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Saratoga Hiking and Nature Trails & Preserves

Editor's Note: Please follow the DEC and CDC guidelines to adhere to social distancing while recreating outdoors during this public health crisis. Stick to trails close to home and only walk with immediate household family members. Get more details from the State Parks Department.

While Saratoga Springs is home to several notable landmarks, including the Race Course, SPAC and of course, the famous mineral springs, there are also lots of great places to enjoy the great outdoors in the area! Below are some of the fantastic trails and nature preserves in the Saratoga area where you can hike, birdwatch, snowshoe, and sometimes even cross-country ski.

great blue heron in flight
The Ballston Creek Preserve overlooks a Great Blue Heron rookery making it an ideal place to spot these majestic birds.
Bog Meadow sign
The Bog Meadow Trail in Saratoga is a year-round favorite for long walks in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter.
blandings turtle
Explore two miles of marked trails within the 63 acre Coldbrook Preserve in the Town of Northumberland.
fir tree
The Galway Nature Preserve is a former Christmas tree farm that now features 2.5 miles of trails for you to explore.
Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park sign
The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park comprises several sections of family-friendly hiking trails, wooded areas, and wetlands.
lupine plants
Explore Camp Saratoga and Opdahl Farm, just a short drive from the heart of Saratoga Springs and part of the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park.
Saratoga County trailmarker on a tree
Explore the Kalabus-Perry Trails, 3.5 miles through 234 acres of land on the Wilton-Northumberland town line.
Neilmann trailhead
The 145-acre Neilmann Parcel offers two miles of trails in a two-loop hike that goes by the biggest wetland in the Town of Wilton.
Old Gick Farm & Fox Farm sign
Walk along these neighboring trails at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park that are home to rare ecological communities and species.
fenced trail going into the woods
Edie Road Trails comprise three parcels, are 2.5 miles long, and open to hikers, bikers, horsebackriders, and other recreationists. 
hennig preserve sign
Generously donated to Saratoga PLAN by the Hennig family in 2010, this beautiful preserve contains more than 600 acres of rich forest.
flowers and a decorative box in park
Schuylerville's Hudson Crossing Park features tons of things to do, including more than two miles of beautiful, scenic trails.
levine preserve trailhead sign
Located in the Town of Providence, the LeVine Nature Preserve was donated to Saratoga PLAN by the family of Dr. Milton LeVine.
wooded trail
Wander the 1.5 miles of trails at the Orra Phelps Nature Preserve and admire the beauty of the Little Snook Kill Stream.
people snowshoeing in the palmertown conservation area
The Palmertown Conservation Area covers 62 square miles and features excellent trails with even more in the works.
canoes & kayaks
The Round Lake Preserve in Mechanicville offers opportunities for fishing, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, and more.
wooden trail in woods
Plan a trip to the 100 Acre Wood in Malta and explore approximately two miles of hiking trails.
rowland hollow creek preserve sign
Enjoy the 45 acres of woodlands and 3/4 mile of trails that overlook Rowland Hollow Creek just a short distance from downtown Saratoga.
american woodcock bird
The Woodcock Preserve in Clifton Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, hawks, owls, and - as its name suggests - woodcocks.
zim smith trail
Take a journey through southern Saratoga County on the Zim Smith Trail, an 11.5-mile-long family-friendly trail that runs from Ballston Spa to Mechanicville.
woods
Pitney Meadows Community Farm is developing nature trails as part of their major project to reestablish this historic Saratoga farm.
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