LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Many people flock to nearby Shelburne Farm, a 1400-acre working farm and National Historic Landmark. (This is definitely worth a visit and also has walking trails.) If you are looking for something a little quieter, however, try a trip to the LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area. This 211-acre preserve offers an interpretive trail along the LaPlatte River, McCabes Brook, and the surrounding marsh.
The relatively easy trail—especially great for younger children—follows the water’s edge most of the way, providing great views and many opportunities for bird sightings. Over sixty bird species use this area as breeding habitat. Some to look out for are osprey, belted kingfisher, tree swallow, pileated woodpecker, great blue heron, and wood duck. Although you won’t get too far from the road and may hear some traffic noise, that will be overshadowed by the chirping of birds, pecking of woodpeckers, and honking of geese."