Places We Protect

Moccasin Kill Sanctuary

New York

Two hikers walking upwards along a sloping trail.
Hikers in NY Hikers visit a New York preserve © Charles Gleberman Photography

An abundance of wildflowers awaits spring visitors.



PLEASE NOTE: Moccasin Kill Sanctuary is open during hunting season (Oct 1 - Dec 22). Written permission is required to hunt on Conservancy lands. To learn about our hunting program or to obtain permission to hunt, please visit our New York hunting information page.

The sanctuary’s brook, trees, mosses and ferns make this an attractive site to visit year-round. An abundance of wildflowers awaits spring visitors. The hill on which the preserve is located, together with another hill to the north, marked the eastern boundary of the lands controlled by the Mohawk Indians.

Before you visit, download a trail map.




95 acres

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From the trailhead, cross the footbridge and follow the red-blazed trail for about one-quarter mile where a trail junction splits off to a .6 mile blue-blazed trail and a slightly longer continuation of the red trail.

Caution: There are a few short, but steep climbs and ascents. Trails may be muddy in weather. There is a flourishing stand of poison ivy between the parking area and the bridge.

Before you visit, please download a trail map.

Of the many spring wildflowers growing along the trail, perhaps the most beautiful is pink trailing arbutus, which blooms in late April and early May. The trails pass through hemlock ravines and mixed hardwood forest, which includes several kinds of oak (chestnut, red and white) as well as hickories, maples and birches.

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