Sunday celebration will open new trail along Bozenkill with a hike

—   Photo from Kathy Meany

Blow by blow: Husband-and-wife team Darwin Roosa and Kathy Meany help to dig the new trail at the Bozen Kill Preserve.

A year after the Bozen Kill Preserve was opened to the public, a third trail has been added.

“It was built by the hands of volunteers over the past four months,” said Kathy Meany, one of the volunteers and a steward for the preserve.

John Schlepp, who works for the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, which manages the preserve, routed the trail and took out the big trees.

Then the volunteers went to work, in four-hour sessions, with “axes, rakes, and picks — you name it — to get out the rocks,” said Meany.

The new red trail is .64 miles long. It joins a .17-mile blue trail and a .58-mile white trail at the preserve.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, the new trail will open with a celebration and a hike. (See editorial)

Connie Tedesco, stewardship coordinator for the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, will lead the hike. She’ll focus on the seasonal changes of plants and animals from summer to fall, and fall to winter.

The family-friendly hike is two-and-a-half miles round trip. Walkers will go through fields and wooded areas along the Bozenkill. People wishing to register for the hike may call (518) 436-6346 or visit

“We want people of all ages, from children to senior citizens, to enjoy our trails,” said Meany.

The trails at the Bozen Kill Preserve, one of 19 preserves managed by the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, are open to the public every day from sun up to sundown. The rules, as outlined by Meany, are simple:

—   Stay on the trails;

—   Carry out anything you carry in; and

—   Sign in and sign out at the kiosk near the parking area.

The list of names helps the conservancy in applying for grants, Meany said; it also is useful should a hiker get lost.

The Bozen Kill Preserve is located at the intersection of Westfall and Bozenkill roads on the outskirts of Altamont in western Guilderland.

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  • RENSSELAERVILLE — The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is partnering with the Albany Symphony to bring an afternoon of music and nature to Capital Region residents and visitors on Saturday, June 24.

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