Vischer Ferry Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clifton Park, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve is a 600-acre preserve which includes the area between Riverview Road and the Mohawk River in the Town of Clifton Park. The Preserve has three areas of interest: a wetland ecosystem, the remains of the Erie Canal, and the site of the towns first settlement Located through the preserve, there are historical markers providing information dating back to the early 1900s. This wetland provides an excellent habitat for many species of birds and plants.
Trail is not marked, but is relatively easy to follow so long as you know where you are going. Take your time looking at the map and think about it before you go off the main trail. However, even if you do get lost the place is not very big, just give yourself ample time to get back to your car. Keep your sense of direction in relation to the river and you should be fine, when you're going back on one of the shortcuts back your back should be to the river.
November 2016: Trails aren't marked and it's easy to walk off on what appears to be a trail (and easy to get lost). I also think the map at the entrance is outdated. There are many large trucks parked on the trails.
closed oct 8 - 14 2016
I have visited a number of times, always during the summer. The only time I didn't enjoy it was when I forgot the insect repellent. Be warned! Can be very buggy.
This is a great place to observe wildlife as there are ponds, swampy areas and of course the river. I have seen frogs, butterflies, bees, dragonflies, herons, kingfishers, turtles and flocks of turkeys here.
This is an easy trail with areas of shade to cool you from the sun. Easy walk and has a couple small bridges over the water. Look for Eagles and Herring, butterflies and frogs. There is also picnic tables ( 1-2 ) and a coal grill you can use by the water. Bring bug spray although not terribly buggy just here and there. Our second visit here and will come again for a nice easy walk. Pet friendly on leash.
Buggy and snakes. Trails are not marked. Very green and easy walking.
I pretty much love the preserve. Not really sure who wrote the main description, but while yes, once in a while you might see a horse or two being ridden on the trail, it's not primarily for that. Lots of walkers, runners, dog-walkers, bicyclists though. There are a good number of fairly easy trails to use. My favorite is along the Mohawk Scenic Towpath Byway. Some pretty awesome things to check out along that route that starts at the main entrance of the preserve and travels west to the Rexford side of lock 7 in abt a 6 mile round trip trek. There's also abundant wildlife to spy along the way.
We had a nice walk on the trails. There were some ducks and we did see a brown bat hanging from a branch but that was pretty much it. Lots of picture perfect areas. Dog friendly trail and a picnic bench area with a grill. Perfect place for a picnic lunch. Trees were already budding too!
This is one of my favorite places to go and think. During certain points in the year it is extremely buggy and there is no escaping it, so I agree with Jill, you should probably have some insect repellent handy.
I hiked this trail during the summer. It was very buggy so make sure you have insect repellent. If it has rained recently, it can get muddy so be prepared. The trail itself is flat but scenic. I enjoyed seeing the muskrat dams.
We walked about 8 miles of the trails throughout. We saw a blue heron and the history and seeing the canal was very interesting. Great views of the Mohawk River. A lot of wildflowers throughout and the terrain is sometimes on wooded paths and others through forests of flowers.