Bennett Hill is a charming 155-acre nature preserve south of Albany near the Helderbergs. It rises 400 feet above the village of Clarksville below for a total elevation of about 1120 feet. In 1998 it was donated by veterinarian Dr. Jeremy Bilinski. It was a part of the original Bennett Hill Farm settled in the 1790s.
Old ranch houses and barns show you that yes, this land knows history. Ancient apple trees look across fields of Goldenrod and Queen Ann’s Lace to young little trees too weak to hold the heavy fruit upon their branches. They almost seem to chuckle and wave in the wind…
As you walk, you can see how fast rain waters erode the steep hillside, as well as a sadness that fills dying trees that have fallen or are being eaten by termites. However, as you continue on, you notice that the woods is changing. There is more life, as the woods seems to show you what it once was as the sand trail turns to flag-stone.
Blackberries and raspberries dot the sides near twisted limbs, butterflies flit, and hazelnuts and acorns are in the pricess of being gathered, and then an impromptu mud spring tub allows you a cool refreshment for tired feet.
Overall, it is a sight to be hold and to experience! Four different terrains of wood on a single hill overlooking apples.