North Woods Nature Preserve Trail

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North Woods Nature Preserve

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.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 95 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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!

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!

hiking
20 days ago

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

nature trips
21 days ago

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

Steep but well maintained and beautiful

hiking
24 days ago

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.

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

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

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

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11 months ago

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11 months ago

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.

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

bird watching
Tue May 07 2019

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.

running
Sun Apr 21 2019

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.

Mon Jun 25 2018

Nice trail. Take bug spray!!

hiking
Tue Feb 21 2017

The trailhead for this can be a bit confusing. It is in fact in the street in the middle of two houses. Kinda weird but didnt have any problems with parking. Walked around for about an hour or so. Did the yellow trail and ridge trail. Pretty mediocre but had a thought that maybe this could be a cool place to bring a sled along on a short day hike. Tons of hills on and off the beaten path. Will possibly make a return visit. This says Ballston Lake but is marked with Clifton Park signage. Decent stroll. Wore micros, snowshoes woulda been better. Oh well.

Sun Feb 12 2017

This is in my backyard. Great for snowshoeing!

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