Hannacroix Creek Preserve Located in New Baltimore, NY about 20 minutes south of Albany, NY. Do not confuse it with Hanncroix revine in Voorheeseville , NY There are 4 main trails in the Hannacroix Creek Preserve. For details of each trail check out their main website. If you are looking for nice trails for hiking with kids, this is a great one especially for new and/or young hikers.
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Hiking with kids Hannacroix Creek Preserve
The Hannacroix Preserve hike from the main parking lot, will start with a fairly steep hill but after this it’s a much easier hike mostly on a gravel path. It’s about 1.5 miles round trip.
The Hannacroix trail offers smaller paths to the creek where you can stop and explore. We saw what we think was a crayfish scurry away but that was about it. I was anxious to get to the falls so I hurried us along. The stream is very shallow easy to walk through and this is not the area for Hannacroix Creek Swimming, you will need to go up further in front of the waterfall.
Continue until you see the old paper mill. There’s a steep path down to the creek. If you continue straight on the path above through large rocks you will get to the top of the falls.
Hannacroix Water Fall
Hanacroix Creek Swimming is not uncommon in the hot summer months. The water in front of the Hanancroix Waterfall is deep and due to currents, I strongly recommend life jackets for kids if you plan to swim. Sign’s at the entrance say no swimming along with some other rules. However, it seems to be common and the area on their website is even called a swimming hole, so I believe it’s more for liability purposes so swim at your own risk.
Tips for Hanacroix Creek Preserve Hiking with Kids
- Visit Hannacroix water fall on a hot day if you plan to get into the water as its very cold.
- Bring life jackets for kids.
- wear water shoes as the rocks are incredibly slippery.
Hannacroix Creek Preserve Fall Foliage & Spring
While summer is great if you want to hit up the swimming hole. Hannacroix Creek is nice to visit in the spring time after the snow has melted. Hannacroix Creek Fall Foliage can also be a lovely time to visit and enjoy being surrounded by the beautiful leaves.
Check out these other Fun Adventures in the Capital District including more great spots for Hiking with Kids.
- Thompson Lake State Park
- Grafton Lakes State Park
- Hiking with kids: Christman Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary
- Wild Play at Thacher Park