by MAURY THOMPSON, PostStar, link to original post
The new Clendon Brook Preserve hiking trail offers an opportunity for a moderate aerobic workout in a forested setting without venturing deep into the Adirondacks.
The half-mile loop can be completed during a lunch hour, after work, or squeezed in between Saturday shopping runs, but contemplative walkers may want to plan extra time to pause along the trail, said Leon Steves, president of the Queensbury Land Conservancy, the nonprofit group that owns the preserve and developed the trail.
“Of course, every time I go down there I have to look around and take my time doing it,” he said. “You get down to the brook and it’s really spectacular down in there – a beautiful brook.”
The sound of traffic on Corinth Road fades after about 10 minutes on the trail, giving way to the chirping of birds and the babbling of water.
The entrance road to the preserve is located on the south side of Corinth Road, about 400 feet past VanDusen Road, on the left coming from Glens Falls. It is about a four-mile drive from Glens Falls Hospital. Coming from Lake Luzerne, the entrance road is on the right, between West Mountain and VanDusen roads.
A new split rail fence stands by the turn-off, but there is not yet a sign on Corinth Road. A new sign has been put up farther in at the trailhead, where there is a parking area with space for four or five vehicles.
The trail is open to the public free of charge anytime during daylight hours. Hikers may want to bring along a walking stick, as the meandering trail goes downhill and uphill at points, but it is not as arduous as a mountain climb.
The trail leads to part of the approximately 12-acre Clendon Brook Preserve, which lies along either side of the National Grid power line corridor.
The Roland Akins family donated the property to the Queensbury Land Conservancy several years ago, and the group has been working to develop it for public recreation.
Leon Steves and his brothers, Victor and Stanley, built a bridge over Clendon Brook and cut and marked the trail afterward. “My brothers and I went out this spring and cut down the wood on lots in Indian Lake – brought them down and let them dry, peeled them and stained them,” Leon Steves said.
“The youngest of the three of us is 75, and obviously that’s not me,” he said.
A separate bridge on the trail was built some years ago by Queensbury 4th Ward Councilman Tim Brewer and others, Steves said. Brewer said the new trail is a great asset. “So that’s our little piece of heaven,” he said.
Queensbury Land Conservancy hopes to extend the trail system to the Hudson River, if it can negotiate easements across – or outright purchase – property owned by a private owner and the city of Glens Falls, Steves said.
Queensbury Land Conservancy was founded in 2000 with the goal of protecting open space in the Queensbury/Glens Falls region. The organization is funded by the town of Queensbury and private donors.