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 Viewer on 3/26/2012
never really easy to find... loved reading about the history of this place prior to hiking it... as WW Christman was a well - respected poet... so it was lovely experiencing it as through the eyes, ears and mind of a poet, vicariously, through him. Very nice indeed.
Reviewed by Serenity on 3/21/2012
Once again I enjoyed this hike. Only went to the stream crossing, but still enjoyed it. The blue trail markers seemed inconsistent half way through but we made it in and out. Spring time mud as is to be expected but otherwise very clean and well maintained. Loved the absence of bugs. * 2 thumbs up*
Reviewed by MA on 3/9/2012
Very nice hike, especially with the water at the end. Even if you don't make it to the waterfall. I would caution that the "Schoharie Turnpike" crossing is nothing like a real turnpike. It's a tiny road with a tiny sign and it's easy to miss, as we did.
Reviewed by john on 2/5/2012
sign states no pets including horses no harm to me but i did go there thinking dogs were ok just an FYI nothing else, I was almost thankful because I then drove to Vromans nose instead very nice
Reviewed by mc on 2/2/2012
very bad. loco man on the east side. i don't think this is safe for women.
Reviewed by Viewer on 11/26/2011
Wasted 2 hours of my life trying to find this place! This website has the worst directions! I've been to 3 other hikes listed on this site and the directions are terrible. Make sure you do your homework before getting in the car and heading out. I've learned the hard way :(
Reviewed by CVW on 6/19/2011
I did this hike today for the first time with my family and I can not wait to go back! What a beautiful little hike through the woods and down to the water. I was impressed at how easy it was to follow the trails. Unlike previous reviews that stated there were very few posted trail signs, I found this easy to navigate. It is obvious that the conservancy has spent some time upgrading the trail markings. I made this hike with my wife and 2 daughters aged 6 and 3. We were able to cover the terrain with little difficulty. I liked that near the stream on the hill side there were ropes for the little ones to hold on to when ascending and descending the hills. Bottom line, this is a great family friendly hike!
Reviewed by PTN on 8/21/2010
Potentially a very nice hike. The scenery is beautiful, there wasn't enough water for a water fall and in some spots the trail was horribly marked. I did this hike by myself and there were numerous times I had to retrace my steps and look into the distance for trail markers. Worn out spray painted soup can tops do NOT do the trick, especially after they have been de-colored by the sun for years. The trail is blocked in may spots by fallen trees, this also hinders the traveler as in one particular spot it cuts the trail in half. But as long as you go in their with some time and a sense of adventure you should have a decent enough time.
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