Paul Smith’s College Heron Marsh Trail

Paul Smiths, New York 12970

Paul Smith’s College Heron Marsh Trail

Paul Smith’s College: Heron Marsh Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Trail Information

Paul Smiths
Nearby City
142 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Paul Smith’s College VIC, 8023 NY 30, Paul Smith’s 12970; (518) 327-6241;
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Dec 2018