Vischer Ferry Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Vischer Ferry Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clifton Park, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
19 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

beach

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

24 days ago

walking
1 month ago

Nice day to check out old Lock 19 on the Erie Canal. The re-surfaced trail was great to walk on and the critters were out enjoying the spring sun.

1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Trail is not marked. Easy to get lost when there is snow covering the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is not marked, but is relatively easy to follow so long as you know where you are going. Take your time looking at the map and think about it before you go off the main trail. However, even if you do get lost the place is not very big, just give yourself ample time to get back to your car. Keep your sense of direction in relation to the river and you should be fine, when you're going back on one of the shortcuts back your back should be to the river.

hiking
6 months ago

November 2016: Trails aren't marked and it's easy to walk off on what appears to be a trail (and easy to get lost). I also think the map at the entrance is outdated. There are many large trucks parked on the trails.

6 months ago

6 months ago

7 months ago

closed oct 8 - 14 2016

7 months ago

Whipple Bridge!!!!!

hiking
8 months ago

I have visited a number of times, always during the summer. The only time I didn't enjoy it was when I forgot the insect repellent. Be warned! Can be very buggy.

This is a great place to observe wildlife as there are ponds, swampy areas and of course the river. I have seen frogs, butterflies, bees, dragonflies, herons, kingfishers, turtles and flocks of turkeys here.

hiking
8 months ago

walking
8 months ago

This is an easy trail with areas of shade to cool you from the sun. Easy walk and has a couple small bridges over the water. Look for Eagles and Herring, butterflies and frogs. There is also picnic tables ( 1-2 ) and a coal grill you can use by the water. Bring bug spray although not terribly buggy just here and there. Our second visit here and will come again for a nice easy walk. Pet friendly on leash.

cross country skiing
8 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Nice walk.

walking
10 months ago

Buggy and snakes. Trails are not marked. Very green and easy walking.