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Explore Galway Nature Preserve

Originally used for agriculture, and later as a Christmas tree plantation, this beautiful property is now home to a forest, pond, and 2.5 miles of trails for you to explore! Marshall DesRoches donated the land to Saratoga PLAN in 2005, hoping that it would be enjoyed as a wildlife preserve for generations to come.

fir tree

How to Get There

You can find the entrance to this preserve on Crane Road in Galway, New York. From Exit 13S off I-87, take Route 9 south. Take a right onto Route 63 (Malta Avenue), then another right on Route 45 (Northline Road). In 8.5 miles, turn left onto Route 52 South. After 1 mile, Crane Road will be on your right. The Galway Preserve is located at the intersection with McConchie Road.

What to Expect

The Preserve has become a public resource for nature study, and still contains many features of its days as a Christmas tree plantation. In fact, much of the forest is made up of the same pine and fir trees! While strolling along the trail, look for structures built by the DesRoches family, like the original wood cabin and fireplace.

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