The Black Creek Preserve is a 130-acre woodland tract in the Town of Esopus. It features a hemlock forest mixed with hardwoods, old stone walls, and vistas of the Hudson River from a riverfront viewpoint. For a family-friendly hike, you can’t beat Black Creek Preserve.
Yes, the steep uphill climb at the start may make the under-10 contingent groan, but they’ll love crossing the suspension bridge that spans the creek and skipping stones on the Hudson River shoreline.
In between, have them watch out for wildlife — from blueback herring, which journey from the ocean to deposit their eggs in Black Creek, to bald eagles.
By the time the Gallatin reaches its junction with the Jefferson and Madison to form the Missouri, it has been whittled down from a boisterous mountain river to a mere shadow of itself. Stripped of volume for irrigation, it has also been stripped of its spirit. By August, as flows become minimal, trout become vulnerable to being over stressed, and thus “hoot owl” restrictions come into effect, limiting fishing hours from midnight to 2pm. Together we await the return of winter snows and the following spring melt, when the river can race once more, full of life, on its 120 mile journey.
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