This scenic loop trail takes you deep into the forests and fields to the Normans Kill. A portion of the trail runs alongside the creek—approach quietly to see local wildlife such as the great blue heron. With some moderate terrain, this preserve is a perfect walk with the dog or with the kids to reconnect with nature. The preserve is also easily accessible by public transportation.
TRAIL CLOSURE (posted 3-1-2023): The eastern section of trail at the Normans Kill West Preserve will be closed to hikers as we mitigate muddy conditions and trees damaged by Emerald Ash Borer. Signs are posted to designate the closed sections, please do not venture beyond these points.
The Normans Kill West Preserve serves as a buffer to the site of a landslide (in 2000) along Delaware Avenue in the Town of Bethlehem. Albany County obtained both Normans Kill East and West Preserves in 2005 due to tax foreclosure, both properties were subsequently turned over to Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy for protection. The preserve has great views of the Normans Kill, a significant tributary to the Hudson River.
The preserve is accessible by CDTA Route 18; a short walk from the Delaware Ave./ Normanskill Ave. stop.