Tucked away in the middle of suburbia, in the Towns of Wilton NY and Northumberland, is the Taylor Road County Forest. This 486-acre plot of forested land is a great destination for mountain biking. The trails throughout the forest were created by ATVs, even though motorized vehicles are not allowed in the forest. The smooth double track trails are in excellent shape. The ground consists of soft soil and some sand. You can build up speed and bank a turn on one of the many berms that exist. In the middle of the forest is a private plot of land which is posted and easily avoidable. This natural area consists of red and white pine trees and some hardwood. The forest is home to white-tail deer, red-tail hawks and the Karner Blue Butterfly. During the spring and summer, keep an eye out for wildflowers such as pipsissewa, shinleaf, wild lupine and starflower. The trails are numerous and begin and end at different locations along Taylor Road, King Road and Ruggles Road. Unfortunately, there are some roads jutting into the forest that have been used by inconsiderate citizens for dumping their trash.
- Town of Wilton, Northumberland
- Difficulty: Beginner -Intermediate
- Size: 486 acres
- Trail Length: 3 miles
- Scenery: Woodland
- Terrain: Rolling dunes
Trip Tip: Double track
Directions: Taylor Road
Go northeast out of Saratoga Springs on Rte 50. Continue past “Big Box Shopping” 5 miles to Taylor Rd. Make a right onto Taylor Rd. There is pull-off on the left at the Wilton/Northumberland Town Line Sign, just around the corner.