Paul Smith’s College Heron Marsh Trail

Paul Smiths, New York

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This oasis of native species, well- groomed trails, and pristine open space provides a rare and delightful hiking treat. A testament to sustainable land management and the eradication of invasive species, this trail shows us what New York must have looked like before Europeans arrived with their exotic plants, hitchhiking seeds, and inexplicable attachment to house sparrows. The Heron Marsh Trail wanders through one exquisite landscape after another, from hardwood and mixed conifer-hardwood forests to pristine wetlands, where pickerelweed and blue flag iris do not have to fight against purple loosestrife and Queen Anne’s lace for a foothold. You may see plants here that you’ve only read about in books, native species that once thrived in New York. Visit here more than once over a range of seasons, and see the forest floor and the expansive wetlands change and bloom with new colors and varieties.
Hiking through History New York

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Hiking through History New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

This oasis of native species, well- groomed trails, and pristine open space provides a rare and delightful hiking treat.

A testament to sustainable land management and the eradication of invasive species, this trail shows us what New York must have looked like before Europeans arrived with their exotic plants, hitchhiking seeds, and inexplicable attachment to house sparrows.

The Heron Marsh Trail wanders through one exquisite landscape after another, from hardwood and mixed conifer-hardwood forests to pristine wetlands, where pickerelweed and blue flag iris do not have to fight against purple loosestrife and Queen Anne’s lace for a foothold. You may see plants here that you’ve only read about in books, native species that once thrived in New York. Visit here more than once over a range of seasons, and see the forest floor and the expansive wetlands change and bloom with new colors and varieties.

© 2016 Randi Minetor /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Paul Smiths
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 142 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Paul Smith’s College VIC, 8023 NY 30, Paul Smith’s 12970; (518) 327-6241; adirondackvic.org
Local Maps: Available online at adirondackvic.org/TrailMap.html
Driving Directions: Directions to Paul Smith’s College: Heron Marsh Trail

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