Town of Colonie
Less than 1 mile of easy walking trail
The property on Vly Creek, a tributary of the Mohawk River, is a beautiful 11.5 acre glen near the intersection of Vly Road and the Troy-Schenectady Road. The property was a gift of an informal neighborhood association lead by Don and Lois Porter, and was given through The Nature Conservancy to the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy in 2000. The Glen contains a large variety of plants. For example, on one outing the following ferns were identified: Christmas, Cinnamon, Interrupted, Lady, New York, Royal, Sensitive, and Wood.
For an excellent wildflower field guide to Ashford Glen Preserve, visit Dave Behm’s Curious By Nature blog, where you will find a list of Wildflower Field Guides. Click on the text under the slide preview to download the wildflower field guide for Ashford Glen Preserve. (The file will download through Google Drive as a PowerPoint file.)This resource will enhance your visit as you learn about and identify the plants you observe during your visit. Colorful photos and plants listed by blooming date will help you explore the botany of this beautiful glen.
“I hope you will find this Ashford Glen Preserve field guide useful in assisting you to find and identify the myriad of wildflower blooms that are present: from the miniscule (corn speedwell) to the mundane (black medick), from the exploitably vulnerable (pipsissewa) to the invasive (garlic mustard), and from the native (leatherwood) to the naturalized (yellow avens).” – Curious by Nature
From Northway Exit 6, go west on Route 7 for approximately 3 miles. Turn left onto Vly Road (traffic light and Stewart’s). Take the third right onto Brookhill Road, an immediate right onto Cascade Terrace, and then left onto Ashford Lane. The preserve entrance is located at 22 Ashford Lane; park along the road. A trail map and other information are available at the entrance kiosk on Ashford Lane.