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Papscanee Island Nature Preserve

adventures × May 17, 2014

This morning we went to the Papscanee Island Nature Preserve in Rensselaer. We started at the north entrance of the preserve, giving us a driving tour of the Port of Rensselaer’s oil yard. We didn’t think we were in the right place, until we noticed a trail head at the end of a dead end road.

Right away were were greeted by a giant puddle. We almost turned back, but we shimmied behind the kiosk and stayed dry.

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This is one of my favorite trails to date. The preserve has four trails, all relatively short. We started on the white trail, which meandered through a beautiful marsh, an open field, and then met up with the other trails into the woods.

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The preserve sits between a railroad and the Hudson River. There’s an old rail line that cuts through the marsh; it’s really quite beautiful. We were fortunate enough to catch an Amtrak passing by not once, but twice!

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Unfortunately, the trails are a little difficult to navigate as trail markers are few and far between. We accidentally ended up on a trail that the map specifically forbids people to go. Sorry, government.

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We saw lots of birds, in particular a giant red-headed wood pecker.

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