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Local residents discover wintry wonders at Stone Bridge & Caves

Paul Curtis of the Glens Falls area leads his brother Roger and their wives down a trail Jan. 4 at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves of Pottersville during the venue’s Community Day event.
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Paul Curtis of the Glens Falls area leads his brother Roger and their wives down a trail Jan. 4 at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves of Pottersville during the venue’s Community Day event. Courtesy photo Photo by Thom Randall.

— Embarking on snowshoe expeditions, about 50 area residents explored the vast acreage of Natural Stone Bridge & Caves during the venue’s Community Day held Saturday Jan. 4.

People from all walks of life traversed one or more of the variety of trails, a total of 12.5 miles of them — and returned for a bonfire, complete with a marshmallow roast and the warm welcome of the Beckler family, proprietors of the noted attraction.

Over half of those attending Community Day — a complimentary gesture to local residents — obtained season passes with the intent to return and explore further on the trail system and experience more of the natural wonders the Stone Bridge property features, Greg Beckler said.

All of those attending the event snowshoed the Natural Stone Bridge Cave trail, and viewed the largest cave entrance in eastern U.S. as well as the frozen waterfalls nearby.

Some of the snowshoers walked the trail beside Trout Brook, which hosts an active beaver colony. Others explored the venue’s Hidden Trail system, which entails a moderately steep climb, to see dramatic natural vistas.

Other participants hiked up Catamount Hill and Green Hill, in three to four-hour excursions that offered panoramic wintry views.

Beckler said he was happy to host the Community Day to give more local people a glimpse of the many attributes of Natural Stone Bridge & Caves property, which encompasses 1,000 acres.

“They really enjoyed their experience, and I am expecting they will be telling their friends and family members about the diversity of terrain and things to see here at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves.”

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