Vischer Ferry Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Clifton Park, New York that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, bird watching, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 13 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

historic site

Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve is a 600-acre preserve which includes the area between Riverview Road and the Mohawk River in the Town of Clifton Park. The Preserve has three areas of interest: a wetland ecosystem, the remains of the Erie Canal, and the site of the towns first settlement Located through the preserve, there are historical markers providing information dating back to the early 1900s. This wetland provides an excellent habitat for many species of birds and plants.

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bugs
muddy
1 day ago

Easy and fun. Somewhat muddy and buggy. Purple flowers in bloom now. Saw turtles and geese.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail

mountain biking
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off trail
3 days ago

Awesome ride up and down canal. Did some off the beaten trail riding and some pathways. Overall a pleasant ride and flowers look and smell amazing now!

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bugs
muddy
3 days ago

Saw two coyotes this morning. Be weary.

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bugs
muddy
4 days ago

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bugs
muddy
5 days ago

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bugs
muddy
6 days ago

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bugs
12 days ago

Pretty walk, but it is super buggy. If you have a pup tagging along be weary of snakes.

hiking
25 days ago

Nice trail with light crowd. I did see some snakes though which I wasn’t a fan of.

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28 days ago

Rode my bike

hiking
28 days ago

Was a beautiful day, so the park was hopping. Off the gravel path, on the grassy trails closer to the Mohawk, it was quieter. Lots of spring wildflowers, some butterflies, what looked like a snapping turtle nest, and of course birds galore. Would like to come back earlier in the morning or later in the evening. Very flat, clear, well-maintained trails. Would try and find a better map next time. (Sad to see so many masks tossed on the ground in the high-traffic areas.)

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29 days ago

Went for a early morning walk and was very nice and quiet. Not to many people a few joggers. Path is very well maintained. Love watching the geese, definitely on my list now to do morning walks.

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muddy
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Easy for all levels. Excellent wildlife, including snakes, beavers, turtles, fish, and even a mini tornado. Recommended for adults and children that are into wildlife.

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1 month ago

Busy as the weather is great! Saw lots of turtles and ducks. Would return!

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1 month ago

This is a great place to visit for seeing wildlife. We saw a number of different bird species and an otter. The trails are in relatively good condition, but you have to watch out for pot holes and tree roots. Bring bug spray!

walking
1 month ago

Walked from the parking lot to the old lock (2.4 miles RT) today. Beautiful gravel path with great nature views and lots of birds. Very flat and well kept, great for dogs.

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hiking
1 month ago

Relaxing trail that ties into the area’s history. Flat and easy. Shows off nature’s beauty!

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walking
1 month ago

We just a quick local walk to the old historic loc and back. Nice day out and people were out walking their dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

A must. You can go 2-12 miles easily in this trail system. The river overlook and canal locks are interesting and the section of trail with water on both sides is nice. Definitely worth the time!

hiking
1 month ago

Flat and easy. Decent views of the river

hiking
1 month ago

A family friendly hike. We went with our 10 year old daughter and she loved it.All trails maps helped a lot. Although this trail was well marked most parts. Some areas were a bit confusing. Maps really helped. It was not muddy. Its a easy hike and lot of nature sounds on the way. We loved it. The day we went for the hike they were very few people on this hike.

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flooded
1 month ago

Beautiful spot.

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muddy
1 month ago

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