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Dutch Farming Heritage Trail

Satellite map with red line indicating trail location
The Dutch Farming Heritage Trail spans between the park and the Van Alen house

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The Dutch Farming Heritage Trail is a roughly 3 mile loop trail that extends from Martin Van Buren National Historic Site to the historic Van Alen House operated by the Columbia County Historical Society. The trail is passes through a mixture of woods and farmlands along its length whcich also has a few interpretive signs to document the history of farming in this area. The path can be begun at trail heads either in front of or behind the Visitor Center. I is mildly hilly, and can be muddy after periods of heavy rain. It is a great option for spending some time outdoors, and is particularly popular with birders.
Details
The duration of the hike is up to your walking speed and what you may see along the way! 
The Dutch Farming Heritage Trail is a roughly three mile looping nature trail. The trail travels between Martin Van Buren National Historic Site and the Van Alen House which is managed by the Columbia County Historical Society. The trail passes through both woods and farmland along its route. The route also passes a few interpretive signs which provide information about the long history of agriculture in this area. The trail is mildly hilly, and can be muddy after heavy rains as it nears the Kinderhook Creek. A great option if you would like to spend some time outside, the trail is paticularly popular with birders especially in migration season!
As the trail heads off park property and on to neighboring farmland and private property, pets are not allowed.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The trail begins at either end of the loop either in front of or behind the visitor center on the north end of the park. Both entrances to the trail are marked with brown signs.
The trail is open all year round! Be sure to check on weather conditions before setting out! Wear waterproof boots if there has been recent rain or snowshoes if there is an abundance of snow!
Although the trail has no set closing time park grounds are open until sunset each day.
Accessibility Information
This trail is not handicap accessible.

Last updated: May 16, 2021