Nature Preserves


NOTE: Dogs are allowed, but they must be leashed. Please pick up after them.

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy has 20 preserves that are open to the public for recreational use. These preserves, found throughout Albany, Montgomery, and Schenectady County, are visited by tens of thousands of hikers, joggers, birders, botanists, and more each year.

Each preserve offers a unique experience for Capital Region residents and visitors. Looking for a weekend excursion and some beautiful views? Check out Bennett Hill Preserve in New Scotland. Want a lunch-time hiking spot for some week-day nature time? Visit one of our “pocket preserves” in Delmar and Bethlehem- little “pockets” of nature that a short drive from much of the Capital Region. Love waterfalls? Wolf Creek Falls Preserve and Schoharie Creek Preserve will give you excellent opportunities to enjoy and photograph creeks with falling water features.

Use our Preserve links on the right side of this page to learn about each of our preserves, including directions, trail maps, and notable features.

To locate a preserve near you, follow the Find a Preserve link to view all of our preserves on a Google Map.

Planning a visit? Check out our Plan Your Visit page for some helpful tips before your hike.

Look for the new Text-to-donate signs at the preserve kiosks! Use your phone to send a text or scan the QR code at the kiosk to make a donation. 

Preserve map brochures are available at select preserve kiosks or at our office at 425 Kenwood Ave in Delmar.

NOTE: Check current trail conditions for updates after winter storms.



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