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Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail

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Saratoga Springs, New York

Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Saratoga Springs, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 49 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

paddle sports

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

wildlife

The Bog Meadow Trail is two miles long with designated parking areas on each end. The Trail was developed in 1993 by the Saratoga Springs Open Space Project (now Saratoga PLAN) in cooperation with the City of Saratoga Springs. The path travels along an abandoned railroad that once connected the city to various locations throughout the Northeast. The Meadowbrook Preserve, which encompasses 174 acres of wetlands and woods, surrounds the trail, working to protect the watershed where maple, ferns, meadowsweet, and evergreens are commonly found. The majority of the Meadowbrook Preserve was donated to the Saratoga Land Conservancy (now Saratoga PLAN) back in 1988 by the Anderson family, with an additional parcel donated to PLAN in 2006 by Belmonte Builders and Bonacio Construction.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail although I didn’t make it all of the way due to time constraints. But I wanted to check it out and will go back to complete the trail, especially after looking at others pics and seeing what I missed. As others have said...snakes!!! I only saw one and it was dead on the trail, but it startled me nonetheless. Plenty of rest spots along the way and areas to look over the bog. Have fun!!

hiking
bugs
16 days ago

Nothing special in my opinion. Don’t forget bug spray! And if you don’t like snakes, I would skip this one!

hiking
26 days ago

lots of snakes

Great easy hike, nice trail conditions!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful start, but cut short. Trail closed due to dangerous conditions less than 1/2 mile in from Meadowbrook entrance.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the trail head from Lake Ave headed towards Route 29. Was about 50F and partly cloudy with a strong breeze you could see ripple across the bog water. Saw a crane fishing in the shallows and a snake slither off the path as I walked past. Saratoga PLAN has done a great job at installing minor improvements along the way to add walkways over particularly murky patches. Other minor improvements along the way help to preserve the land and add a very easy out and back hike.

Nice trail. Well developed coverings so your feet don’t get wet but can still enjoy the bog. Beautiful marsh marigolds.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail has the potential to be very good but needs work to get there. The first half mile or so off Meadowbrook Road was good. After that it was very difficult to walk on due to the old rotted railroad ties that stick up amid a lot of erosion. Your need to look at your feet the whole time so you don’t trip and you can’t get any rhythm to your step. It’s too bad because it goes through a very pretty bog. The other downside is that you can clearly hear the vehicular traffic on State Route 29, which is quite loud and diminishes the peace and quiet of nature. That said, until the trail is improved with some fill, this was a one and done for me.

hiking
2 months ago

Early spring hike. Went with a child I care for. Nice benches to stop for lunch. Easy nature walk. Saw a snake, a frog, and some geese. A little buggy later in the hike.

hiking
bugs
muddy
8 months ago

Pretty nice trail with beautiful scenes of the bog and the lake. Wear bug spray though, ticks were really bad! Found a lot on the dog!

hiking
10 months ago

Great easy walk with good views. Great for kids. Great job by Saratoga PLAN!

hiking
11 months ago

A beautiful trail. Not for bikes or little ones. And it’s wetlands hence the name Bog Meadow. There are lots of garter snakes, toads, turtles, beavers and lots of bugs just to name a few that I’ve seen and of course mud. If you aren’t a fan of real nature I’d say stay away from this one and go to the state park. Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you in the busy area of Saratoga.

mountain biking
bugs
Wed Jun 26 2019

Absolutely the worst. Cannot ride a bike over all the wooden planks on the trail. Turned around n came home. Will never go back.

walking
bugs
muddy
Thu Jun 20 2019

If you're scared of snakes, do not come here. Its only 4 miles in and out/there and back and I counted 40 snakes right alongside the path. Also, both sides of the path start out as gravel but the trail gets very uneven, muddy and narrow in some places. Beautiful walking path for the right audience. BRING BUG SPRAY!

hiking
muddy
Tue May 21 2019

Mellow walk with Scout . Nice out

Mon May 13 2019

Please please please pick up after your dog(s)!! The amount of dog poop throughout this trail is ridiculous☹☹

hiking
Sat Apr 20 2019

Simple flat trail up and back with diff terrain. Trail is flooded in areas but last years improvements really help to enjoy trail before summer/mosquitoes

walking
muddy
Thu Apr 11 2019

Beautiful change up in scenery for the area, however you can hear traffic the entire way

walking
muddy
washed out
Wed Apr 10 2019

Very nice, peaceful walk! I went this morning and the trail was a little washed out, but I think that's only because of all the snow melting and we had a rainstorm last night. This is not a hard trail whatsoever and it's nice for a little scenic stroll.

walking
Mon Mar 04 2019

Nice walk, and quiet once you get away from Lake Ave. We tried going once in the summer a few years ago and immediately changed our minds due to mosquitos. This time we went in the winter and enjoyed ourselves.

walking
Wed Feb 13 2019

Very relaxing nature walk. The bog is super pretty and there are benches every mile or so with a nice view through the trees. Absolutely great spot for bird watching.

hiking
Sun Feb 10 2019

Great trail for a little stroll. Where spikes cuz its icy in the winter.

walking
Mon Jan 21 2019

If you are afraid of snakes- stay away, especially in the spring! It is a bog and snakes are prevalent. Many goose, ducks, and deer.

Mon Sep 24 2018

Great trail

walking
Mon Sep 03 2018

Nice little walking trail. Mix of gravel, soft ground and old wood rail (probably not stroller friendly for those parts). As of today last .5 still closed. Enter from Lake Ave end. Dog found lots to sniff!

walking
Sun Sep 02 2018

Walked this easy flat trail this morning. Little soft under foot in some places, especially when among the tree's. Decent amount of poison ivy growth along the sides of some of the trail so watch your footing. Last half-mile (Meadowbrook Road end) was roped off/closed for improvement work.

Fri Aug 17 2018

Trail is open again, nice walk!

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