North Woods Nature Preserve Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ballston Lake, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.0 miElevation gain95 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewswild-flowersWildlifeBugs
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Hidden hike in residential Clifton Park, formerly the "Round Lake Reservoir" The target of today's hike used to be known as the "Round Lake Reservoir" and was owned by the Round Lake Water Company. It's now a little-known Nature Preserve owned by the Town of Clifton Park. This spot has been an attractive place to explore for local residents for at least as long as the neighboring houses have been here, which is 1970. It's a short and pleasant hike, with the only known hazards being the legendary "North Woods Mosquitoes". They're small, but they can be numerous and VERY hungry!

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Kathleen Humiston
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HikingSnow

Neighbor hike that spends time near a beautiful creek. Clear markers to help you stay on the trail. aware of the first few sections. There was an awful lot of dog poop in the middle of the trail.

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Steve Bianconi
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Hiking

Great neighborhood trail system. mostly easy hiking. Skis, micro-spikes, or snowshoes recommend during the Winter.

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Daniel Johnson
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Walking

A winters walk on hard packed snow through the woods. The trail loops around a stream and pond at the end. Part of the trail borders several properties and felt like I was cutting through their backyards.

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rainer pelish
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Hiking

the trail was well maintained has several off shoots and everything except entrance and part of the pond is labeled as yellow trail so it's easy to get turned around.

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bryan blume
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Sal P
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Hiking

Trail was good, lots of bugs and no parking lot at trail head. Plenty of street parking just don’t block anyone’s driveway.

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Victoria Bocketti
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Hiking

It’s a well maintained trail with lots of little offshoots. A nice walk in the woods. You may run into a few dog people but everyone was nice. The trailhead is in the middle of a residential neighborhood, so you’ll have to park on the street in front of people’s houses.

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Lauren A
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Hiking

Bugs were awful. Turned away quick.

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Samantha Palmer
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Sarah LaRose
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HikingBugs

This trail certainly has potential but be prepared with bug spray! I brought my three boys aged 4, 6, and 12 and had to turn around less than a 1/4 mile in due to the bugs swarming us.

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Debbie Vickery
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Hiking

This was a nice trail few small hills. We saw lots of chipmunks and some huge frogs in the pond.

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Bridget MacLagger
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HikingBugs

Nice short hike. About 1 mile round trip. We followed the blue trail. Leads to a pond and a creek. Two bridges. Nice little spot we had a picnic lunch!

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Chelsea Britton
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Hiking

No parking, feel kinda weird parking on the road in the middle of the neighborhood.

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Hiroki Taylor
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Nature trips

this trail was very enjoyable. not to steep. i would not recommend using a stroller or walker.

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Jessica Evans
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Hiking

Steep but well maintained and beautiful

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rsx parts.
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Hiking

So peaceful, not crowded when I went on a 52 degree afternoon, in fact nobody else was there. No parking. And DEFINITELY NOT A MODERATE HIKE. This should be labeled an EASY hiking trail. And its short.

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Jason Braley
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Hiking

It is a peaceful walk but I would not recommend coming here.

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Michael Taormina
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HikingSnow

Testing out new gear and pack on the snow. Very little traffic through the snow and peaceful for being in the middle of a neighborhood

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Michael Taormina
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Hiking

I’ve done some of these trails before. Great for bringing kids.....today it was just extra buggy.

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Jean Marks
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Jean Marks
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Laura Huggins
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HikingBugs

Although this trail is marked moderate, I would say its on the easier side of moderate. I am completely out of shape and just over 50. Family friendly but I don’t know that I’d take a stroller. Very buggy, bring your spray! Overall a well kept path, loops around a stagnant pond which prob accounts for the king sized skeeters! Gets your heart going a little for sure! No mud today.

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Michael Taormina
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Hiking

Great little trail to bring carry on kids, and little hikers.

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Tick Magnet
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Bird watching

Trails were in very good shape with no mud, blow down or litter. We walked yellow and blue trails down and around the pond. Other than one mountain biker, we saw no one else in two hours of exploring. The bird watching was pretty good by the pond with many different warbler species around.

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Jared Desrochers
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Running

The foot paths were recently cleared off, and downed trees cut and moved. That made several paths easier to follow and a few noticeable that were not very clear before. There are loops to follow on both sides of the main trail, which is an old road. I trail run here, and I like it for that. It is not a large area, but the trails make about as much as they can of the space. Parking is on the street, and has been fine. The old reservoir and stream at the center are small but nice. Have also seen mtn bikers and hikers using periodically.

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Robert Fraser
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Nice trail. Take bug spray!!

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