- City of Saratoga Springs
- Length: 2 miles
- Scenery: Wetland
- Terrain: Old Railroad Bed, Boardwalk
Trip Tip: Great Birding, but check yourself for ticks.
This trail was once a passenger railroad line that went from downtown Saratoga Springs to Saratoga Lake. With the help of volunteers, the Saratoga Open Space Project converted the railroad bed to a nature trail in 1993. The trail connects Route 29 and Meadow brook Road, cutting through three distinct wetland systems. This trail is a mellow walk just east of Downtown Saratoga Springs. This destination is an excellent spot for bird watching, jogging and great for the kids. There are benches along the trail. Interpretive signs provide history about the old railroad and the environment. Closer to the Meadow brook Road trailhead there is a boardwalk and viewing platform built through the wetland, although the access can be flooded. Numerous wild flowers and plants flourish along the trail, which include: May Apple, Marsh Marigold, Early Meadow Rue, Red Trillium, Trout Lily, Strawberry, Partridge Berry, Spotted Wintergreen and American Elm.
Directions: ROUTE 29
Drive east from Saratoga Springs on Lake Ave (Rte 29) past Walton’s Sport Shop and the Parting Glass. Continue under the Northway (I-87) past Weibel Ave. The trailhead parking area is less than a mile on the right.
Directions: MEADOWBROOK ROAD
From the Route 29 trailhead: Continue east on Route 29 to the first traffic light; make a right onto Stafford’s Bridge Rd. Take your first right onto Meadowbrook Rd; the parking area is a quarter mile on the right. Park here and walk up the road about 50 yards to the trailhead on the right.