Gideon Putnam Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

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.

walking
23 days ago

Nice and relaxing paved walk around State Park. Very easy, nothing really exciting though. I like that as long as you stay on the paved path, you aren’t picking ticks off your pup.

walking
2 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

Loved running and biking in this park when I lived in Saratoga. Participated in several 5k events that also used the trail. There is a organized recreation section to run thorough and also a more nature section. Was also fun to snowshoe. Miss it very much!

8 months ago

We live 5 minutes from this park and use its trails, playgrounds and parks almost every weekend. An amazing, diverse and beautiful park!

walking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Beautiful trail inside the state park.

walking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Walked this one again with my daughter today. The reflecting pool is filled with water and soon will have tons of tadpoles! We walked down the Ferndale Spring trail and had a nice snack at Karista Spring while watching the fishermen catch all the trout they stocked yesterday. Looked like fun!

The Creekside Education Center is coming along nicely and will soon be a huge boost to this part of the park.

snowshoeing
Sunday, February 19, 2017

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.

walking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

great trail for a more leisurely walk rather than a hike, great for dogs given they're kept on leash

walking
Saturday, May 14, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, April 11, 2015

I love this quiet little gem, perfect for hiking, walking around the springs, or just getting lost in the woods

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hiking
9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

cross country skiing
Saturday, December 31, 2016

walking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Saturday, September 03, 2016

recorded Skate

Monday, August 29, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

walking
Sunday, November 22, 2015