Hiking events

Hiking and paddling events with FrOGS kick off on Sunday!

There are three FrOG-sponsored hiking and paddling events left in May, starting this Sunday (Mother’s Day!) with great weather forecasts. This will be a great opportunity to explore the impressive Gordon Douglas Reserve, owned by FrOGS and newly named. Please see detailed descriptions of May events below. Additionally, upcoming events in June include:

June 5: Waking of the Swamp Paddle at 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

June 26: Hike the Appalachian Trail from Route 55 past Nuclear Lake to Cat Rocks.
More details to be provided. Come enjoy the beauty of the Great Swamp! Hike to Gordon Douglas Preserve – West Side

Sunday, May 8, 9:30 a.m.

Meet at the MetroNorth Appalachian Trail station AT parking lot before the hike begins at 9:30 AM. The hike will take approximately 4 hours. This will be a strenuous hike on steep inclines and around rocks for experienced hikers. Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes/boots as a significant portion of the hike will be off trail. We will cross the boardwalk then leave the AT to walk along the west side of the Swamp River. Bring your own lunch (recommended) or snacks and plenty of fluids. No dogs allowed. Practice good prevention against tick bites (repellents, light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, trouser legs tucked into socks).

Highlights: We will explore rocky cliffs and pass a large glacial erratic. Hike over many types of terrain, including a 30% incline to the top of the mountain for spectacular views of the Gordon Douglas Reserve.

Registration: Please email Ken Luhman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend.
Suggested donation: $5/person

Directions: Park in lot at MetroNorth Appalachian Trail Station, just south of Native Landscaping on Route 22.

Guided paddle of the Green Chimneys on the East Fork of the Croton River
Sunday May 15, 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Green Chimneys launch site

Adult Member: $32 Fees (includes canoes, paddles, life jackets, insurance, lifeguard and FrOGS donation):


“Calm waters”, although canoes can capsize in inexperienced hands and the water is still cold. Excellent paddling opportunity for families with children. A qualified lifeguard will accompany the excursions.About 2 hours on the water. We will paddle north (upstream) from the launch site. Please note that it may be necessary to paddle over downed trees. Children must be at least 6 years old and be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance for check-in. No rain date, the paddle is Rain or Shine! Dress for the weather and remember it’s cooler out on the water. Bring your own drinks and snacks. This will be the only Green Chimneys paddle this year, which also means the only paddle event for children under 16

  • Non-member adult: $42
  • Youth member (6-14 years old): $15
  • Young non-member (6-14 years old): $18

To register, please click on https://friends-of-the-great-swamp.square.site/shop/canoe-kayak-trips/6. If you have any questions, please contact Ken Luhman by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

16 paddlers maximum per time slot (unless you bring your own canoe or kayak, paddles and life jackets), so please register in advance.

Directions: From the North: Turn left on Haviland Hollow Road, go 0.3 mile and turn right on E. Branch Road, after 2 miles turn right on Doansburg Road, go 0.3 mile and enter the launch site on the right. From the South: Turn right on Doansburg Road, travel 3 km and enter the launch site on the left.


Swamp River Guided Paddle
Sunday May 29, 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
DEC Launch Area Wheeler Road, Wingdale NY

Skill level: “Calm Waters” rating. Some canoeing experience is helpful but not essential as there is only a slight current and a few tight turns to manage. Canoes can capsize in inexperienced hands, but the water is shallow. There will be no accompanying lifeguard.

About 2 hours on the water. We will paddle south (upstream) and then north (downstream) to Rookery. Please note that it may be necessary to paddle over downed trees. No children under 16 allowed. Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance for check-in. No rain date, the paddle is Rain or Shine! Dress for the weather and remember it’s cooler out on the water. Bring your own drinks and snacks.

Fees (includes canoes, paddles, life jackets, insurance and FrOGS donation):
• Adult member: $12
• Non-member adult: $22

To register, please click on https://friends-of-the-great-swamp.square.site/shop/canoe-kayak-trips/6. If you have any questions, please contact Ken Luhman by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

16 paddlers maximum per time slot (unless you bring your own canoe or kayak, paddles and life jackets), so please register in advance.

Directions: Head north on Route 22. At Wingdale Station, turn left onto Wheeler Road. Look for a sign for parking on the right just after the railway line and before the closed bridge over the river. The nearest civic address is 109 Wheeler Road, across the river from the canoe launch site.