Minekill hosts eagle hike

Gilboa — Clarence Putman, a member of the Friends of Mine Kill and Max V. Shaul state parks, the Long Path Hiking Club, and former DEC Forester, will lead a hike to an eagles’ nest adjacent to the lower Blenheim-Gilboa reservoir at Mine Kill State Park on Saturday, May 19.

Starting at 10:00 a.m. at Nickerson Park Campground at 378 Stryker Road in Gilboa, the hike will be about one mile out and back and will last for about two hours, with a stop to observe the eagles and eaglets from a point that is approximately one quarter of a mile from the nest. The hike will be suitable for adults and children over the age of seven and will cover moderate terrain along the Long Path Hiking Trail. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, and bring their choice of insect repellant. Participants are invited to bring binoculars, a camera, and a bag lunch. The guided hike will be free of charge, and reservations are appreciated.
Mine Kill State Park has many programs scheduled in the coming months. For information about the programs, call the park office at 518 827-6111, visit nysparks.com, or check out Mine Kill on Facebook.

Mine Kill State Park is located in the scenic Schoharie Valley overlooking the Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. The reservoir provides excellent fishing and boating opportunities. The eight miles of trails, including trails from the park to the NYPA Visitor Center, are great for hiking, biking and birding. Cascading 80 feet through a narrow gorge is the picturesque Mine Kill Falls for which the park is named. The park also has an Olympic sized swimming pool with separate wading and diving pools.

For those who would like to extend their visit, nearby Max V. Shaul State Park is a small, quiet camping area with 30 wooded tent and trailer sites, picnic grounds, playing fields and a playground. In addition to the Max V. Shaul trails and fishing opportunities, campers have free access to Mine Kill State Park.

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 178 state parks and 35 historic sites. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518 474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.