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4 Hidden Gems in Ballston Spa & Malta

While we could probably argue that Ballston Spa and Malta are, in and of themselves, hidden gems in the Capital Region, we want to go a step further and introduce you to the best spots in this picturesque area.

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Flat-Water Paddling Near Ballston Spa and Malta

Tour Ballston Lake by Kayak, Canoe, or Paddleboard

If you like being out on the water, you'll love the 3.5 mile paddle along Ballston Lake. Once part of the Mohawk River before it changed course, you can literally see the history of the water as you paddle along. Mostly residential, Ballston Lake is much quieter than its northern neighbor, Saratoga Lake.

Explore the Kayaderosseras Creek Kayak and Canoe Trail

Start at Kelly Park in Ballston Spa and wind your way all the way to Saratoga Lake. Depending on the time of year and water level, this paddle can be gentle to moderate. Once the Kayaderosseras was a river large enough to power several area mills. Now it is a smaller, gentle creek-like river in a beautiful rural setting, full of local flora and fauna.

Ballston Spa Hikes and Bikes

Enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike on the Ballston Veterans Bike Trail

One of 1600 converted rail trails in the US, the Ballston Veterans Bike Trail is a great place to run, bike, play, or walk your dog. The path is flat and straight, and marks the historic Schenectady-Saratoga trolley route.

Visit the 100 Acre Wood in Malta's Luther Forest Technology Campus

No, you probably won't stumble upon Christopher Robin, but Malta's 100 Acre Wood is an excellent group of scenic walking trails that make use of old logging routes. Open 7:30-sunset, the 100 Acre Wood is a great place to take a lunchtime walk or bring the kids for a family-friendly hike.

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