Spring is finally here and The Capital-Saratoga Region offers an abundance of outdoor adventure and activities! From scenic hiking trails to challenging bike paths, the great outdoors will have a whole new meaning when you visit our area. The Capital-Saratoga region has something for everyone, whether you’re an adventure junkie or just want to get out for some fresh air after a long, cold winter.
Outdoor activity is also really great for your health, too! According to an article published in the New York Times, a few small studies have found that people have lower blood levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress, after exerting themselves outside as compared with inside.
With so many outdoor exploration options, not sure where to start? Here are our top outdoor spots to visit and get your adventure on this spring!
- John Boyd Thacher State Park has a variety of hiking trails which hugs the Heldeberg escarpment with magnificent views of the valley below.
- The Albany Pine Bush Preserve contains nearly 18 miles of official marked, multiple-use trails and is also home to the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly.
- The Battenkill, Poultney and Mettawee Rivers, are a must-visit for fishing enthusiasts and are known for trout fishing.
- Tour of the Battenkill, the largest single day bike race in the world.
- Pinelake Park and Campground is a family-operated campground resort with a scenic Adirondack lakeside setting.
- Moreau Lake State Park’s lake lies amid hardwood forests, pine stands and rocky ridges.
- Hudson Crossing Park is a year-round recreational and educational destination where you can play, picnic, fish, hike, snowshoe, birdwatch, kayak, and more.
- Saratoga National Historical Park is the site where American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender in Autumn of 1777.
- Saratoga Spa State Park, distinguished by its classical architecture and listed as a National Historic Landmark, is noted for its diverse cultural, aesthetic and recreational resources.