I've had it on my "to do" list for some time to hike some of the trails at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. They offer a dozen trails, ranging in length from .25 mile to 4 miles. Click here for a map of the trails. Sunday, Linda and I drove to 475 Dyken Pond Road and hiked the Long Trail, the longest at 4 miles. We give it high ratings.
The Long Trail is very well marked, flat and easy on the feet. You'll enjoy fern meadows, glacial erratics, hemlocks, white pines, and rock walls from the days when Stephen Van Rensselaer owned most of Albany and Rensselaer counties and rented farms under the patroon system -- at least until the Anti-Rent War.
There are some absolutely gorgeous spots along this hike. As always, click on the photos to enlarge.