June 29th, 2021 – New Island Trail

Report by Tracy Verma.  On Tuesday, June 29, the ADK hike was at New Island Trail in Oneonta where 15 hikers met at Catella Park on the very warm, sunny morning.

For the 12 hikers who continued on the entire DO Trail, we walked about 3.8 flat miles in about 2 1/2 hours. The hikers got split up, as 3 hikers walked around at Neahwa Park, avoiding the long New Island trail. At the end of the DO trail, 5 hikers lingered at the riverside ‘beach’ while the other 7 returned back without stopping at the river.

A noteworthy change on the trail is the new kiosk and trail marker just before entering the trail near the river. It highlighted Dr. John New, the trail’s namesake, who was instrumental in saving the area from the ravages of the construction of Interstate 88 as a nature preserve. 

 A few stayed to enjoy a picnic lunch at Neahwa’s pavilion.

.In all, we had a lovely time and so did the mosquitoes!

Photos by Janice Downie and Irene Jervis.

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