Something I’ve been trying to do more and more this summer is to appreciate the beautiful world that we live in. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology as much as the next person, but there was a time that I would stay in my bed on my phone checking various social media platforms instead of enjoying the sunny day right outside my window.
While I no longer do that, I still find that it is so easy to get absorbed in our own little cyberspace worlds that we take all that nature has to offer for granted. This hike was one that really made that hit home for me and I plan on seeking out many more like it (if you know of any, please let me know!).
Sam’s Point Preserve is a hike that is in upstate New York and is absolutely stunning. To be fair, I think that this hike has everything that you could possibly want all wrapped up in one. There are cliffs with breathtaking views, waterfalls, easy-to-walk path and ice caves (seriously, I didn’t know it was possible to find all this in one place).
What To Wear:
Of course, athletic wear is definitely recommended. I would opt for a loose fitting shirt because this is not an easy hike and you will be sweating. A hat is also a good idea to keep you shaded and cool. Don’t wear your favorite pair of sneakers but instead go for an old pair you don’t care about if you don’t have hiking boots. There are slippery areas (the ice caves) so this isn’t a hike to “look cute” on if you want to get the full experience.
What to Bring:
W A T E R!!!! You will thank me later when you’re lugging around some extra bottles. Pack snacks and lunch because this is easily a 2 hour minimum hike and you’ll want to stay fueled and energized. Also pack some hand sanitizer (something I last-minute thought to bring) because you’ll be touching railings and other things that many people have touched so you’ll want to clean your hands before eating. If it’s sunny (or even if it isn’t) bring sunscreen! I neglected to do this and ended up with a beautiful red on my shoulders (ha ha).
Parking: Since this is part of a state park, there is a parking lot that costs $10 (I promise it’s more than worth it).
If you aren’t too far away, seriously make the effort to go here. You’ll thank me later.