This past weekend, more than 80 volunteers, visitors, and stakeholders hiked the Chuctanunda Trail in Amsterdam, NY. Historian Jerry Snyder and the Friends of the Chuck led a guided tour, starting at Saratoga Associates’ latest park project and trail head at the Amsterdam Free Library.
Described as a “hidden gem,” the Chuck Trail weaves through the City of Amsterdam, unveiling its industrial past, urban scenery, and waterfalls. The Trail links southside to northside along the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook and Riverlink Park. It then follows the Creek from the Amsterdam Free Library, through Guy Park, uphill along Market Street, past the Green Hill Cemetery, and north to the Power House. Notable places of interest along the Trail include, the AC&N Rail Road; the Kelloggs and Miller Linseed oil Company dam and waterfall; the man made canyon formed by Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Mill; and five waterfalls among countless scenic views.
The 3 mile urban trail walk began and ended at the Library, providing insight into the future use of the site as a park and trail head. The Trail is continually being improved with “Follow the Chuck” trail markers, informational signs, and seating areas. We look forward to our continued work with the City of Amsterdam, Friends of the Chuctanunda Creek, community and stakeholders.
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