Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
48.00 m (157.48 ft)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Well-maintained trails. Large area reduces congestion.

Cons

Small parking area.

Trailhead Elevation

784.12 ft (239.00 m)

Features

Historically significant
Waterfalls
Bird watching
Wildlife
Wildflowers
Shelters

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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