Posted on August 11, 2014 and last updated on August 22, 2017

Stetser Preserve, Jefferson


  • Preserve Size: 150 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 2.3 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: pond

This 150-acre preserve seemed a little unloved and neglected when I explored it. The trail when I visited in 2014 was rough — if I lost sight of the tree blazes, sometimes it was hard to know where to go. The loop is about 1.6 miles. The short trail to the pond was better kept — and the pond is pretty, although the shore was thick with vegetation. Across the street from the trail head is the fantastic Hidden Valley Nature Center. 

Directions: From Route 194 Alna, take the Egypt Road (just south of the Alna Post office) and follow for 2.5 miles to kiosk and parking area on the right. From Route 215 in Jefferson, take the Egypt Road and follow for 1.25 miles to kiosk and parking area on left.

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Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!