Tivoli Bays, Red Hook Hike

Marsh and mountain views, peaceful and scenic trails, a hike at Tivoli Bays [Follow the dirt road to the parking lot at the end of Cruger Island Road, Red Hook] is a dream.

tivoli_bays_red_hook_hike_1Just an hour south of Albany, and a stone throw from Bard College, miles of hiking trails run through the woods and waters edge. There was no map at my trailhead, so I just set off following the blue blazes by shore of the marsh. Upon further research I found the trail map online and discovered my hike was on the North Bay Trail, two miles round trip, out and back. Initially the view of the wetlands was wide open, a heron took off before I could snap a shot.

tivoli_bays_red_hook_hike_Soon though, you will enter the woods and the blue mountains will become a distant memory.

tivoli_bays_red_hook_hike_2Exchange them for the quiet wonders of the forest. From above I watched and listened to the raging winter waters.

tivoli_bays_red_hook_hike_5To my surprise further down the road a waterfall appeared, furiously falling down heading towards the Hudson River.

tivoli_bays_red_hook_hike_6While I didn’t see many birds in the trees, I found their feathers on the floor.

tivoli_bays_red_hook_hike_4Tiny perfect speckled feathers, I wonder what type of bird they belonged to. The North Bay Trail was lovely as can be on a crisp day. I would like to return to see what beauty the other miles of paths in the preserve hold!

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