Red Pine Pathway
The Red Pine Natural Area covers 164 acres, but it is the 34-acre grove of virgin pines in the middle, most of them red pine, that makes the preserve so unusual. The stand of old-growth pine is composed of huge 200-year-old trees with some of the white pine rivaling the trophies at Hartwick Pines State Park. But while Hartwick Pines attract thousands of visitors every year, at Red Pine Naturalk Area you're often be the only one on the trail.
Winding through the stand of ancient trees is the Red Pine Pathway, an interpretive trail with 16 stops corresponding to a brochure that can be downloaded from this site. The loop path is often referred to as a 1.3-mile or 1.5-mile hike but we found it to be a bit longer at 1.7 miles. No matter the distance, the trail is an easy hike through a grove of impressive trees.
|Difficulty - Easy|