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.

Length3.9 miElevation gain13 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingBeachPartially pavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsHistoric site
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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.

Parking lot is large enough to hold several vehicles.

Main entrance: There is a small parking lot at the Whipple Bridge at the intersection of VanVranken and Riverview Road

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carly briggs
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Tom B
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M Cz
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I usually love this area but 3 feet of snow that melted along with rain has created considerable flooding in December. Nonetheless saw a muskrat family and woodpecker. The hydroelectric dam was full of raging water and interesting.

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Tom B
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Christian Silvia
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Pam Phillippe
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Started at Clutes dry dock where a new access parking and bridge across the canal recently opened. Also added more of the towpath to view of lock and dam no. 7. The towpath section is generally well maintained, peagravel trail. The woods are pleasant floodplane hardwood forest

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John Morton
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lots of people but plenty of parking. trails well marked and clear of obstructions. nice nightcap on a fall day. will be back.

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Clea Stagnitti
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Beautiful late fall short hike with a touch of flurries.

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seunghyun lee
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Don Ruberg
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Daniel Johnson
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Scenic walk. Very busy. Some spots are narrow for passing people with dogs.

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Tammy C
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Very pretty trail. Well marked.

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Clea Stagnitti
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Great for easy walking and trail running. Nice woods and wetlands. Birds everywhere plus the history of the canal.

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tammy thayer
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carly briggs
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Alison Mesick
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Rainy & warm. Trail marked well. Ducks, geese, toad, & frog. Few people.

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Audrey guan
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Jess Daniels
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Beautiful day for it! Very peopley, but if you have been here before you know the way to avoid most :)

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Tim Ryan
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Beautiful great people Too! Took my German Shepard

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Krystin Strand
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beautiful. my only complaint would be the horse droppings along the

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Gail Aiken
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Very nice walking trail. Nice and flat. Good birding. Weather not so great

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Katie Aiken
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Lillian Lasher
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Lillian Lasher
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Gorgeous day in Turkey Paradise.

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Chun Ming Wu
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Nice

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Lillian Lasher
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We did not walk all this distance. Totes forgot to turn off app.

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Erin Vaughn
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Confusing at some intersections but the app got us back on track

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William Werner
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Steven Zymanek
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Very buggy

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Barbara Polidore
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Nice flat walk, buggy in a few areas.

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