Welcome to Johnny Miller Adventures’ NEW website. It’s been ten years, 2003, since I published the first adventure guide book to Saratoga Springs. 40,000 copies were distributed between 2003 and 2006. Wow! There were no smart phones or drag and drop website software. Now this guide is optimized for your mobile device, making it easier for me to post content and for you to access it. Get out and enjoy biking, kayaking, running, hiking and being active in the outdoors. Leave comments, post pictures, and enjoy this source of information.
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Wind, air temperature, currents and tides are constantly changing, being prepared for these changing weather conditions will enable you to continue your paddling expedition and return home safely with good memories. Following is a checklist that will help you prepare for a safe and enjoyable kayaking experience.
Thanks to a collaborated effort between the local “grass-roots” organization, Friends of the Kayaderosseras, and New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation this trail now exists. A highly energetic and dedicated group of volunteers successfully constructed a level, wood chip trail on a rainy day in late April 2005. The group trimmed back trees, tall grass and shoveled load after load of wood chips into wheelbarrows, despite the muddy conditions.
This destination is where the Battles of Saratoga took place during the Revolutionary War. General Burgoyne of the British Army was defeated during the second battle, which is one of the most significant battles in American and world history. As a result of the victory at Saratoga, the American Colonies became recognized as a force not to be reckoned with.
Although a small parcel of open space, this land is a plant and animal sanctuary at the confluence of Little Snook Kill and Pippenbeck Brook. It is also part of the former homestead of the renowned Adirondack Naturalist Dr. Orra Phelps. Dr. Phelps (1895 – 1986) was a medical doctor by trade, who moved to Wilton in 1918. Continue reading
Since 1998 The Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park has protected and maintained the Old Gick Farm as a nature preserve. Close to town, this once operating farm is an easy walk through a beautiful and diverse environment. Once an open area, pitch pine and oak have encroached the open fields over the years. Continue reading
At the north end of the Town of Saratoga NY there is 250 acres with a great trail system for mini- adventures. This area includes swamps, ponds, trees and fields. An easy walk from town up North Broadway will give you access to miles of trails. The trails start out on top of the hill and descend into the valley. Continue reading
This area encompasses part of the largest wetland in the Town of Wilton, the Miller swamp. Developed and maintained by the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, the Neilman Parcel adds to the open space in Saratoga County. The trailhead has a kiosk with trail maps and information about the natural environment. The trails are flat and are great Continue reading
The Opdahl family donated this farm to The Nature Conservancy in 1997. The land was farmed from 1936 to 1972. The old barn from 1946 and silo that still exist on the land are reminders of the area’s past. This area has been planted with native flower species, which include blue lupine and horsemint. The leaves of the blue lupine are a necessary part of the Karner Blue Butterfly’s life cycle. Continue reading
This nature preserve is located in southern Saratoga County along the Mohawk River. The trail system is well maintained and integrates sections of the Old Erie Canal and Towpath. As you stroll along the Mohawk River there are historical markers providing information dating back to the early 1900’s. Continue reading