"Ironically the Long Path trail was the vision of a Schenectadian," said McQueen. "I thought it was kind of ironic that he had the idea for the trail and it had never hit into Schenectady."
The Long Path will access 2.5 miles of the preserve for the trail rather than using nearby roadways. After a two-year study conducted by the Trail Conference and the National Park Service, the Long Path is now being built following the original route envisioned by Schaefer. Future plans for the trail involve extending it to the Mohawk River and into the Adirondacks. One obstacle in building the trail is acquiring privately owned land so roadways are avoided.
The new park area is also located near the Great Flats Aquifer, which is a main water source for the county, said McQueen, so the purchase will help protect an important water source for county residents.""