Lower Riddell State Park – January 7, 2020

Report by Linda Pearce – Our first hike for 2020, Jan. 7th at Lower Riddell State Park, was very enjoyable – the temperature hovered around 30 degrees and the trails were in good shape for walking with just a trace of snow. Twenty-four people came out, and for most of us, it was our first hike together since November. Due to weather conditions and holiday observances, only one hike took place in December. Everyone seemed so happy to see their fellow hikers.
As we walked the trails, we observed the tracks of many animals who were sharing the park – deer, rabbits, snowshoe hares, muskrat, porcupine, and possibly coyote and fox, as well as many “small critters.” A flock of 6 or 8 ducks took flight from the Schenevus Creek as we approached. We saw that the old Riddell barn had been taken down and the area seeded.
When some of our group had to leave, many of us continued an extended walk, giving us about a 3.5 mi. hike.  Photo Credits: Betsy O’Brien 

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