Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail

EASY 16 reviews

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
45 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

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.

walking
17 days ago

We did this trail late fall, so we were not bothered by bugs, but in the lowest area we really tried hard to avoid the mud. The trail has a very special feel because it is very straight and has trees that join at the top so it looks like a tunnel. We enjoyed it!

1 month ago

4 months ago

no matter how much spray we used, we still were attacked by bugs to the point of not wanting to ever go back.
Snakes everywhere! that part was interesting.

nature trips
4 months ago

Within a few minutes of leaving the Lake Avenue trailhead, just a few miles from the bustle of the Downtown Saratoga Springs, the noise of traffic faded away and we entered a wooded wetland ecosystem. We saw beaver activity, snakes, red-wing blackbirds, and a cedar waxwing as well as evidence of foxes (scat on the trail). No elevation gain to speak of. The areas on either side of the Eastern boardwalk (near Meadowbrook Trail) were very wet and impassable without stepping in 6-10 inches of water and muck. Still worth it.

birding
5 months ago

Walked in from the Lake Ave. parking lot. The first 1/4 mile of the trail was rather damp as the beavers have dammed up a couple of the small streams. Still, a nice morning for a walk and some bird watching.

6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!!

hiking
6 months ago

Great place. Easy hike.

10 months ago

it was nice and easy hike. good for young kids. It was not a maintenance trail during the winter but nothing nice snow boots can't handle.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

bring bug spray

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Very buggy! It was hard to enjoy it's full potential because the mosquitos were relentless! A lot of wild life. Saw an owl, a deer, rabbits, snakes and lots of birds! Will do again with bugspray!

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Big snakes.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

Pretty walk with the family, toddler had a chance to stretch her legs and our dog took a nice dip in the river. Downside is you can hear traffic as it is by a busy road.

walking
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Very easy trail definitely one you can take the kids to or dogs you may have. Perfect for a warm day, nice and shady in some spots and cool due to the wetlands.

hiking
Wednesday, November 11, 2015