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An Interview with Russell Dann – author of 5 eastern & northern NY Waterfall guidebooks

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A 4-mile paved rail-trail  located in the beautiful Mohawk Valley between the towns of New Hartford & Whitesboro in Oneida County.

The trail begins, at the east end, at a trailhead parking lot located on New Hartford Street..Head West from there and the trail crosses Route 5A/Commercial Drive, then Middle Settlement Road, Clarks Mills Road and Halsey Road.
Click here for the map & additional info.

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I (heart) the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail

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Ideas for where to kayak from the Mohawk Towpath Byway

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Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoe Tours, Mountaineering, Overnight Trips, Backcountry Skiing, First Ascent Rock Climbing, and Top Rope Anchor Building Clinic.

All of these adventures and more are offered through emsClimb.com in New Palz, Lake Placid and Little Falls.

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Mohawk Landing is Clifton Park’s newest park and natural area. The park is on Riverview Road, just west of Brian Drive, along the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway. It includes a gravel and wooden boardwalk trail that runs across the property to the top of the riverbank. A ramp of naturally occurring rock allows boaters to launch kayaks and canoes at the site.

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With summer season upon us people will be out and about fishing, boating, canoeing, and hiking.  One of the prime areas to discover or explore is the Mohawk Valley with its rich history and variety of outdoor opportunities.

The Mohawk Valley of New York is one of the most historic, important and unique regions in our nation. Whether your interest lies in its history, its outdoor recreation, touring, sightseeing, or any or all of these, you’ll find it in “Mohawk:  Discovering the Valley of the Crystals”, the most expansive and comprehensive book ever written on this historic and unique American geographic icon.

Following years of personal exploration, research and interviews, M. Paul Keesler amassed and processed it all into this amazing book. It both entertains and enlightens the reader, whisking us on a fascinating journey – from the era of glaciers and prehistoric times, to Native Americans, to the arrival of explorers, settlers and trading, to the modern era.

A gifted writer, Paul verbally paints highly enjoyable and enlightening verbal images of the evolution and past and present importance of the “Valley of the Crystals”… one that is difficult to put down once we start “discovering.”

Available from your local bookseller or North Country Books: (315) 735-4877, ncbooks@verizon.net

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Putnam Trailway is a rail trail that spans 12 miles in Putnam County, from Baldwin Place to Brewster Village. Here’s the Putnam Trailway brochure & map as a pdf file.

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From a new park in Cohoes, visitors have an unobstructed view of the beautiful Cohoes Falls. According to John T. McDonald III, Mayor of the City of Cohoes, it’s the second largest falls in New York State. I wonder if that’s true?? Regardless, it looks like it would be a fun place to visit.

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Rich & I explored the waterfalls from the western edge of New York State, east to Utica, and from Lake Ontario, south to the PA bo200 Waterfallsrder. We found well over 200 hundred that are accessible to the public. We wrote200 Waterfalls in Central and Western New York – A Finders’ Guide” to lead others to enjoy the same thrill we had in discovering each unique waterfall.Now, Russell Dunn has done the same for the Mohawk Region with his new guidebook “Mohawk Region Waterfall Guide. Click here to read more about it. He also has guidebooks called “Catskill Region Waterfall Guide” and “Adirondack Waterfall Guide : New York’s Cool Cascades” according to Amazon.com.

So, there’s plenty of resources available for exploring New York’s wonderful waterfalls. Go Outside & Play!

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