The Capital-Saratoga Region is brimming with outdoor adventure! From picturesque hiking trails and breathtaking parks to glimmering lakes and streams and challenging bike paths, the great outdoors will have a whole new meaning when you visit our area.
John Boyd Thacher State Park – 1 Hailes Cave Rd. Rte 157, Voorheesville, NY
Thacher State Park, is situated along the Helderberg Escarpment, one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. Even as it safeguards six miles of limestone cliff-face, rock-strewn slopes, woodland and open fields, the park provides a marvelous panorama of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys and the Adirondack and Green Mountains. The park has volleyball courts, playgrounds, ball fields and numerous picnic areas with nine reservable shelters. Interpretive programs are offered year-round, including guided tours of the famous Indian Ladder Trail. There are over twelve additional miles of trails for summer hiking and mountain biking, and winter cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and snowmobiling.
Nine Corner Lake – St. Rt. 29A, West of St. Rt. 10, Town of Caroga, NY
This stunning location is a gradual uphill climb passing a waterfall from mountain streams. Nine Corner Lake has crystal clear water with several large rock outcroppings along the shore, and its deep water makes for great swimming. The area is a popular spot for bouldering. The trail continues along the south side of the lake enabling a longer hike, if desired.
Saratoga Spa State Park – 19 Roosevelt Dr, Saratoga Springs, NY
There’s so much to do at Saratoga Spa State Park! Visitors will enjoy plentiful outdoor trails, fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, mineral springs, two pools, two museums, two golf courses, home to SPAC, Home Made Theater, Roosevelt Baths and Spa and more!
Schodack Island State Park – 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY
Approximately seven miles of Hudson River and Schodack Creek shoreline bound the 1,052-acre site. The park has been designated a State Estuary, and a portion of the park shelters a Bird Conservation Area (BCA) that is home to bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons that nest in the cottonwood trees. Eight miles of multi-use trails wind through a variety of ecological communities. In addition, the park has 66 campsites for use, an improved bike trail, volleyball nets, horseshoe and a kayak/canoe launch site. Interpretive signage highlights the park’s historic and environmental significance.
Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area – 390 Black House Rd, Fort Edward, NY
(WMA) encompasses nearly 300 acres of prime grassland habitat. The area supports almost a dozen threatened and rapidly declining grassland bird species. A half mile trail starting just past the kiosk follows a wooded hedgerow before emerging into the open and cresting a grassy knoll. A viewing platform offers fine views of the surrounding fields and hills to the east. Parking and trailhead are accessed from Blackhouse Road, on the east side of the road just west of the intersection with CR 46.