Poesten Kill Bends Preserve

An Urban Forest for the People of Troy and Brunswick

The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance and Rensselaer Land Trust are now the

co-owners of an incredibly beautiful -- and surprisingly wild -- stretch of forest along the Poesten Kill creek in Troy and Brunswick. View the property on a

map here

This forest has been a haven for many species of wildlife as well as human neighbors for decades. Now, thanks to so much community support, it will remain so in the long term. As well, the wooded riparian zone will continue to mitigate flood waters and help our communities in the face of a changing climate. The land will serve more students, families, and community groups. 

About Poesten Kill Bends

The 76-acre property, made up of woodland and an open meadow, borders one mile of the Poesten Kill Creek behind Elmwood Hill Cemetery in Troy. The land is within walking distance of several schools, including Troy School 16, the Susan Odell Taylor School, Emma Willard School, and RPI, making for excellent educational opportunities.


Poesten Kill Bends is part of the larger Poesten Kill Midreach Aquatic Network, one of the most important aquatic corridors in Rensselaer County. The property is home to fox, fishers, owls, hawks, kingfishers, Pileated Woodpeckers, and other wildlife species. 

Several stone beaches make it a wonderful place for skipping stones and enjoying the water flow. 

What to Expect

Currently, there is no official entrance to the property. RPA and RLT are working together to determine parking and trails. Please stay tuned. If you have any questions about this process, or if you would like to be part of the volunteer community planning committee, please reach out to Jim Bonesteel, jim@rensselaerplateau.org  or (518) 712-9211.

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Photo: Annie Jacobs

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Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc.

Conservation Through Community

(518) 712-9211 | info@rensselaerplateau.org

Postal: PO Box 790, Averill Park, NY 12018

Office: 17 Old Route 66, Averill Park, NY 12018

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