Explore Saratoga Area Running & Biking Trails
Editor's Note (4/3/2020): 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 run or bike with immediate household family members. Get more details from the State Parks Department.
Ready to run, jog, or bike your way through Saratoga? There are a wide range of running and biking trails around the region that are great for any skill level. We've highlighted some of our favorites below that are worth the trip!
A path in Saratoga Spa State Park
Located between Route 50 and Route 9 (South Broadway) in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Spa State Park is a National Historic Landmark that's renowned for its diverse cultural, aesthetic, and recreational resources. The state park features a variety of paved and dirt trails that wind throughout the property. Hiking, running, biking, and other activities are allowed at Saratoga Spa State Park, and it's a peaceful place to spend a few hours at.
Plan a trip through Moreau Lake State Park in Gansevoort. This large state park has multiple trails ranging from .49 mile long to 3.2 miles long. While some of the trails will bring you around the beautiful Moreau Lake, others travel deeper into the wooded park. Hikers, runners, and bikers are welcome to explore the trails and check out all the scenic views.
Hudson Crossing Park in Schuylerville is a unique recreational and educational destination with over two miles of nature trails. This park is open year round from dawn to dusk, and there is no entry fee for visitors. The trails are the perfect place to walk, run, or bike, and you'll have the opportunity to see amazing views of the Hudson River and Champlain Lock 5.
Photo credit: Saratoga PLAN, a non-profit land trust
Extending from Ballston Spa into Mechanicville, the Zim Smith Trail is a multi-use recreational trail that offers a nice tour of southern Saratoga County's communities and natural habitats. Much of the trail is paved and well-maintained for runners and bicyclists. One of the popular starting points is Shenantaha Creek Park, which offers picnic tables, public restrooms, and a drinking fountain.
Go on a tour of Saratoga Battlefield at Saratoga National Historical Park for your next outdoor adventure. The park tour toad is open for hiking, running, and biking, especially if you'd like to tackle some hills and rolling terrain. Before you set out on your bike, stop at the visitor center parking lot or the Tour Stop 7 parking lot and use the bike fix-it stations. Maps are available at the visitor center or the visitor center parking lot.
The Mohawk Towpath Byway
Here in the Capital Region, the Mohawk Towpath Byway consists of a series of local, county, state, and federal highways in Schenectady County and Saratoga County. The Byway follows the historic route of the Erie Canal and is approximately 26 miles long from Waterford/Cohoes to Schenectady. It's an excellent roadway for bikers, and along the way, you can stop at the local communities and find dining opportunities and attractions.
Ballston Veterans Bike Path
Enjoy a trip down the Ballston Veterans Bike Path in the Town of Ballston. The trail is approximately 3.5 miles long and open for both running and biking. There are informative signs along the path that will reveal a little about the trail corridor's history.