Gideon Putnam Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Saratoga Springs, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
cross country skiing
With health and recreation as its major thrust, Saratoga Spa State Park offers miles of multiuse trails over a wide variety of terrain throughout the park. There are more than 12 miles of trails suitable for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. This guide will help you explore the Saratoga Spa State Park. I've tried to cover all the major baths, pools, trails, and sites within the park. Please check the links attached to this guide to find out more about the mineral bath offerings in the area as well as how to make reservations for the Gideon Hotel. Saratoga Springs is world renowned for its mineral baths and spring water. It's not often you find mineral springs erupting from the ground in Upstate NY.
My daughter and I took a snowshoe hike on the Wetlands Overlook trail and some of the Five Mile Trail this morning. This is in the southern section of the park and follows the old Delaware and Hudson Railroad bed past a marshy pond.
The only drawback of this route was the proximity to Route 50. From the parking lot at the south entrance to the park to the pond, it was a little noisy. Once we turned away from the pond on the Five Mile Trail, the noise abated considerably.
Did the "5 Mile Trail" the other day. Super duper easy. Lots of zig zags and switchbacks that almost seem kind of pointless but it is what it is. There is an administration building across from the Hall of Springs that offers free full color maps of all the trails within the Saratoga State Park. Although the trail is marked it can be somewhat confusing at times. Long straight portions with no signage can get a bit confusing. All in all a decent walk for keeping the heart rate up.
great trail for a more leisurely walk rather than a hike, great for dogs given they're kept on leash
Easy paved trail with enough offshoot trails to make it interesting. Made the loop with a few detours to walk beneath the canopy of tree branches. Would suggest this as a starter, easy walk.
I love this quiet little gem, perfect for hiking, walking around the springs, or just getting lost in the woods