Town of Bethlehem
Approximately 1 mile of trails over east terrain
The 33-acre Van Dyke Preserve was donated to Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy in 2012 by the developers of the nearby VanDyke Spinney housing complex in association with the Town of
The property, formerly agricultural land, is a mix of forested lands and floodplain along the Phillipin Kill stream. Various amphibians breed in the wetlands and vernal pool pockets found in the Preserve. Native wildflowers, including cutleaf toothwort, Cardamine concatenata, and large beech, oak, hickory and hemlock trees may be enjoyed while strolling the loop trail that traverses streamside and through the forest. Interspersed are non-native species typically found on successional land in the region, such as multiflora rose, bittersweet, and phragmites.
The Preserve has over 2/3 mile of frontage on the Phillipin Kill, which originates to the north in the Town of New Scotland. It is part of the Vloman Kill watershed, which eventually empties to the Hudson River. Protection of stream corridors from development reduces flooding and erosion, improves water quality, and provides fish and wildlife
Follow Delaware Ave. (Rt. 443) South past the Bethlehen Central High School. Immediately after the school, turn left at the stoplight onto Van Dyke Road. Follow Van Dyke Road for approximately one mile. The Preserve will be on the right, just before the intersection with Meads Lane.