January 25th, 2022 – New Island Trail

Report by Jim and Carolyn Austin.  January 25 was a cloudy, crisp morning.  Due to construction along the Mill Race, cars had to be parked at the Damaschke Field parking lot.  This added half a mile to our planned 3 mile hike.  Fifteen hikers began walking through Catella Park to New Island.  Two hikers thenContinue reading “January 25th, 2022 – New Island Trail”

December 28th, 2021 – Texas School House State Forest

Report by Tracy Verma.  On Tuesday, December 28, at Texas Schoolhouse State Forest on Jones Road near New Lisbon, 14 ADK hikers joined on this remote hike of about 2 miles on rough terrain. There had been some freezing rain over about 1/2 inch of fresh snow the night before, but the trail was safeContinue reading “December 28th, 2021 – Texas School House State Forest”

December 21st, 2021 – Neahwa Park

Report by Linda Pearce.  December 21, 2021 – the first day of winter – and a mild morning it was.  A robin sang nearby as twenty-eight people gathered in the parking lot of Damaschke Field in Neahwa Park.  Our approximate 2.5 mile walk started out passing Hodges Pond as several Canada geese paraded by onContinue reading “December 21st, 2021 – Neahwa Park”

December 7th, 2021 – West Branch Nature Preserve and Scenic Rail Trail

Report by Kathy and Bill Holmstrom. Sixteen members hiked the blue trail in the West Branch Nature Preserve, a 1.5-mile loop highlighted by a moderate climb along a cascading stream through an old growth hemlock forest. The size of the trees and the abundant moss and fern growth is reminiscent of Pacific Northwest forests. OnContinue reading “December 7th, 2021 – West Branch Nature Preserve and Scenic Rail Trail”

November 30th, 2021 – Homer Folks State Forest

Report by Jendy Murphy.  For the hike on the last day of November 2021, twenty-three of us tramped through a crust of snow on a brisk but sunny day at Homer Folks State Forest in Oneonta. Homer Folks was a NYS tuberculosis sanatorium from 1935-1973, when the trails were closed to the public so patients could getContinue reading “November 30th, 2021 – Homer Folks State Forest”

November 23rd, 2021 – Fortin Park

Report by Barb Baumann.  From the Fortin Park parking lot, braving the cold morning air and lightly snow-covered ground, 17 ADKers walked past two former F&F Airport hangars, up a little hill, through a wooded area bordering a meadow, back down the hill, along the banks of the Susquehanna River to where the Charlotte CreekContinue reading “November 23rd, 2021 – Fortin Park”

November 16th, 2021 – Gilbert Lake State Park

Report by Jim and Carolyn Austin.  On a cloudy, cool November 16th, 22 hikers traveled to Gilbert Lake State Park.  From the parking lot we walked in front of the lodge and along the lake.  At the end of the lake we went into the Cabin area, and back to the lake.  We observed theContinue reading “November 16th, 2021 – Gilbert Lake State Park”

November 9th, 2021 -Woodland Walk

Report by Betsy Cunningham.  Neil and Betsy Cunningham led this hike of eighteen ADKers from their home near Jefferson.  After walking a loop on Woodland Drive, we meandered through the mowed paths back at their property.  We were able to sit out in their yard after the hike and enjoy some chili and corn muffinsContinue reading “November 9th, 2021 -Woodland Walk”

November 2nd, 2021 – Milford State Forest

Report by Aleda Koehn.  A lovely November morning greeted 17 Susquehanna hikers for an easy walk in Milford State Forest.  We entered the trail past the gate just below the intersection of Kelly Corners Road and the north side of State Land Road.  Although the taller trees had mostly lost their leaves, much of theContinue reading “November 2nd, 2021 – Milford State Forest”