Fox Preserve

Opened in 2015, this preserve is one of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy's newer properties. Located in Latham on River Road, this trail is easily accessed a brief drive off of the Northway and Rte. 7. The entrance is also just across the road from a stretch of the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway, making this preserve a great stopoff from a longer trek on the bike trail. An off-road lot provides plenty of parking spaces.

At the entrance, a detailed sign provides a map of the trail and additional information, along with a trail register and maps you can carry on your hike. The main trail, covering just under one mile in distance, takes you up a small hill to a flat space at the top, where you can view the Mohawk River through a clearing and enjoy lunch at a picnic table. Orange markers define the main trail, while a white trail covers an additional 0.3 miles of terrain.

While a brief hike, this trail does entail a slight incline as you ascend to the top of the overlook. Also note you'll be walking along the edge of a steep ravine in sections, so be mindful of young children. The views of Shaker Creek along the way make you feel you're in a beautiful wooded space, and in some spots you might not realize you're so close to the busyness of Route 7 and the many homes and businesses nearby.

If you look closely, you'll even see a man-made waterfall in one section, on the other side of the creek, as water flows out of a pipe. Be careful about where the trail intersects with private property, as a few residences are nearby, and the road you'll walk on in one section leads to a home beyond the trail.

In short, this trail offers a brief but enjoyable walk through the woods, with a rewarding view at the top of the hill. Combine a trip here with walking or biking along the nearby bike trail for an enjoyable outing!

Fox Preserve Photos

Sign at Entrance to Fox Preserve
Parking Lot
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy Sign
Trail Marker
Boardwalk Along Trail
View of Shaker Creek
Waterfall from Pipe
View of Mohawk River

Map of Fox Preserve Trailhead

See a detailed trail map on the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy's website.

Check out one of my favorite Adirondack trail guides.

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