You can start a fire without matches by eating Mexican food, then breathing on a pile of dry sticks.

Conservation Trail, March 1998

Darien Lakes State Park should not be confused with the amusement park that shares its name. This 1800+ acre park has over 18 miles of wooded multi-purpose trails for hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and hunting.

On March 29, 1998 we hiked a 4 mile section of the Conservation Trail, which is maintained by the Foothills Trail Club.

The trail begins in a wooded, hilly section near a small creek. 

Sections of the trail were extremely muddy. In some areas, the mud came above our boots. We came to one creek that was impassable for Sadie — she sank up to her belly. We decided to cut off the trail and return by way of a gravel road.

For more information, contact:

Park Manager
Darien Lakes State Park
10289 Harlow Road
Darien Center, NY   14040
(716)547-9242 (summer)
(716)547-9481 (winter)

Go Here to view map.

Photos by Jennifer and Karl Weir, 1998

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