Monday, July 2, 2018

Featured Trail: Grandmother Tree Trail, Warrensburg

grandmother tree trailThe accessible Grandmother Tree Trail is located at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Pack Demonstration Forest in Warrensburg, Warren County.

The moderately level mile long trail is completely accessible to those using wheelchairs. The trail traverses a 50-acre natural area and old-growth hemlock-white pine forest including the historic Grandmother Tree. The enormous white pine is about 175 feet tall and over 300 years old.

Pack Forest was named after Charles Lathrop Pack, who gave it to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to be used as a teaching and demonstration forest. Today, Pack Forest is still used as a teaching forest by SUNY as well as a DEC Summer Camp.

Getting There: 276 Pack Forest Road, Warrensburg, NY 12885.

Take the Northway I-87 to Exit 23 (Warrensburg/Diamond Point). Turn left and then right onto US-9. Proceed through the town of Warrensburg. Go straight through the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rt. 28, and approximately a ¼ mile after the intersection turn left at the large white sign reading “Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest.” Follow the driveway slowly (15 mph) to camp, approximately 1.2 miles. Signs mark the way to the parking lot and Grandmother Tree Trail.

Featured trails are recommended by DEC. Map of Grandmother Tree Trail courtesy Adirondack Atlas.

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