Winter snowmelt brings booming spring waterfalls! This is the season to get out there and experience a sensational sight at Hyuck Preserve in Rensselaerville. Years ago I visited this preserve and it was just another hike. That was over the summer, and we must have had a dry year. Just last weekend I visited and was sincerely impressed with this waterfall only 40 minutes outside of Albany.
[From Albany take Delaware Ave all the way down, continue on 85 W towards Rensselaerville, Turn right onto Delaware Turnpike. When you reach town make a right and don’t blink, you might miss the preserve. Right before the bridge there is a gravel driveway which leads to the parking lot and trailhead.]
Walk just a minute or two from the parking lot and you will begin to hear the booming falls and feel the cool water changing the temperature of the air. Walk over the rustic red bridge and you will have a prime viewing spot.
This is a fantastic place to come with kids or for people who aren’t hiking experts because it is so fast and easy to get to the main attraction. The preserve is large and has so much more to offer than simply the falls, as spectacular as they are. Creek tributes are plump as pigs and are a beautiful turquoise shining in the sun.
There are trails that shoot off to other sections of the park from here which were very quiet. We took Ordway to Race Track to Wheeler-Watson and didn’t see a human soul, but encountered much wildlife and serene beauty. These woods were filled with jungle calls and fleeting sights of the pileated woodpeckers and the scat and tracks of deer. A small possibly seasonal pond housed turtles and a pair of mallards. These trails extend much further out towards the Partridge Path Loops, but we did not have a full day to indulge. From Wheeler a few minutes after passing an old small cemetery,
and headed back into the woods to find the faces of these very frogs which were so rowdy. We came to the epicenter of the volume, a boggy area. As close as we looked, no frogs would show themselves. We studied the area for a good amount of time, acclimating to the ceaseless clamor, yet no frog appeared. How do they do it? We did however see a few red efts
Lots of little pools to inspect and many bridges to ford muddy waters. As we completed the pond circuit we came to the Lake Trail West which would lead us back to the parking lot, about over a mile away. We noticed some pipes on a bridge with flip flops tied to them, and realized they were an instrument to jam on!
We had recently seen the Blue Man’s Group at Proctors and made our best impersonations. So much fun, what a special little gem. We had a truly wonderful time at Hyuck. I am so happy to have returned after many years of absence during the abundance of beauty in spring.