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VISCHER FERRY NATURE & HISTORIC PRESERVE hiking, biking, paddling.

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A large preserve in southern Saratoga County NY on the N shore of the Mohawk River - includes old sections of the Erie Canal and some ponds. You can easily spend a few hours here. Easy, flat terrain on wide trails, some of the route has fine gravel (good for biking, done in 2016). From Clute's Dry Dock to Lock 7 dam is 4.7 miles (9.4 miles round-trip) via the shortest route. Details. Jamuary 2, 2020. The picnic area has Adirondack chairs, 3 picnic tables, 3 BBQ grills. Nice when there are no gunshots across the river at the Town of Colonie shooting range. Most of the ponds & canal are iced over, Mohawk River was open & a merganser pair was seen. November 13, 2016. June 5, 2016.

Are you PREPARED for fall adventures?

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By mid-October, fall foliage season has moved out of the Adirondacks and has headed south. I often follow the colors and explore wild areas in downstate New York, as well as in neighboring states. I have fond memories of hiking in the Catskills and Shawangunks, backpacking the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut, kayaking Cape Cod, and canoeing the rivers of the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey. However, October and November hiking and paddling trips within the Adirondack Park and surrounding area still remain in the mix. It is nice to enjoy the wilds without the irritation of mosquitoes, black flies, and other biting insects. Also, popular destinations are minus the crowds of summertime and early fall, so I can enjoy them peacefully. The colors are more subtle – the gold of tamarack trees (a conifer that drops its leaves for winter), the heathery tones of the mountainsides, the greens of spruce and balsam up high, and quite possibly, the whiteness of snow on top. Fall is a great …

HOW TO BE A GOOD CAMPER

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HOW TO BE A GOOD CAMPER - a new series from Nehasane.,br> #1 - Do not leave foil, cans & other metals in the fire pit. Carry out all trash. Metals don't burn. Empty containers are a lot lighter than the full ones you carried in. NYSDEC Regulations. #2 - Do not burn plastics in the campfire - this releases cancer-causing dioxins & other nasty stuff - carry it out. Note that many "paper" food wrappers like oatmeal packets are lined with plastic. https://grist.org/…/whats-worse-burning-plastic-or-sending…/ ... http://www.ejnet.org/dioxin/ #3 - Use dead and downed wood for your campfire - do not cut or strip standing trees, dead or alive - it's not good for the trees & looks unnatural, wherever there are paper birch trees you can find bark on the ground for starting fires. #4 - Be Considerate of Other Visitors. Most visitors to wild places go for the quiet & peacefulness - it is not a place for fireworks, gun practice, drones, etc.; joy can be expe…

CEDAR RIVER FLOW paddling, camping & hiking

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CEDAR RIVER FLOW. Late September 2019. I was hoping to get campsite #6 which is where the NPT comes closest to the flow - so one gets access to both water & trail. But, there was a motorboat moored there & a large group of 12 (a permit is needed for camping groups of more than 9 people http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41282.html ) from PA was camped there for 7 nights (a permit is needed if camping at the same site for over 3 nights). There was a large 10'x30' tent/awning set up & some hammocks, some fine wood furniture, camp chairs, several large coolers (no bear hang), condiments were left out on the table, a good face cord of firewood (don't know if it was gathered on site, it is against the law in NYS to transport wood more than 50 miles), a few canoes & kayaks too - this outfit was not roughing it! I was both outraged & jealous!!! Went back after they left & took a look - still some nice tables there, a wood pommel horse?, a fair amount of firewoo…