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This Week’s Featured Hike: Greenport Conservation Area

Wondering where to wander this weekend? Welcome to Fun Friday! Each week, we’ll introduce a new suggested adventure. This week’s walk is a classic: The Access for All Trail at Greenport Conservation Area.

Greenport at a Glance

This is one of CLC’s largest Public Conservation Areas. With the exception of the Yellow Trail, many of the trails are flat. Expect to take in meadow views, enjoy forests, and be treated to exceptional views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. The site is home to a gazebo and several benches where you can sit and take in the sites and sounds. You can watch a short introductory video about the site here.

 

Know Before You Go

The parking lot, located at 319 Joslen Boulevard, can fill up on busy mornings or weekends. If the parking lot is full, please do not park in the adjacent private driveways or along the road, as there is limited site distance. Your best bet is head to Greenport Town Park and enter from the Red Trail. Dogs are not allowed at the Town Park.

 

The Walk – Out to the Gazebo and Back, Gravel Surface, 1.5 miles total

This walk begins at the Joslen Boulevard parking lot. If you’re using the Vizzit app (free guided smartphone tours of the site) now is a great time to turn it on, and select the tour titled “Greenport Blue Trail.” We suggest downloading the app before you head out into the field, but the reception at Greenport is strong enough that the tour should still work!

 

You’ll stay on the Blue Trail for the duration of this walk, which is on a flat gravel surface. Much of Greenport can be muddy during rainy times, but this trail stays relatively dry. Along the way, stop to take in interpretive signage about pollinator habitats, grassland birds, and the habitats along the river. You’ll reach a juncture when you arrive at the first large meadow at the site, with an option to continue straight, or turn to the right. Continue straight toward the gazebo ahead.

The trail terminates at a gazebo overlooking the Hudson River. If you’re up to it, you can add an additional 0.25 miles to your walk by re-tracing your steps back from the gazebo, and making a left. This small trail will lead you to a beautiful bench bearing an inscription with the word “Friluftsliv,” a Swedish word for “Fresh Air Life.” Follow the Blue Trail back to the parking lot, and don’t forget to tag CLC with #clctrust when you post about your day on Instagram!