Explore the Coldbrook Preserve
When the Coldbrook Preserve in the Town of Northumberland opened in 2013, it brought new opportunities for walking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing to the Saratoga area. The 63 acres of land was donated to Saratoga PLAN by Jim & Christine McKnight, and is especially significant because of the species it helps to protect.
Blanding's Turtle, one of the threatened species in New York State, was discovered in the area in 2003. One of the species' wetland habitats is located adjacent to the Coldbrook Preserve, so the Preserve serves as a buffer to keep the turtles safe from vehicular traffic - one of turtles' greatest threats.
How to Get to The Coldbrook Preserve
To access the trailhead, head east on Route 29 from Saratoga Springs. In 7 miles, take a left onto Homestead Road. The Coldbrook Preserve sign is located on the left side of the road, about 1.9 miles in.
What to Expect
Visitors will love walking, bird-watching, snowshoeing, and even cross-country skiing along this preserve's beautiful marked trails, which were designed by the Leadership Saratoga Class of 2011. Bridges and benches have been added by local Eagle Scouts.
Along the way, keep an eye out for turtles! If you come across a one on the road to the trailhead, move it out of harm's way, but in the same direction it was facing.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset, and with 63 acres to explore, you'll love every minute of your visit!