CATSKILL — The Greene Land Trust received great news, the scenic trail at the Mawignack Preserve is being welcomed as part of the Greenway Trail System.
The one-mile loop trail at the Mawignack Preserve takes visitors through upland woodlands, along part of the railroad bed for the Catskill Railroad, through the low meadows once farmed by the Mohicans, and to the shores of the Catskill Creek that inspired Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. Five interpretive signs that help visitors understand the trail’s connection with the site’s history were recently installed at the Preserve.
“These new interpretive signs are a vital addition to Mawignack Preserve, and will undoubtedly serve to inform visitors of the profound cultural and historical significance of this beautiful natural space,” said Jonathan Palmer, Assistant Greene County Historian.
The Greene Land Trust worked with Scenic Hudson, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Greene County Historical Society and the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans to develop interpretive signs that provide visitors with an appreciation for the property’s natural and cultural values. Funding for the interpretive signs was provided in part by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund through a 2018 grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway.
As a designated Greenway Trail, the Mawignack Preserve trail is now part of a network of multi-use trails developing along both sides of the Hudson River. The Greenway Trail links historic sites, parks, downtown areas, and open spaces, connecting residents and visitors to the resources of the Hudson Valley.
“The Mawignack Preserve Trail, with its significant historical, cultural and environmental qualities, is an exciting addition to the Greenway Trail System,” said Scott Keller, Executive Director, Hudson River Valley Greenway. “This scenic, gentle trail provides local community members and tourists access to the natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley. We welcome and celebrate the addition of the Mawignack Preserve to the Greenway Trail System!”
The Mawignack Preserve is located on Snake Road on Catskill Creek in the Town of Catskill and is part of a 144-acre parcel along Catskill Creek that was acquired by Scenic Hudson in 2016. The Mawignack Preserve in managed by the Greene Land Trust.