Three Rivers is a pretty soggy place in general, flat and poorly drained. The NYSDEC has implemented various management activities over the years to enhance habitat for game species, so there are large areas maintained as open fields and lots of impoundments for waterfowl. The Berm Trail (drumroll...) follows a berm along the banks of some sort of man-made waterway. It looks like a miniature canal, but is probably just a drainage ditch of some sort. The trail is actually a single track for much of the length (rather than a two-track or woods road) which dramatically increases its charm. The water features add visual interest, as well, especially in early spring before leaf out. There are signs of beaver activity in the area, but we didn't see any today. I did spy a muskrat, though.
It is a short loop, approximately 1.5 miles from the parking area on Potter Road around the impoundment and back. After we got back, we had some time to hang out on the pavement just past the barrier (the only car-free spot dry enough to sit down) to snack the boys and let Alden out of the carrier. The little guy is utterly obsessed with walking, so after he ate, he got in a little hike of his own. Go, Alden, go! I was disappointed about the lack of snow this winter, but I'm certainly not complaining about this beautiful spring weather.
|setting out down the closed part of Potter Road|
|looking north along the drainage ditch|
|heading south along the Berm Trail|
|there was very little green on this hike, so this moss really stood out|
|grabbing at twigs|
|The water was surprising deep in this channel - above Frankie's head.|
|we parked at the barrier at the end of Potter Road and did a clockwise loop|