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."