Explore The Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail
The Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail in Saratoga Springs was developed in 1993 by Saratoga PLAN. Only two miles long, this trail is a year-round favorite for warm walks in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. The pathway follows an old passenger railroad that linked Saratoga Springs to other destinations in the region.
How To Get There
To get there via Route 29, drive east from Saratoga Springs on Lake Ave (Route 29) past East Side Recreation Park. Continue under the Northway (I-87) and past Weibel Ave. The trailhead parking area is less than a mile up on the right.
You can also enter the trail from Meadowbrook Road. Instead of parking at the Route 29 trailhead, continue east on Route 29 to the first traffic light, then make a right onto Stafford's Bridge Rd. Take a right onto Meadowbrook Road about 1 mile down the road. The parking area will be ahead on the right. Park here and walk up the road about 50 yards to the trailhead on the right.
The trail connects Route 29 and Meadowbrook Road and cuts through three distinct wetland systems. This is a great spot for bird watching and jogging, and it's also kid-friendly. There are benches scattered along the pathway, as well as a lot of signs that provide history about the old railroad. Numerous wildflowers can be found in the warmer months including may apple, marsh marigold, spotted wintergreen and more.
Birding at Bog Meadow Brook Trail
The marshland and forest along Bog Meadow Brook Trail attracts both resident and migrating bird species.
- Raptors: Turkey Vultures, American Kestrels
- Woodpeckers: Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy, Pileated; Northern Flicker
- Waterbirds: Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue and Green Heron, American Bittern, Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers, American Woodcocks
- Waterfowl: Canada Geese, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Mergansers
- Ruffed Grouse
- Eastern Phoebes and Eastern Wood Pewees
- Tree and Barn Swallows
- Rusty and Red-winged Blackbirds, Baltimore Orioles, Common Grackles
- Blue Jays, American Crows, European Starlings
- Other large songbirds: Northern Cardinals, Cedar Waxwings, Gray Catbirds, American Robins
- Black-capped Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, Tufted Titmice
- Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets
- Sparrows: Song, Swamp and American Tree; Dark-eyed Juncos
- American Goldfinches
- Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
- 22 species of Warblers, including Magnolia, Mourning, Nashville, Blackburnian, Wilson's, Palm, Canada, and Tennessee