Ever get the feeling that you have found the perfect place?
Sure its public, but somehow the spot seems to be off the radar.
That's what we learned about Schodack Island State Park this past weekend.
Tucked alongside approximately seven miles of the Hudson River in Schodack Landing, the park, which has also been designated as state estuary, is situated on more than 1,000 acres of field, forest and riverfront. A portion of the park shelters a Bird Conservation Area, which is home to bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons that nest in the cottonwood trees.
The park also features boat launches, eight miles of multi-use trails*, volleyball nets, picnic areas with grills, playground and restroom facilities.
We went on a beautiful day that was interrupted only momentarily with sun showers, and it was almost as if we had the place to ourselves.
Cost: $6 per carload.
*note to hikers: stay on the path (there is poison ivy) and beware of mud wasps.