Dyken Pond Center remains open for individual and family hiking on our six miles of trails. Should you arrive to a full parking lot, please consider visiting a different park or returning when the lot is less crowded. Please do not park along the road or on the grass. For the safety of all, please keep a social distance of six feet between yourself and others. Our bathroom is open, but remember that it is only as clean as the last person who used it. Our office is closed to the public.
Nature is resilient and we are too. We are currently planning a great summer season of activities and fun when we’ll see you again!
We are raising $40,000 to purchase 37 acres of land known as the
“Balsam Tract”. Read about it here.
Welcome to the Shared Website of the
Rensselaer County Dyken Pond
Environmental Education Center and the
Friends of Dyken Pond Center, Ltd.
Together, Rensselaer County and the Friends of Dyken Pond collaborate to provide high quality environmental education, outdoor recreation and youth development opportunities at this special place called Dyken Pond.
Located in Grafton, New York, we are in the midst of the Rensselaer Plateau, an area of high elevation and New York’s fifth largest unfragmented forest. Over thirty-three ecological communities are found on the property, ranging from beech-maple forests to spruce-fir swamps, beaver ponds and vernal pools. This variety offers visitors an exciting blend of places to explore and enjoy.
We are a low-use recreational area. Open during daylight hours, the park features over 6 miles of trails for hiking, bird watching and nature photography, with a launch for non-motorized boats, and areas on the shoreline for great fishing. Four short trails are self-guiding, allowing you to learn of our plants and animals at your own pace. There is no swimming, open fires or collecting of any kind.
Visit, Play, Learn, Connect