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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.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 49 ft 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
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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.

The Bog Meadow Trail is two miles long with designated parking areas on each end.

Saratoga PLAN 112 Spring Street Room 202 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-587-5554 518-587-4054 info@saratogaplan.org

To the Route 29 Entrance: From downtown Saratoga Springs: Take Lake Avenue/Route 29 east from the city. Go through the traffic light at Weibel Avenue. The trail entrance will be about 300 yards past the light on your right.From I-87: Take exit 14 and head west (take a right) on Union Avenue, towards Saratoga Springs. At the first traffic light make a right onto Henning Road. At the intersection/light with Lake Avenue/Route 29, make a right. Go through the traffic light at Weibel Avenue. The trail will be about 300 yards past the light on your right. To the Meadowbrook Road Entrance: Follow the directions above, then proceed east on Route 29/Lake Avenue past the Route 29 entrance. At the first traffic light, make a right onto Staffords Bridge Road then take your first right onto Meadowbrook Road. The parking lot will be 1/4 mile down the road on your right. The trailhead is located about 50 yards further up the road from the parking area, on the same side of the road as the parking area.

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Richard Goff
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Scott Hollins
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Shawn Zimmerman
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Cassandra Coppola
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Walking

BEWARE! Weve pulled at least 50 ticks off our dog so far and still looking.... and she was on leash the whole time.

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Katie Ives
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It was a mess I tried to bring my daughter and the stroller doesn’t Fit on the wood this was not a good experience

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Nick Codru
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Very refreshing, recommended in mid Fall

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Justin Briggs
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Flat and easy. There is a section with old rail ties and roots but mostly unobstructed. There is a little offshoot to make the hike about .4 miles longer if wanted. A few lookout points and seats for the strolling types.

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Nichole Cristaldi
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not a fan .I like to walk fast for exercise and its impossible due to the railroad

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Kristen Wadleigh
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Lots of burs that might stick to your dog. Buggy in the evening. Beautiful spot! Lots of flowers!!

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Laura Palmieri
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Great walk with our dog. A bit muddy but really beautiful scenery. A little over 4 miles round-trip. We will definitely go back.

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Al Dileo
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Nice walk, a little bumpy at times.

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Trish Nguyen
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First it looks like an overgrown english garden path, then planks, then nice upcycled railroad. Actually not bad at all!

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elise harrisonsmith
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WalkingGreat!

A lovely trail on a converted rail track - birds, frogs, and a few bugs (well. it IS a bog trail after all!). Arrived after a rain and had the trail to myself. Some wet spots (again....a bog trail) so flipflops would not prevent muddy toes. In snow it would be a super snowshoe or short x/c trail. Doggo and I will return! Peacefully pleasant.

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Trail Mom
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HikingGreat!

Nice wide trail which is very straight because it’s built on old railway track. Pretty scenery along the water. Need bug spray. Easy out and back trail. No need to worry about getting lost.

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Kristin Olmstead
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It’s a straight out & back trail. Lots of roots and railroad ties. Yesterday it rained heavy all day, the trail was a little muddy in areas. Put on lots of bug spray, still bugs. Saw a snake curled up next to one of the bridges, I’ve uploaded a photo of it. Not sure what kind. There’s a few spots where it’s open to the sun, most of the trail is shaded. If you’re using the directions from the app, destination was on the opposite side. Saw a few other people on the trail. We brought the dog, trail is nice and wide. Very peaceful, not much to look at except the pond. If you enjoy being nestled in the woods, this trail is for you

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MacKenzie Gaze
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Nice and flat, lots of beautiful flowers and plants to look at. A little muddy in areas, but there were plenty of ways to avoid it. It was VERY buggy (they kept flying in my eyes, even with bug spray). I would definitely come back and do this on a cooler day, or maybe even in the winter when the bugs are gone.

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Tick Magnet
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Bird WatchingGreat!

Walked from Lake Ave parking lot to the pond and back. Trail was in great shape with a few weeds starting to encroach in the sunnier sections. Plenty of birds to keep me busy this morning.

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Kate Krappman
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Shari Simon
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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!!

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

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Brian Waage
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lots of snakes

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Ashley Lutzker
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Great easy hike, nice trail conditions!

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Alex Stone
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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.

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

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Dave Smith
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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.

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Emily Beth
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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.

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Nicholas Stokes
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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!

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