COVID-19 Response Update, August 19, 2020: The HMBC Board has decided to cancel all club field trips through September 30, 2020, with the exception of the Nighthawk counts on August 24 - 27, 2020 (special guidance applies -- see trip description for details). Details on virtual programs beginning in September will be available soon. We will continue to monitor New York State Executive Orders and guidance related to social-distancing requirements. As the details of orders and guidance are revised, we will re-evaluate whether or not to hold subsequent events. Please check frequently for any updates.


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Visit Reist Sanctuary

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The 111-acre Sanctuary is open to the public from dawn to dusk and contains several miles of well marked and well maintained trails. But, be aware that the trails may be muddy and awkward during wetter times. Please report any problems you discover (e.g. downed trees, blocked trails) to the HMBC Sanctuary Committee Chair. View the Sanctuary brocuhure or download an Adobe Acrobat (pdf) copy of the map and brochure.


  • From the Adirondack Northway (I-87) exit 6, drive west on SR 7 (Troy-Schenectady Road) for 6.6 miles. Turn left onto Morgan Avenue. Park in the area provided at the dead end.
  • From I-890 exit at Rt 7 and travel east for 2.2 miles. Turn right onto Morgan Avenue and park at the end.

Trailhead Locations

  • End of Morgan Ave.
  • Oakmont St. (Wheelchair access)
  • End of Thackerey Ct.
  • Brendan Lane
  • The Kelly Adirondack Center (897 St. David's Lane)

Be Aware

  • Poison Ivy and other poisonous plants occur in the Sanctuary.
  • Use precautions to protect yourself from ticks and mosquitoes.

Sanctuary Rules

  • The Sanctuary is a carry-in carry-out facility. Leave nothing behind.
  • All pets must be leashed
  • No camping
  • No hunting or trapping
  • No release of pet animals
  • No collecting or disturbing of plants and animals
  • No removing rock, soil or wood
  • No dumping or littering
  • No fires
  • No vehicles of any kind, including ATVs, snowmobiles, bicycles, tricycles or motorcycles
  • No horses
  • No use of paintball equipment
  • No loudspeakers -- earphones only.

Educational and research programs and proposals are welcomed. A large file of information about the Sanctuary, including a flora and avifauna, is available for your guidance. Wheelchair access is available at the Oakmont Street trailhead. Please direct inquiries and informational contributions to the HMBC Sanctuary Committee Chair.

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