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Discover the Normans Kill Preserve in Albany NY

normans killThe Normans Kill Preserve consists of three parcels of land totaling 46-acres. In the 1800s, the area was used for farmland, and around 1900, the main farm was known as the Normans Kill Dairy Farm. The City of Albany acquired the Dairy Farm in 1980, and ever since, the Normans Kill Preserve is used for preservation and recreational purposes.

The actual trails in the Normans Kill Preserve are located on two separate parcels (east and west). Their combined size is about 42-acres, and they are found on both sides of where the 2000 Delaware Avenue landslide occurred. To get there, you have to travel to the Town of Bethlehem and then go on Delaware Avenue.

The eastern parcel and trail is situated in a wooded area, but part of the trail runs near the top of the river bank, which is a good spot for sightseeing. You can even see the Normans Kill and the Steven's Farm on the other side from there. However, the terrain is slightly steeper than on the western parcel. The eastern parcel is right before the Normans Kill Bridge.

The western parcel and trail is also wooded, but it features wide open fields by the creek. Some highlights of the trail include a bridge near the creek with viewing benches and a looping trail through the parcel. This trail is mainly used for hiking and walking, and the over one-mile trail is fairly easy for all skill levels. The western parcel is at the end of the Normanskill Boulevard across from Delaware Plaza.

You can bring your dog on any of the trails, but they need to be leashed. To reach the Normans Kill Farm Dog Park, go from Delaware Avenue to Mill Road before reaching the bridge to Delmar. Then, continue on straight toward the farm, and soon enough you'll reach the dog park. Be aware that this is a free off-leash dog park.

Things to Enjoy

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Bird Watching
  • Dog Park and Community Garden
  • Read About and See Pieces of Old Settlements

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Sources:
http://mohawkhudson.org/our-preserves/normans-kill-preserves/
https://tothecapitalregionandbeyond.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/normans-kill-farm/
http://alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/normans-kill-preserve-west-trail
http://www.bringfido.com/attraction/890/