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
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Reviewed by Amy on 5/10/2013
Very nice, the trails are marked beautifully and its all loops which makes it nice for beginners. We went down in the creek and it was nice, slighty buggy...bring bugspray! The waterfall was dripping and sounded nice but it would be so nice to see it really coming down!
Reviewed by Deb on 9/26/2012
Nice hike although there were no falls. Water very low. Blue trail markers a bit confusing. Somehow we ended up on orange and made it back to the car. My printout suggested dogs were welcome but when we arrived the sign said no pets. We felt bad breaking the rules but had driven all that way with 3 dogs in tow. Not sure why no dogs. It really is a fine hike for them. Salamaders we saw along the way were adorable!
Reviewed by C&O on 9/2/2012
We almost made it but then we saw the sign for Altamont Vineyard....
Reviewed by Jodi on 8/22/2012
Great hike to do with the kids.
Reviewed by mj on 8/20/2012
Went yesterday the kill is almost dry and lots of bees/ hornets. Early spring and winter are beautiful times to visit here.
Reviewed by Wells Family on 6/23/2012
We had a wonderful time exploring this area. We were able to go with all the children including the four-year-old (just had to keep a hold of her on certain parts). The lack of rain made the falls just a trickle but there is still so much to see. We enjoyed finding an amazing variety of tadpoles, frogs, crayfish, fish, birds and butterflies. A nice easy escape from the city.
Reviewed by Wendy on 5/6/2012
Went yesterday and I really enjoyed it. It was my first real hike since the early 90's. Don't turn around at the other waterfalls, keep going to the Waterfall at the end, it is so worth it. It can get a bit difficult but nothing dangerous, at least not for this woman! Keep in mind I was carrying a big camera and a big camera bag the whole time. The directions are correct as far as I'm concerned, but the sign would be easy to miss. The trail head is a parking lot that could accommodate about four cars max. Looking forward to going back.
Reviewed by Eric on 4/8/2012
I did this hike with some family on Easter weekend 2012. We saw alot of people with dogs, though it says at the entrance no pets? The waterfalls were picture perfect, though could have used some more flow. However, not much snow this winter. My great niece LOVED playing down by the water, and my son was climbing up rock walls by the falls. My great niece even got to hold a small snake. Saw pollwogs in the pond. Saw some rare wildflowers - bloodroots and hepaticas. Sometimes lost the trail, but always found our way back. All in all a nice time - we will definitely go back.
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