Hayes Nature Park Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Clifton Park, New York that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Length1.4 miElevation gain39 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyCross-country skiingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsRoad bikingSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugs
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This park includes family-friendly trail loops, boardwalk bridges, beautiful meadows, and interesting educational signs. Accessibility: There is a small paved parking lot at the start of the trail on the west side off Moe Road but there do not appear to be any designated handicapped-accessible parking spaces or striped access aisles there. The trail surface is gravel and typically between four and six feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle (all estimated under 5%).

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Erin Pitts
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WalkingSnow

The trail was packed down with snow/ice I used crampons but it was overkill. You'd be fine in boots. Nice short walk thru the woods and only 10 minutes from home. A perfect quick walk before the rain!

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Jason Martin
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Rui Xu
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Hiking

nice and short trail!

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John Mahar Sr.
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Hiking

Nice walking area

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Barbara Polidore
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Hiking

Easy trail on a cold morning.

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John Mahar Sr.
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Hiking

Chilly day, but always a nice neighborhood trail walk.

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Daniel Johnson
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Hiking

Great walk through the woods. Very popular hike. Met several nice groups of people with their dogs (on leash). There was one loose dog from a neighbor of the park, I'm told the dog is a frequent sighting.

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Bethany Lynn
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Hiking

Good morning out on the trail over a carpet of leaves.

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Michelle Garretson
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Clea Stagnitti
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Hiking

Short and very sweet. Well maintained. Saw some nice wildlife including a beautiful deer. Educational signage and little surprises to find along the way.

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Sal P
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Hiking

Nice easy trail with little surprises.

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Kayla Fitzgerald
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Matt Whelan
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Hiking

This trail was amazing for kiddos. We loved the book we read along the way. It was neat to see the Gnome houses. The kids loved it. It was wide open and not muddy at all. Very little bugs. Perfect hike for a family.

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Christine morgenstein
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HikingGreat!

I loved this little trail, it's super perfect for small children b/c it's shaded and quiet and the paths are well worn with no hight grass for ticks to hide on etc. There are lovely spots where gnome gardens are and that's why we chose to go, my 6 year old loves fairies and gnomes so perfect for her. Some bike trails back there to that look fun!!

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Chelsea Britton
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HikingBugs

Nice easy trail, very nicely kept. There is a lot of bugs so wear bug spray.

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Daniel Schuldt
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HikingBugs

Came here to enjoy the fairy houses. The bugs were pretty annoying so bring bug spray. Very flat hike good for trail running and I think you could push a stroller here too.

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Lynne Ross
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Hiking

Nice flat wide easy walk

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Desiree Mollnow
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Shealynn Herold
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Hiking

Great easy trail with young kids. Nicely shaded definitely bring bug spray though!

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Pamela Middleton
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Hiking

Nice short dirt trail that is well kept. Easy to walk or bike ride for young families. Suggest you bring binoculars to scan the trees to try and locate all the birds.

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Bridget MacLagger
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Hiking

Cute 1 mild loop. Had the 3 and 5 year olds ride bikes. Lots of fairy houses and bridges.

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Taylor Mess
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Hiking

Nice paths Tons of birds and bridges to cross

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Anna P
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Walking

Short, easy walk with wide walking paths. Nice place to bring your dog.

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kellie farry
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Hiking

beautiful trail.

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K H
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Hiking

Decent walk through a residential area. Would have been 2 stars but bumped it up because of the fairy/gnome garden. Would be fun to take kids to and ask them to find all of the little houses and such. Very cute. Trail is well-maintained and there are bridges over any wet areas.

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Megan Niles
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Trisha G
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Nature trips

A nicely maintained, very easy to walk nature trail with plenty of bridges for any potential wet spots. We saw chipmunks, a cardinal, and a nuthatch as well as remains of a turtle. The local girlscout troop did a "Fairy Scavenger Hunt" project which is a lot of fun for younger ones in the group.

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Shermanizer Li
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Hiking

Well paved road, lots of trees and shades, quick and easy trail.

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Elyssah Baker
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Hiking

simple trail. easy to follow

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