Cohotate Preserve

Catskill, New York 12414

Cohotate Preserve

Cohotate Preserve Professional Review and Guide

"Nine footbridges, 3000 feet of unobstructed Hudson River waterfront, a pond—what more could the kids ask for on a hike? Well, maybe a waterfall, but hey, nothing’s perfect. This is a very easy and enjoyable trail that is a great introduction to hiking for young children. The Cohotate Preserve covers only 52 acres, but it has enough variety in terrain to be fun for all.

Begin the hike at the information signboard at the east end of the parking area, where the red-blazed Tree Observation Trail begins as a broad gravel path leading northeast. Informative signposts along the way explain basic ecology concepts such as forest layering. Take a look at the forest around you. The vegetation is in distinct layers, starting with the ferns, grasses, and wildflowers on the forest floor, then moving up to the shrubs such as mountain laurel and small, thin trees such as alder and birch, then moving even higher to the tall, thick oak, maple, hickory, and other trees."

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"See the Hudson River up close—right at the water level—and explore 3,000 continuous feet of sand, marshes, and historic foundations at the river’s edge. This little fifty-two-acre preserve protects something you may not find anywhere else along the river: more than half a mile of unbroken reclaimed land right at the edge of the water.

A former site of commercial ice production, which thrived here before refrigerators became household appliances, this land now provides respite and nourishment for migrating birds as they follow the river’s natural course along the Atlantic Flyway."

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This is a very nice little preserve and educational/wonderful for kids. In addition to the trail map, you can take an interpretative guide on the trees in the preserve, which are clearly marked. It's very small - you can do the whole area in under an hour.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike; 2 hours
March to October
USGS Hudson North
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Oct 2018