Christman Sanctuary

Capital Region, New York

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Christman Sanctuary


  • The parking area at Christman Sanctuary.- Christman Sanctuary
  • A trailhead with signs and trail maps.- Christman Sanctuary
  • Restrictions for the area.- Christman Sanctuary
  • Information and the map at the trailhead.- Christman Sanctuary
  • The beginning of the trail.- Christman Sanctuary
  • Measures are sometimes taken to ease the effect of mud season.- Christman Sanctuary
  • One of the views from the trail.- Christman Sanctuary
  • Planks along the trail to avoid mud. Not all areas along the trail are free of mud.- Christman Sanctuary
  • The blue trail takes you along the creek to see the bounty of waterfalls.- Christman Sanctuary
  • A footbridge with a dedication.- Christman Sanctuary
  • The dedication plaque.- Christman Sanctuary
  • Planks to help hikers avoid mud and preserve the trails.- Christman Sanctuary
  • An abundance of newts can be found along the trails.- Christman Sanctuary
  • The beginning of the yellow trail that leads to the lean-to and main waterfall.- Christman Sanctuary
  • Vegetation growing along the trail.- Christman Sanctuary
  • The dedication plaque.- Christman Sanctuary
  • A lean-to near the main falls.- Christman Sanctuary
  • Bozenkill Falls, the 30-foot star attraction here.- Christman Sanctuary
  • A small waterfall on a rock wall shows some of the geology of the area.- Christman Sanctuary
  • A second waterfall along the Bozenkill.- Christman Sanctuary
  • Looking up the creek.- Christman Sanctuary
  • Another of the 12 total waterfalls that can be seen along the blue trail.- Christman Sanctuary
  • A three-way junction. Plenty of trails allow for a full day of exploring.- Christman Sanctuary
  • Steps on the Yellow Trail leading to the Will Christman Memorial.- Christman Sanctuary
  • The Will Christman Memorial.- Christman Sanctuary
  • Memorial plaques for Will Christman and his wife are located in a small area along the Yellow Trail.- Christman Sanctuary
  • Bozenkill Falls as seen in fall.- Christman Sanctuary
Overview + Weather
Well-maintained trails. Large area reduces congestion.
Small parking area.
Capital Region, NY
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
157.48 ft (48.00 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
784.12 ft (239.00 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Christman Sanctuary in Duanesburg, New York, is a 120-acre preserve protected by The Nature Conservancy that is open to the public year round. While the preserve is known for its 30-foot waterfall, Bozenkill Falls, there are 2 miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Bozenkill Falls is the star waterfall attraction, but there are also many other smaller, picturesque waterfalls along the Blue Trail, which parallels the Bozenkill Creek. To get to Bozenkill Falls, follow the Blue Trail to the junction of the Yellow Trail and continue on the Yellow Trail until you reach the falls. There is also a lean-to there for shelter.

The 0.8-mile Blue Trail loops from the parking area along the creek and back. The small Yellow Trail leads to the falls and also a memorial dedicated to Will Christman and his wife. Christman devoted his life to farming, nature writing, poetry, and seeing his farm transformed into a nature sanctuary. The 1.1-mile Orange Trail crosses the creek at a junction with the Blue Trail and leads out to a large field where his plantations can be found. Note that in times of high water, the creek may not be traversable.

The trails here are moderate and well marked. There is some degree of incline with minimal elevation gain. The blue trail was recently improved with planks crossing areas that had been prone to mud.

As you explore these trails, keep an eye out for various wildlife and flora. In the summer you’ll find the creek to be teeming with crawfish and a number of newts on the trail.

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