ATTENTION! – I will lead a series of wildflower walks – five in all between April and August – that will feature the woodland wildflowers that bloom throughout the growing season at this nature preserve. Hope you’ll join me! For more info, please view the Events page. Also, these walks are featured in the Town of Clifton Park’s 2019 Spring and Summer Recreation Booklet; see page 16.
Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve is located west of Pierce Road, north of Kinns Road, in the Town of Clifton Park approximately 1/2 mile south of Ushers Road.
There are four parking areas along the west side of Pierce Road:
- Main parking area at the trailhead entrance.
- Alternate parking area south of the trailhead entrance.
- Small parking area at south end of Red Trail (AKA “Fishing Trail”).
- Alternate small parking area at intersection of Pierce Road and Kinns Road near parking area #3 above.
View the trail map.
Some views of this preserve –
Trailhead parking area along west side of Pierce Road
Trailhead main sign – close up view
Miscellaneous signs at trailhead
Entrance to outdoor classroom
Outdoor classroom adjoining trailhead; podium on left and seating on right
Looking W’ly along Orange Trail near trailhead
Boardwalk over Long Kill at intersection of Orange Trail and Red Trail
“Live Life” artwork on plank of the boardwalk over Long Kill
Looking W’ly at beginning & ending of “loop” portion of Orange Trail
Panoramic N’ly view atop ridge along “loop” portion of Orange Trail
Looking W’ly atop ridge along “loop” portion of Orange Trail
Looking N’ly from atop ridge along “loop” portion of Orange Trail at culvert through which Long Kill flows under railroad tracks
Trail sign-Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve
Looking SE’ly along “loop” portion of Orange Trail
Looking at intersection of “loop” portion of Orange Trail with Green Trail (with overlook of Dwaas Kill)
Abandoned car along Green Trail (off “loop” portion of Orange Trail)
Panoramic view of Dwaas Kill from overlook at end of Green Trail (off “loop” portion of Orange Trail)
Native brook trout have been observed in the Dwaas Kill; read about the efforts underway to preserve this cold water fishery.
Looking E’ly from end of “loop” portion of Orange Trail toward its intersection with the beginning of same “loop”
Looking S’ly from Orange Trail at north end of Red Trail
Looking S’ly from north end of Red Trail; note wood duck house on tree in middle of photo
Close up view of Wood Duck house made from wooden speaker box
Looking S’ly along Red Trail adjoining Long Kill
Looking S’ly along Red Trail at its intersection with Green Trail (which has overlook of Long Kill and Dwaas Kill)
Confluence of Long Kill (right) into Dwaas Kill (left) – overlook at end of Green Trail (off Red Trail)
Boardwalk near south end of Red Trail
Panoramic view of Dwaas Kill (and two boardwalks) from third bench along Red Trail (near south end)
Kiosk at south end of Red Trail
Looking upstream along Dwaas Kill from Pierce Road
View the status of my wildflower inventory for this nature preserve.