SCENIC TOUR S - A Little Nature
Settled in the early 18th century, Duanesburg still remains a characteristically rural area. The town's layout is much the same as it was throughout the 19th century -- large farmsteads with hamlets and villages.
This 697-acre State Forest was named after George W. Featherstonhaugh who practiced scientific farming, crop rotation, held county fairs with agricultural competitions and served as the first US geologist and agricultural commissioner. He is also considered the father of the steam railroad. Recreational opportunities include hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife viewing.
The 102 acre forest serves as a multi-recreational property where the public can hike, hunt, fish, cross-country ski and snowshoe. This preserve is historically significant as one of James Duane's original Great Lots where remains of stonewalls, a farm house foundation and a small family cemetery can be found.