west then northwest, crossing back over Joby Creek on a small footbridge before meeting up with the West Orange Loop Trail.
I followed the .85 mile West Orange Loop Trail back north all the way towards the trail head near Center Line Road.  Hiked about 2.2 miles total at this beautiful preserve.

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