The History of the Uncle Sam Trail
Level: Beginner | Wheelchair Accessible | KID FRIENDLY!
Where: Uncle Sam Trail | Meet at Middleburg Avenue and 8th Street
Time: 9:30 to 11:00

Description: Kathryn Sheehan, Rensselaer County & Troy City Historian, will lead a tour on the Uncle Sam Rail Trail in Troy, NY. The trail was the former Troy & Boston and later the Boston & Maine Railroad. We will discuss the many industries, residences, churches and recreational ventures that bordered the rail line. Learn about the Haymaker’s Baseball Team, the Murder of Robert Ross, and where the ink for our nation’s currency was manufactured!uncle-sam-trail-image

Nature Tour
Level: Beginner | Wheelchair Accessible | KID FRIENDLY!
Where: Uncle Sam Trail Section
Time: 12:30 PM

Description: Is there nature in Troy? Join tour guide Erica Schwaback from Five Rivers Environmental Education Center will help explore one of our urban trails to find out. Take a walk to notice the birds, animals, insects, flowers, foliage, and trees that successfully make their home in the urban setting.hiking-through-history-imag

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 in this special presentation by Michael BarrettDirector of The Gateway Museum. 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 join regional trails advocate, Joe Durkin 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 historic church and vantage point to see where the Burden Iron Works once stood and imagine what it all looked like.


Level: Kid Friendly and Fun for All!
Time: 10:00 to 2:00 PM
Location: The Underpass to the Entrance of the Oakwood Cemetery at 101st Street

Description: A Variety of staged performances including the artists doing animation/ambient work to create an atmosphere. Performers include:

Anna Fedak: (Dance / Trapeze) During the history tour as guests arrive to our location
Shane Miclon: (Juggling) Following the history tour and before the nature tour
Elliot Higby: (Contortion) During the nature tour as guests arrive to our location
Cooper Stanton: (Tissu/Ribbon Suspension) Following the nature tour


Hiking Frear Park Trails
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Time: 11:30 AM
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. 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.