Lewis A Swyer Preserve

Ravena, New York

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In the mood for something exotic? This boardwalk ramble takes you to a freshwater marsh and swamp that surround you with tall vegetation. You may live in the Hudson River Valley your entire life without coming upon Mill Creek, a quiet tributary that penetrates the river’s eastern bank near Stuyvesant Landing. Here at the edge of the Hudson, Mill Creek enjoys the ebb and flow of the tide—yes, the Atlantic Ocean’s tide some 150 miles south. Salt water does not find its way this far upriver, however, so Mill Creek and its surroundings have formed a freshwater marsh and swamp, a place where water flows in and out, covering the submerged land with nutrients that nurture a distinctive and verdant ecosystem.

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"In the mood for something exotic? This boardwalk ramble takes you to a freshwater marsh and swamp that surround you with tall vegetation. You may live in the Hudson River Valley your entire life without coming upon Mill Creek, a quiet tributary that penetrates the river’s eastern bank near Stuyvesant Landing. Here at the edge of the Hudson, Mill Creek enjoys the ebb and flow of the tide—yes, the Atlantic Ocean’s tide some 150 miles south. Salt water does not find its way this far upriver, however, so Mill Creek and its surroundings have formed a freshwater marsh and swamp, a place where water flows in and out, covering the submerged land with nutrients that nurture a distinctive and verdant ecosystem."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ravena
Distance: 1.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Apr–Nov
Local Maps: National Geographic Topo!, New York/New Jersey edition
Driving Directions: Directions to Lewis A. Swyer Preserve

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May 2018