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”

October 19th, 2021 – Wilber Park

Report by Sarah Patterson.  Twenty hikers met at the top of Youngman Ave. to hike the logging roads in the Glenwood Creek section of Wilber Park. The old mountain bike trails have been obliterated by the recent logging that has occurred, but the loggers have smoothed out the roads as compared to earlier this year.Continue reading “October 19th, 2021 – Wilber Park”

October 12th, 2021 – Betty and Wilber State Park

Report by Linda Pearce. The morning of our hike at Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park on October 12th provided us a bright blue sky, warm temperatures and colorful autumn leaves. The 229 acre park in the town of Westford offers a three mile trail, known as Andy’s Trail, around the perimeter of the park.Continue reading “October 12th, 2021 – Betty and Wilber State Park”

October 5th, 2021 – Oneonta Greenway

Report by Jann Ewen.  On another cloudy, potentially rainy day, 19 ADKers braved a hike on the Oneonta Greenway.  That included three of our new members: Peggy and Arthur Palmer, and Marianne Coursen…plus a “paddling” of Merganser ducks, several unidentified cherry-seeking birds (probably Cedar Waxwings), and a “scourge” of 27,241 hungry, biting insects. It wasContinue reading “October 5th, 2021 – Oneonta Greenway”