Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hiking Macsherry Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands:
The Macsherry Trail
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Since the Macsherry Trail was our introduction to hiking in the Thousand Islands it seems like an appropriate place to start in introducing trails to our fellow hikers. This intro will be a little longer than others because this trail and its namesake have come to have a special place in our hearts.  The trail is located on the 1,525 acre Crooked Creek Preserve in the town of Hammond.  You can find it by taking Rt. 12 to the Kring Point State Park exit, and turn north toward the river. Take an immediate right onto Indian Point Road, and you will find a parking area in less than a mile on the right.  That is where you will find the trailhead. A short way in, you will also find a kiosk with more trail information. The Macsherry Trail consists of a 1.5 mile and a 3 mile loop through wetlands and woods, passing a beaver pond, crossing several bridges and ending  at Crocked Creek with a magnificent view of Chippewa Bay before looping back to the parking area.

Link to Trail Map (PDF)

The Crooked Creek Preserve is one of the largest Class 1 wetlands along the St. Lawrence River and has been designated as an area of international significance by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The Macsherry Trail is open year-round to the public for hiking, exploring, and enjoying some inspiringly lovely scenery.  The land is owned by the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT).  It was donated to TILT by the children of Dick and Mary Macsherry in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Link to TILT - https://tilandtrust.org/explore/preserves-trails/crooked-creek-preserve
The trail was built on the site of an old Boy Scout Camp and was first opened to the public in August, 2000. However, it wasn’t until a few years ago that Bob and I discovered the Macsherry trail for ourselves.  We opted for the full 3-mile trail which took us through what seemed like an unending variety of environments, twists and turns following the well-marked trail.  The prize, for us, came when we suddenly stepped out of the thick woods and arrived at the edge of Crooked Creek. An obvious photo op!

We were curious about who the Macsherrys were since this a name we frequently hear up in the Thousand Islands. We very quickly discovered that the Macsherrys are extremely well known throughout the North Country for their generosity and their life of philanthropy. Richard Macsherry passed away in late 2017 at 99. He and his wife left a legacy of charitable giving that has touched countless lives. Here are a couple of articles that celebrate the life of Richard Macsherry.



Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Macsherry for your example of generosity to us all.  We hope to meet you one day at the trail’s end.  In the meantime, we’ll be hiking the Macsherry Trail!

Be sure to see Hiking the Thousand Islands...Introduction.