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Explore Nature in Southern Saratoga County

Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve

bridge on the vischer ferry nature preserve at sunsetWhile there are many beautiful nature preserves throughout the Adirondacks, there are also several you may not be familiar with in Saratoga County. Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve, located in Clifton Park, is home to 450 acres of land that is perfect for hiking, bird watching and other fun outdoor activities. In addition to its natural beauty, this preserve also provides history on the area dating back as far as the early 1900's.

What To Expect

The trail system is well maintained and perfect for walking your dog or jogging. It crosses sections of the Old Erie Canal and Towpath. During your walk, you will come across several historical markers that will provide information about the area dating back more than a century. Keep in mind that this area is a floodplain, so if there's been a span of a few rainy days, you may want to wait until it dries up a bit. This wetland does provide a habitat for many species of plants and birds, such as the Great Blue Heron.

The restored and historic Whipple Bridge brings you to the preserve from the parking area and trailhead. Once you cross it, walk west along the river for approximately three miles until you reach the power plant for a beautiful view of the Mohawk River and Erie Canal Lock 7.

How To Get To Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve

Take Exit 8 off the Northway (I-87) and drive west on Crescent Rd (Rte. 92) for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Van Vranken Rd and continue until it ends at Riverview Rd. Make a right onto Riverview Rd and you will see the main entrance on your left. There are additional parking areas to the west at Ferry Drive and east along Riverview Rd.

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