Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Time: Saturday, 09/16 Time 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Tennis Courts Parking Lot, Frear Park

Description: Discover Frear Park’s hiking trails, enjoy natural scenery, and learn some history on this hike led by Bram Van Heuveln. This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the park. To celebrate, we will hike along the old Troy water reservoirs, pass by a beaver dam and pond, and the Piscawen creek and waterfalls. Enjoy the view over the Hudson Valley; on a clear day you can clearly see downtown Albany and the Catskills from the top of the trails. Interesting native wildflowers can be found along the trails, and a stop will be made to enjoy the educational wildflower and butterfly gardens near the Frear Park pagoda and fountain.



Exploring Prospect Park I
Level: Beginner – 1 mile loop out and back on level pavement
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Location: Meet at the Pavilion just inside the main entrance off Congress St.

Description: Have you always looked up in wonder at those white rocks spelling out TROY? Discover one of urban Troy’s hidden gems, Prospect Park atop Mount Ida. In our walk along the circular tour road, we will learn about its antecedents as the 19th century country estates of some of Troy’s founding families, and then discuss its 20th century development as the people’s refuge from the gritty city, all as designed by RPI’s first African-American alumnus. Along the way we will take a look back out at the whole Hudson-Mohawk valley from those rocks.

Exploring Prospect Park II
Level: Intermediate – 2 mile loop down, around and up the hillside, looping back to beginning.
Time: 10:30 – 12:00 noon
Location: Meet at the Pavilion just inside the main entrance off Congress St.

Description: Prospect Park is not just the playground and picnic areas on top of Mount Ida – it’s the whole hill! We will hike some of the older and newer trails as we explore the connection between one of Troy’s original green spaces and its surrounding neighborhoods. We will descend to Ferry Street on the original entrance road, pass the site of Uncle Sam’s house, and climb back up the Garnet Baltimore Trail that used to bring South Troy swimmers to one of the nicest pools in the city. Bring water, and wear hiking boots and bug repellent.

Hiking Through History Along Troy’s Wynantskill
Level: Intermediate | 2.5 Mile Loop out and back, 2 Hours
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Pre hike talk at the Burden Museum at 12:15 PM
Where: BURDEN ENVIRONMENTAL PARK : Wynantskill Trail

1. The Gateway Museum | 1 E Industrial Pkwy, Troy 12180
2. Burden Pond Environmental Park | Corner Route 4 / Mill Street and Campbell Ave

Come learn about the local history and the changing landscape of south Troy shaped by the Wynants Kill from Colonial time mills to the Industrial Era Burden Iron Works. Start at the former Burden Iron Works offices to hear about and examine pictures and maps of the changing landscape. Reconvene a short drive upstream at the parking area of the Burden Pond Environmental Park. Then hike through an urban nature preserve with a deep gorge, a water fall and remnants of dams and infrastructure that supplied water power. We will stand in an area that had once been a mill pond. We will finish at a vantage point to see where the Burden Iron Works once stood and imagine what it all looked like.