I've written a number of times about how lucky we are to have a jewel like Moreau Lake State Park in our backyards. Hiking, boating, hunting, swimming, picnicking, you name it, there are parts of the park perfect for pretty much any outdoor activity.
State officials announced Thursday that the park is being expanded by an additional 131 acres, and this new land will include a new peak with a hiking trail that will offer some nice views.
The new acreage will include Palmertown Mountain, a small peak of about 1,100 feet elevation that sits to the northeast of the boat launch off Spier Falls Road.
I've seen this hill from the river when kayaking, and wondered what kind of views it will offer. State officials say it will offer "dramatic views of the Hudson Valley and southern Adirondack Mountains."
According to the governor's office, the state Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation plans to create a new trailhead and parking area at the Sherman Island Boat Launch on Spier Falls Road to provide access the new parkland. Connections to existing trails will create new long-distance hiking opportunities, including the planned Palmertown Range trail, which would link the park to Saratoga Springs. The land will also be open to hunting in season.
Numerous local elected officials praised the addition to the park in a news release issued Thursday.
"Moreau Lake State Park is one of the Capital Region's most treasured outdoor recreational facilities. Residents and visitors alike visit to enjoy the trails, scenic views and diverse wildlife population, and adding even more acreage to this park will only further attract visitors to experience the natural beauty of our state," state Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, said.
-- Don Lehman