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Heron Marsh Trail Loop is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Paul Smiths, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 144 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

skiing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

The Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) is located at 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970. Its just 20 miles NW of Lake Placid, NY and 23 miles S of Malone, NY.

hiking
7 days ago

Easy and pleasant walk. Well maintained and signed network of trails.

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1 month ago

Easy trail for family, nice views, the earlier the better lots of bugs but no other people

recorded Heron Marsh Trail Loop

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Good trail! Very pretty scenic wise. Very easy level, however. Had a great shoe.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is very scenic and peaceful, with some exceptional views of the bog and the brook. Not as many birds as we hoped for, but did see some warblers. Very relaxing and enjoyable time that I will treasure in my memory.

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10 months ago

A fantastic and easy afternoon hike with the dog. It was moderately busy but quiet in most spots. Great views of the marsh and a small cataract. The trail is well marked with periodic informational placards, benches, and lookout decks.

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11 months ago

Nice well groomed trail. Mostly flat. First half is wooded and along the marsh. Second half is mostly in the woods. Lots of shade all around. Would be great for kids or dogs.

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11 months ago

Terrific trail. Easy hike, great looks at different habitats and well maintained.

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11 months ago

This is a great easy trail! We had beautiful views of the marsh and a lovey walk through the woods. The trail is very well maintained and 2 people can easily walk side by side. It’s mostly flat. It connects to several other trails, but some of them are closed this summer (2019) for logging. Check with the visitor’s center for closures. Also, the visitors center has a small library and art gallery. I would definitely come back!

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Sat Jun 08 2019

Good afternoon jog, well maintained

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Fri Mar 29 2019

Love the VIC. Our ‘go to’ place with our kids growing up. Will be taking my grandson here this summer.

Sat Sep 29 2018

Easy, well groomed, well marked wide trail. Enjoyable, relaxing walk through forest, past water, with lookout points along the way.

Wed Aug 08 2018

Nice relaxing trail. Lovely forest and wildlife.

Wed Aug 08 2018

Great trail with the kids and not too hard on out of shape adults

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Mon Jul 02 2018

Beautiful trail, very easy hike through a mix of terrain. Great for the family as we had 5, 7 and 10 year old's with us. Breathtaking views of the marsh with mountains in the background. An abundance of different birds and wildflowers to stop and identify. If you are in the area, this is a must do trail for any family whether you are a beginning hiker or an expert looking for relaxation. But, bring the bug spray!

running
Sat Aug 05 2017

Easy walk with wide, path softened with pine needles on the first half. Many beautiful views of the lake from well planned platforms. Excellent for seniors, children and joggers.

Sun Sep 04 2016

Nice easy walk. See a lot of variety. Enjoyed the water, marsh, and wooded trails. My second time there.

Sun May 01 2016

Easily accessible for little children or older people that want to get out in the woods. Nice building. Enjoyed it.

Fri Aug 21 2015

I walked these trails nearly every day when I attended Paul Smith's, and they a wonderful place for going out to relax and feel more in touch with nature. They are great trails to walk in any season, displaying a variety of habitats including mixed and coniferous forest, old logging areas, and large beaver ponds. I particularly enjoyed snowshoeing in the winter (which to me, is the best season in the ADK's). The trails are well maintained for both snowshoeing and skiing, and since Paul Smith's took this place over from NYS, both trails and interpretive center have improved greatly. A wide variety of educational programs, art shows, or guided hikes are now offered. I highly recommend the VIC if you want to walk relaxing trails that still capture the wildness of ADK country.

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