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Master Gardener Volunteer Guided Hikes


Master Gardener Volunteers Offer Guided Hikes in Putnam County

  • Sunday, August 15, 2021, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Saturday, October 16, 2021, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Hike Putnam 

Enjoy Putnam’s natural beauty on these free guided hikes!

Here in Putnam County there are so many beautiful natural places to explore. Numerous studies link walking in nature with improved mental and physical health, as well as stress relief. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County’s Master Gardener Volunteers will guide hikes on trails throughout the County beginning in August and running through November. Come learn more about natural heritage and discover the beauty of Putnam County.

These free, guided hikes will explore land-use, history, and invasive plants. Hikes will take place on a Saturday of each month (rain date the following Sunday) participants will embark together for a 1 ½ to 3 hour hike, depending on the location and the speed of the group. The tour guides will point out highlights along the way—describing the vegetation, invasive species, and wildlife, as well as historical significance of the area—in addition to answering questions from the audience.

August 14: RAIN DATE August 15th Hawk Rock at Whangtown Rd.

About a 4 mile loop over moderate terrain to Hawk Rock, a 30 foot high rock with petroglyphs. The loop follows the Horsepound Brook which is pristine area owned by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). There is a 200 ft rise in elevation. We'll also see the Old Mead Farm with stone chambers and farm ruins.

Pre-register here for August Hike at Hawk Rock

September 18: Wonder Lake State Park

8/18/21-This HIke is now full, please contact Pat to be put on the waiting list.

This is a 3.5 mile hike with a 200 foot ascent. We will see regenerated farmland and the Cushman/Montgomery private estate. Features include an engineered lake, succession pastures with reforestation, and old carriage trails. The lake is home to otter, barred owls, coyote and black bear. 

Pre-register here for:September Hike

October 16: Fahnestock State Park at Dennytown Rd.

A moderate mile hike. Features include a reforested mining area, Civilian Conservation Corps lakes and public works, and a vista. The hike has a 400 foot ascent.

Pre-register here for October Hike

November 6: Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area

A more challenging hike with waterfalls, and overlook, and a hemlock forest affected by the 2018 tornado. We'll discuss the land use history from the 1600s to the present. 

Pre-register here for November Hike

Though the hikes are free, reservations are necessary; space is limited.

Youth under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All hikers will need to sign a waiver. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County’s Master Gardener Volunteers in a healthy, stress-reducing activity in beautiful Putnam County.



Last updated August 18, 2021