If you’re looking for new ways to get outside and get moving, you’re in luck because two Schenectady nature preserves have finally reopened!

With the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately, take advantage and enjoy some local nature. Plotterkill Preserve in Rotterdam and Indiankill Preserve in Glenville are finally open for the first time since February, according to the Daily Gazette. Though it’s a little more free because of the open air, social distancing guidelines still apply when encountering people on the trails.

They first opened in February, closed because of icy conditions, opened again in March, and then closed again because of the coronavirus. Plotterkill is more rugged with steep slopes and ledges near the trails.

Directions to the Indian Kill Preserve:
Go north on Rte 50 to Glenridge Road. Turn right on Glenridge Road and go 1.3 miles to traffic signal at Maple Ave. Turn left and go 0.4 miles to parking lot on left at junction of Maple Avenue and Hetcheltown Road. Parking is on the left.

Directions to Plotter Kill Preserve:
NYS Thruway to Exit 25. Take I-890 West to Campbell Rd (Exit 2a). From Campbell Road, turn right on Putnam Road. Go 1.7 miles to State Route 159 (Mariaville Road). Turn right on Route 159 and go 1.9 miles to the Reserve sign and parking lot on the right. The Coplon Road entrance is accessible from Mariaville Road.

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