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Christman Sanctuary

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beautiful creek, 30 ft waterfall, close to home, easy hike
Near:Delanson, NY
Distance:2 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:300 ft
Hike Time:1 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots

Summary: Christman Sanctuary is a nature preserve that protects part of the Bozen Kill creek. Along the creek there are a series of small waterfalls and cascades.

From the parking area, follow the trail through the field to the sign-in register just inside the forest. Continue left on the trail with blue markers which will take you down to the creek. After about 1/2 mile, if the creek is low enough, you can cross and follow the Plantation Trail. It is best to follow this loop trail (marked with orange) in a clockwise direction.

The blue trail continues along the creek to a T-intersection. Go straight ahead and then down some steps. You will soon reach the base of the 30 foot waterfall. This is a nice picnic spot with a lean-to.

To return, retrace your steps to the T-intersection. Take a left and follow the trail back to the register.

Trailhead: From Albany, take US 20 (Western Ave) West toward Duanesburg. Turn left onto Schoharie Turnpike. The parking area is on the left at top of hill just after crossing the railroad - about 3.3 miles from US 20. (Lat:42.743 Lon:-74.129)
Trail Guides for Christman Sanctuary:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Nature Conservancy of Eastern NY (518) 272-0195
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by George Senft, who has posted  26 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 8   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Nancy on 3/9/2015
Snowshoed the trails on March 7, 2015. Excellent conditions, trails well marked. Ice covered falls was beautiful!

Reviewed by Katz on 9/22/2014
It's a really great short hike, well marked with plenty of visual variety to enjoy. I look forward to hiking it after a good rain, when the water is flowing and the waterfall is much more dramatic. That said, I must include a warning for first-timers: I would NOT rely on the latitude/longitude directions from the Nature Conservancy site! We did, and the directions took us down a private road, and where a resident was none too happy about us turning around there. Fact is, I did see a sign on the left, but having hiked a couple of trails whose trailheads are down a private road, I assumed the directions were correct. Needless to say, we beat it out of there quickly, but I think this is information others may find valuable.

Reviewed by GH on 9/7/2014
Really cool hike. Very easy, relaxing and scenic. Starts off through a nice little meadow, then about 1/8 mile in the forest until you get to the creek which is the star here. The water was low enough so we could actually walk up a significant distance on the creek itself, passing by one mini waterfall after another until we reached the big one. This was really just the perfect hike for us today - not much more tiring than walking around your neighborhood and plenty of places to stop and relax and enjoy the scenery. Very rejuvenating. We brought our dog and no one cared. To be honest though if someone complained I likely would have just made a fart noise with my mouth or something and continued on. yep.

Reviewed by DJ on 7/9/2014
This was a fun hike today! Though hiking in was quite sloppy and you will wreck your shoes or sneakers- so please wear boots or water shoes. So much to see on this hike! The Falls are beautiful and the high one had hikers who went right out on the edge of the highest one- even a photo shoot there- not smart to chance it on the edge! Would recommend- but be careful on the trails- pretty steep with no rails - so watch the kiddos well!

Reviewed by Fritz on 10/28/2013
We hiked the blue, the red, the yellow and even the orange(someone bought the wrong color?). Easy to lose your way even though the trails are well marked. Not a good trail for small children or anyone without footwear with traction and good balance. That said, this is a great place to go exploring with or without water running over the falls. In the spring or after rain, definitely use footwear that can get wet for exploring and crossing the creek at various points. Dolls eye berries(watch those small children again), poison ivy and interesting non-toxic vegetation throughout. Allow three hours to fully explore the area and it's dramatic terrain, features and getting lost (especially with leaves on the ground).

Reviewed by Deb on 10/27/2013
Very nice hike, trail was well maintained. Enjoyed both the blue and orange trail, altho we did lose the trail at one point. Leaves on the ground hid the path! Path to falls had great "assists" to navigate a narrow path. First time on one of the Nature Conservancy paths and it was very enjoyable.

Reviewed by chris owen on 9/21/2013
We hiked the blue trail considered easier but it wasn't as easy as other hikes. There are challenging tree roots every footlength and if not tree roots to trip on, then rocks. Not a place want to bring your dog because the dog would spend its entire time trying to sidestep all the foot obstacles. Would recommend this hike for children 9 yrs and older, there's some tricky spots where you'd be worried for a child under the age of nine. We agree with the other reviews pack a lunch you would want to sit for a while at the waterfall.

Reviewed by Matt on 7/13/2013
We walked all of the trails, a loop south of the creek and a loop North of the creek, probably around 3 miles total, and spend 1 1/2 hours without much standing around. It was overcast, humid and about 80 degrees in the middle of July following two very wet months, and especially outside of the woods there were some deer flies buzzing us, but inside of the woods it was only occasional. Thankfully about 85% of the trails are in the woods. There are only a couple of steep parts of the trails, definitely fine for kids. If you go when it is colder in the Spring or Fall, it might be nice to bring a lunch and hang out by the falls or any number of the flat spots. Take a photo of the map before going in so you don't get confused.

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