Papscanee Island Nature Preserve Walk | Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area


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Papscanee Island Nature Preserve Walk


Papscanee Island Nature Preserve
Staats Island Road
Castleton, NY 12033

42.572645 -73.747412

County: Rensselaer
Region: Upper Hudson


  • September 5, 2024, 9:30AM


Event Type Walk/Hike Description Led by David Chinery from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, enjoy a 1-hour walk through the Papscanee Island Nature Preserve and discover the various species of plants and animals that make the 156-acre Preserve and Hudson River shoreline their home. Cottonwood trees, buckthorn shrub, and bittersweet vine reflect the history of the land farmed by the Mohican Indians for hundreds of years. The preserve also boasts a variety of habitats, including marsh, river bank, and floodplain. This riparian setting is a pristine example of nature reinventing itself. Over 30 acres of the preserve are still farmed today, giving the land the distinction of being under active agriculture (corn) longer than any other lands in the U.S. Over six miles of hiking trails offer public access to over 2 miles of Hudson River shoreline. From 9J, turn Right at Preserve South Entrance sign onto Staats Island Rd.; go .25 mi. cross Amtrak tracks, right into Preserve parking lot. Organization Hosting the Event Rensselaer County Legislature Phone Number 518-270-2888


Advance registration required.
Pre-registration not required but appreciated by 9/3/24: (518)270-2888.

Additional Information

Trails are relatively flat with some uneven surface and slight ascents/descents, exposed tree roots and limbs.

Event Duration (hours): 1
Difficulty: Moderate
Length (miles): 1
Boots Needed: No

Barrier Free or Wheelchar accessible? No
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