BlenheimAutumn
Hike along many miles of marked trails.

BlenheimStream
Wade in the cool, clear streams.

 

Overview

Blenheim’s scenic beauty, access to outdoor recreation, and location within a wealth of state forest lands are highly valued by the community.  There are two primary town parks in Blenheim.  One park is located behind the Town Hall, offering picnic tables, a pavilion, and community-wide access to the creek.  The second, Bridge Park is the most active community open-space area within the hamlet.  This park is commonly used as an outdoor gathering space for Blenheim community events and picnics.

Proximity to Capital District and NYC – All distances are approximate: 40 miles from the Capital District; 150 miles from NYC; 225 miles from Boston; 240 miles from Philadelphia; 270 miles from Montreal; 275 miles from Ottawa; 375 miles from Washington, DC and Toronto. Other metropolitan areas within 400 miles include: Providence, RI; Hartford, CT; Syracuse, NY; Rochester, NY; and Buffalo, NY.

Streams running through the Town are the Schoharie Creek, Mill Creek, West Kill, Mine Kill, Betty Brook, Cole Brook, and Doney Hollow Creek.

Forest Land
Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest

 Located in Schoharie County on Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest, Looking Glass Pond provides opportunities for fishing and boating. Accessible features include a pathway to the pond with a canoe launch, and fishing pier.

Directions:
From points North: Take St. Hwy. 30 South of Fultonham. Make a right onto West Fulton Road (sign at that junction shows Looking Glass Pond). Follow West Fulton Road to Rossman Hill Road. Make a left onto Rossman Hill Road and follow to Looking Glass Pond.

From points South: Take St. Hwy. 30 North of Blenheim. Make a left onto West Fulton Road and proceed as above.

Other access points and camping sites located off West Kill Road.

Max V. Shaul State Park
Rt. 30 Fulton, NY

Max V. Shaul State Park is a small, quiet camping area with 30 wooded tent and trailer sites. The park has shady picnic grounds, as well as playing fields and a playground. There is a nature and hiking trail, fishing is allowed in Panther Creek and winter visitors can cross-country ski. Also,  a car top boat/fishing access trail to the Schoharie Creek was established in 2011.

There is free access for campers to Mine Kill State Park to enjoy the beautiful Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir, Mine Kill Falls, and miles of trails. Minekill State Park has an Olympic size pool, wading pool and a diving pool available at no cost to campers with a valid camping permit.

Park Pet Rule:
Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Rabies vaccination and proof of same required. Not permitted in buildings. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Long Path – Hike the Long Path

Extending 356 miles from Ft. Lee historical park in New Jersey to NY Route 146 in Altamont, near Albany, the Long Path is a thread connecting many of New York’s parks, preserves, and State Forest Lands.

The Long Path (aqua blaze) begins in Ft. Lee, New Jersey.  Crosses into Rockland County, New York.  Enters Harriman State Park.  Joins the Shawangunk Ridge Trail in Greenville.  Crosses the Rondout Valley to traverse Catskill Park.

North of Gilboa, the trail follows the western ridge of the Beautiful Schoharie Valley.  The trail passes through Mine Kill Falls State Park and the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center of the New York State Power Authority.  Then heads west, then north through another series of reforestation areas of Blenheim, NY.  

East of Patria, the Long Path descends into the Schoharie Valley crossing Vroomansland then ascends Vroomans Nose.

Past the cliffs, the trail leaves Schoharie Valley and heads east.  It crosses State Forests to reach Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area in Albany County.    The current official northern terminus of the Long Path is Rt. 146 in Altamont.