Where to Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe in the Saratoga Area
Go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the Saratoga area this winter and enjoy the great outdoors. From Saratoga Springs to Middle Grove and North Creek, there are many great places where you can experience these two family-friendly activities.
An unforgettable winter adventure awaits at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville. A large number of their trails are one-way, which provides cross-country skiers and snowshoers with a more peaceful experience in the woods. Rentals are available, and other activities at the property include ice skating, sledding, and snow tubing.
Located in Middle Grove, Into The Woods Farm offers goat yoga during the warmer months and guided snowshoe adventures in winter. Snowshoe rentals are available, and the educational farm hosts snowshoe treks for all ability levels.
Editor's Note (12/7/2020): For the 2020-2021 winter season, the Outdoor Center building will be closed (except by appointment), but equipment rentals will be available for pick up and return outside. Daily equipment rentals can be made online to guarantee equipment and reduce the wait time. Day passes can be purchased in advance online for a $5 discount.
Plan a trip to Garnet Hill Lodge in North River and discover the fun of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondacks. You can enjoy miles of groomed trails at their property, sign up for a ski lesson, or go on a backcountry ski journey.
Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs is one of our top picks for scenic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing because of the park's timeless beauty and open terrain. Explore approximately 12 miles of trails and check out the amazing views along the way (trail maps are available at the Park Office). Snowshoe rentals are also available at the Park Office, and the cost is $5 per person for less than 4 hours or $10 for a full day.
Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park in Gansevoort has volunteers who groom the trails at Camp Saratoga North as weather permits. The groomed trails range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate, and they are for cross-country ski and snowshoe use only. Snowshoers are asked to walk along the sides of the trails.
In addition, for the 2021 winter season, cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals will be available every Saturday and Sunday from January 9 - March 14, January 18, and daily from February 15 - 19. Rentals can be acquired from 11:00am-3:00pm in the cabin at Parking Lot 1 on Scout Road. The cost is $10/adults and $5/children and students.
Cole's Woods in Glens Falls offers day and night cross-country skiing along groomed trails. It's a great location for both skate and classic skiing, and admission is free. Snowshoers can also explore the property but should use the dedicated snowshoe trails. These trails are maintained by the Friends of Cole's Woods.
The Nordic Center at Gore Mountain
The Nordic Center at Gore Mountain in North Creek is home to a wide range of cross-country skii and snowshoe trails. The groomed trails will bring you along varying inclines and natural wooded routes. Rentals, lessons, and trail passes are offered at the Nordic Center as well.
Schenectady County Forest Preserve
In the town of Duanesburg lies the Schenectady County Forest Preserve, a 102-acre forest that's open to the public year round for recreational activities. Visitors are welcome to cross-country ski or snowshoe at the property during winter. The main trail is 1.6 miles round trip and winds through woods and passes by a pond.