Take a break one afternoon and discover a diverse eco-system that supports an array of flora and fauna in the Town of Milton. There are several, well-maintained trails to choose from, with the majority of them consisting of former logging roads that meander over rolling terrain and sandy soils. The extensive trails are well marked with colored, plastic discs with interpretative signs along the way, which provide interesting and concise information on the area’s history and ecology.
- Town of Milton
- Size: 130 acres
- Scenery: Lake, Woods, and Wetland
- Terrain: Natural
Trip Tip: Environmental Educational Signs
As you journey further toward the center of this 130-acre parcel you’ll discover a placid lake that was once used as a water supply for the local community. The wooden dock next to the dilapidated pump house extends from the eastern shoreline and provides a stable platform for bird watching or basking in the warm sun.
The upland that surrounds this watering hole supports vegetation that includes White Pine, Red Oak, Quaking Aspen and Gray Birch. Sandy soils outside of the wetland area have a variety of wildflowers, such as Purple Lustrife and Pink Lady Slipper, which can be identified by referencing the signs alongside the paths.
The main entrance off of Northline Road has ample space for parking. There is a trailhead kiosk displaying a map of the preserve. Remember, as you venture about, staying on marked trails will help reduce needless erosion and trespassing on private property.
Directions: NORTHLINE ROAD
From Saratoga Springs travel 5 miles south on Route 50 to the traffic light at the intersection with Northline Road. Make a right and continue for a short distance to the parking area on the right.