Headed down to the 113 acre Hannacroix Creek Preserve, located at the Albany/ Greene County line along the west shore of the Hudson River on a somber, overcast day. Have hiked here several times in the past, but been a while so it was nice to pay it another visit. Was a bit surprised to be the only car in the lot when I arrived in the early afternoon, but the dreary, mid-week weather probably kept most folks away.
Got started on the Irving Trail, which climbs steadily uphill before then descending down to the Hannacroix Creek. There are two trail options to get down to the water, with one dropping steeply, while the other a bit more mellow, but either way will get you there. Once down near the creek, I checked out the historical remains of the 19th century Crowsel-Parson Paper Mill, which sit just off the trail.