The 102 acre forest serves as a multi-recreational property where the public can hike, hunt, fish,
cross-country ski, and snowshoe. This preserve is historically significant as one of James
Duane’s original Great Lots where remains of stonewalls, a farm house foundation and a small
family cemetery can be found.
The Preserve is comprised of a number of habitats, including native hardwood forest, a red pine
plantation, and a man-made pond that was created in 1982. Many wildflowers bloom in the
spring, such as jack-in-the-pulpit, red trillium, and ten fern species.
Driving directions may vary. From downtown Schenectady, drive south on Broadway into
Rotterdam. At the junction with route 7, Princetown Rd., and Mariaville Rd., proceed on
Mariaville Rd. Go past the Plotterkill Preserve parking area. In Duanesburg, take a left on Lake
Rd. Schenectady County Forest is about 1 mile on the right. There is parking for about eight