New York

Moccasin Kill Sanctuary

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.

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 see our Visitation Guidelines and 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 hemock ravines and mixed hardwood forest, which includes several kinds of oak (chestnut, red and white) as well as hickories, maples and birches.

  • This 95-acre preserve is located in Rotterdam, Schenectady County, NY.

  • Take the Thruway West of Albany to Exit 26.
  • Follow Route 55 west for 1.2 miles.
  • Turn left on lower Gregg Road.
  • After passing several houses, take the second left to begin ascending the hill.
  • Almost immediately after Greg Road goes under the Thruway, bear right on Crawford Road and proceed for 1.2 miles.
  • A pull-off on the left is sufficient for two or three cars . Most visitors turn their cars and park facing downhill.

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