The Moh-He-Con-Nuck Nature Preserve

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Frothingham Lake

Sloppy and slippery, the town of Bethlehem has a new set of walking trails. Our legs buckled under the melting snow smudged with deer and dog tracks but we got a hardy workout.

The Moh-He-Con-Nuck Nature Preserve is located on Route 144 between Simmons Road and the Glenmont Job Corps just a few miles south of Albany. The 53-acre parcel includes 1.2 miles of walking trails in an area once hunted, fished and lived on by the Mohican Indians. The name means “people of waters that are never still.”

Unfortunately there is no trail access to the Hudson River but future phrases look promising. Instead, a portion of the spring-fed Frothingham Lake has a nice shoreline with a diverse habitat perfect for snapping turtles, frogs and ducks. Majority of the lake butts up against residential property so it appears that the pedestrian bridge across from the yellow trail loop is off limits.

The park lends itself well to non-motorized activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and trailblazing but we saw the remains of environmentally-unfriendly snowmobiles and hoped that the culprit was caught.