Palmer Lake State Forest

Davignon Road is a dirt road that provides public access to this forest preserve. This secluded area in the Adirondack State Park is excellent for a mountain biking adventure. Park your vehicle off to the side on Davignon Road just before the bridge over Daly Creek. Palmer Lake Cooperative Fishing Area is just over two miles up the road with an elevation gain of about 700 feet to the lake. Continue reading

Saratoga National Golf Club Trails

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City of Saratoga Springs

  • South Trail
  • Length:  1/2 mile
  • Scenery: Lake
  • Terrain: Wood Chips

Trip Tip: Viewing Platform

The South Trail leads you to a viewing platform on the northern shoreline of Lake Lonely.  From the parking area the trail goes to the left and has a bridge over Bog Meadow Brook.  The platform is a great spot for a picnic or to sit and enjoy the view of the lake.

  • West Trail
  • Length: 2 miles
  • Scenery: Golf Course, Trees
  • Terrain: Wet

Trip Tip: Wear boots/heavy shoes

The West trail starts out on the paved path along the access road to the clubhouse.  When the paved path veers away from the road look for the small nature trail signs straight ahead.  Follow the signs along the road and back onto the paved path about a half-mile ahead.  Continue to follow the nature trail signs through the golf course and into the woods on the northwest edge of the golf course.  The trail ends as you approach I-87.

These trails were developed cooperatively between the Open Space Project, The Land Trust of Saratoga and Saratoga National Golf Club.  The Open Space Project and The Land Trust of Saratoga have combined efforts and are now one organization, called Saratoga PLAN – preserving land and nature. Both trails are a pleasant walk through surrounding wetlands with sounds of nature. A map of the trail system can be found at the trailhead parking area off of Rte 9P.  Be careful not to pinch your fingers when opening the gate to access the trails. Go to www.saratogaplan.org for more information on preserving open space in our community.

Directions: ROUTE 9P

Drive east from Saratoga Springs for 2.5 miles on Union Ave.  Continue over the Northway at exit 14. The trailhead parking area is on the right immediately past the entrance to Saratoga National Golf Course.

 

Camp Saratoga

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  • Town of Wilton
  • Size: 310 acres with five miles of trails
  • Scenery: Forested
  • Terrain: Forested and field floor. Some sand.

Trip Tip: Try to spot the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly

Camp Saratoga was operated as a Boy Scout camp from 1930 to 2001, and then it became part of the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. The preserve is 310 acres and located only 8 miles from downtown. This park encompasses a variety of ecosystems including woodlands, wetlands, open areas and streams. This habitat supports the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly. There are trail maps and environmental information available at the trailhead parking area.

For more trail details and activity schedule check out Wilton Wildlife Preserve.

Directions: SCOUT ROAD

Follow Route 50 north through the Wilton shopping area for 6 miles. Turn left onto Edie Road, proceed 1.5 miles and turn right onto Scout Road. The parking area and trailheads are 0.7 miles on the left.

Lincoln Mountain Forest

  • Town of Greenfield
  • Size: 933 acres
  • Trail Length: 2 miles
  • Scenery: Mixed Forest
  • Terrain: Hilly, Wetland

Trip Tip: Quiet

Enjoy a nature walk through this forest of mixed hardwoods and conifer trees in Greenfield.  The rock walls that are visible throughout the forest are evidence that this land was once farmed.  Selective logging in this forest has created open areas where you will notice ferns and wildflowers.  The main trail in the forest is 2 miles long with some shorter trails spurring off.  At the end of the main trail are some big boulders marking the boundary with private property.  Beavers living in the area have been busy building a dam on Stony Brook.  The road is flooded in some areas as a result of the beavers.  This area was purchased in two sections, one in 1933 and the other in 1963.  Some financing came from State Reforestation funds.  There are three watersheds in this area: Mud Creek which drains into the Kayaderosseras Creek; Stony Brook; and the Snook Kill which both drain into the Hudson River.  The highest elevation in the forest is 960 feet compared to the lowest point of 720 feet.  There are several entrances into the forest, but Cohen Rd trailhead is the most convenient.

Directions: COHEN ROAD

From Saratoga Springs drive northwest on Rte 9N.  Continue over the railroad tracks to the first traffic light.  Make a right onto Locust Grove Rd.  Continue to the end of Locust Grove Rd past Greene Rd to Greenfield Rd (extension of Spier Falls Rd.).  Turn right onto Greenfield Rd and continue 1/2 mile to Cohen Rd on the right.  Drive south on Cohen Rd to the trailhead on the left just before the large gate.  Parking is limited.  Be careful not to block the private driveway off to the right.

Hemlock Trail

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  • City of Saratoga Springs
  • Size: 308 acres (312 acres with Kayaderosseras House Parcel)
  • Trail length:
    • Blue Markers, Hemlock Trail:  1.1 miles
    • Green Markers, White Oak Trail:  0.6 miles
  • Scenery: Hardwood with a band of Hemlocks
  • Terrain: Flat, Natural with some streams.

Trip Tip: Part of Saratoga State Park

HISTORY:  The Hemlock Trail Area was purchased by the state of New York in 1966 for use as a golf course.  The project was never executed and the land remains in its natural state for the enjoyment of the public.  Much of this 308-acre parcel was cleared for logging and farming purposes early in the 1800’s.  There are 90 acres, however, that were left to grow undisturbed because they were too wet to log.  Small groves of old-growth trees still stand among these wetlands.  The trees, mostly hemlock, oak and beech, range in age from 100 to 300 years old.  As you hike, the Hemlock Trail will lead you through fields and forests of all ages.  Be sure to look for an old-growth grove.  You can identify an old growth grove by its large trees and open forest floor.  The ground may also have mounds and pits, all that remains of trees that once stood in this forest long ago.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION:  The Hemlock Trail winds through hardwood forests, successional fields, hemlock forests and wetlands. Significant habitats include the perched swamp white oak forest and the old-growth groves.  87 of the 308 acres are considered federally regulated wetland.  This means that the area meets three criteria: (1) it is underlain by hydric soils, (2) it has vegetation dominated by hydrophytic plants, (3) its hydrology is typical of wetlands.  Four bridges are present on the property.

DIRECTIONS: Crescent Ave

From Exit 14 off of I-87 travel west on Union Ave toward downtown Saratoga Springs. Make a left at the third traffic light onto Nelson Ave. Continue on Nelson Ave until you come to a stop sign at Crescent Ave. Make right onto Crescent Ave. The trailhead sign is on the left.

From Exit 13N off of I-87 travel north on route 9 toward downtown Saratoga Springs. Make a right onto Crescent Ave just past Saratoga Honda. Continue on Crescent Ave. The trailhead sign is on the right.

The rules and regulations of the Hemlock Trail area are as follows:

  • No Motorized Vehicles Allowed
  • Dogs Must Be Kept on a Leash, No Longer Than 6′ Long
  • No Overnight Parking or Camping
  • Park in Designated Area Only
  • No hunting
  • This is a Carry-In/Carry-Out Area.  Please dispose of your trash properly, including pet waste.
  • The Hemlock Trail area gate opens at 8a.m. and closes at sunset.
  • Please report emergencies or suspicious activity to:

Bog Meadow Trail

  • City of Saratoga Springs
  • Length: 2 miles
  • Scenery: Wetland
  • Terrain: Old Railroad Bed, Boardwalk
  • Trip Tip: Great Birding

This trail was once a passenger railroad line that went from downtown Saratoga Springs to Saratoga Lake. With the help of volunteers, the Saratoga Open Space Project converted the railroad bed to a nature trail in 1993.  The trail connects Route 29 and Meadow brook Road, cutting through three distinct wetland systems.  This trail is a mellow walk just east of Downtown Saratoga Springs.  This destination is an excellent spot for bird watching, jogging and great for the kids.  There are benches along the trail.  Interpretive signs provide history about the old railroad and the environment.  Closer to the Meadow brook Road trailhead there is a boardwalk and viewing platform built through the wetland, although the access can be flooded.  Numerous wild flowers and plants flourish along the trail, which include: May Apple, Marsh Marigold, Early Meadow Rue, Red Trillium, Trout Lily, Strawberry, Partridge Berry, Spotted Wintergreen and American Elm. 

Directions: ROUTE 29

Drive east from Saratoga Springs on Lake Ave (Rte 29) past Walton’s Sport Shop and the Party Glass. Continue under the Northway (I-87) past Weibel Ave. The trailhead parking area is less than a mile on the right.

Directions: MEADOWBROOK ROAD

From the Route 29 trailhead: Continue east on Route 29 to the first traffic light; make a right onto Stafford’s Bridge Rd. Take your first right onto Meadowbrook Rd; the parking area is a quarter mile on the right. Park here and walk up the road about 50 yards to the trailhead on the right.