Zim Smith Pedestrian Trail is a 20.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ballston Spa, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length20.3 miElevation gain295 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakePavedRiverWildlife
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A popular biking trail, this paved route passes through wooded areas following an old rail line. There are many places to park at different locations. You can park up in Ballston Spa, Shenentaha Park, Leah’s Cakery, The Mill, Coons Crossing and more. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved asphalt, smooth, and typically at least six feet wide. The grade is flat (all estimated under 1%) so most wheelchair and stroller users will likely find this trail navigable.

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Dan Petersen
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Thomas Mercadante
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Mark Wells
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David Shumpert
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Road bikingGreat!
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Dan Petersen
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Dan Petersen
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John Mahar Sr.
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Hiking

I’m not a fan of paved trails and, frankly, there’s a really bad odor for several miles of the trail. It smelled like a dump.

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Joseph Barra
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HikingGreat!

This is a horrible trail for walkers. The bikers on this trail are horrible. They are constantly telling you to move out of the way. Bikers !walkers have the right of way.. Bikers are distracted by their device. We need to clamp down on bikers and start fining them.

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Lillian Lasher
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Jill Opitz
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Very well maintained.

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jason hale
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Great fall walk

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Barbara Polidore
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Flat paved trail ideal for bicycles and strollers. A little boring but pleasant.

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Randy Squier
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Road biking

Eastern end is newly paved. Portion East of Ushers road includes fence covered section through golf course adjacent to busy train yard. A few up and downs. From Ushers Road to Ballston Spa very flat. All paved. Well maintained. Goes through mostly wooded areas following old rail line. Passes one park with disc golf course and can be accessed by several trail points. Ends of west end one mile from village of Ballston Spa.

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Sandie Condit
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Very easy to walk or bike

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J. Reynolds
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Road bikingGreat!

Awesome biking trail! Loved starting near the golf course in Mechanicville. The view of the train yard was really neat too. Cant wait to do it again!

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Laura Hall
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Doug Butler
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Great! A few rude people walking 2 abreast. Really??

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Nathaniel Gray
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Beautiful, not crowded, sun and shade, not too much elevation and made for an amazing ride

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Shayna Lee Thums
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Shayna Lee Thums
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Stuart Guthrie
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Road bikingGreat!
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Michelle P
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Road biking

Well kept but very busy on a Sunday morning

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Gary Lefkowitz
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Nice, paved path. Fairly heavily trafficked on a Saturday

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Erica Bater
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All paved. It’s all open. Many places to park at different locations. Park up in Ballston Spa, Shenentaha Park, Leah’s Cakery, The Mill, Coons Crossing and More. The trail is flat. Slight incline over a distance...but you don’t notice it. All in shade. The new portion from Coons Crossing to Mechanicville follows the railroad track. It is hilly and all in sun. You do go through the golf course but there are cages around you so you don’t get hit.

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Christine Whyte
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Hiking

New smooth surface. Lovely ride. It’s all open now, even though there were signs that it was partly closed. Check out “ The Mill at Round Lake” for lunch!

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Danielle Morales
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William Myles
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Emily Lawlor
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Mountain biking

AWESOME!!! My new favorite trail for racking up miles. There was some maintenance happening today (7/1) but otherwise Great Path

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Kelly Packard
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Road bikingBugs

I bike this at least once a summer, including 6/9/20. It was quite busy for a Tuesday but I imagine lots of others are in my furloughed shoes. Thankfully no trail closures as other recent reviews mention. Bugs were ferocious closer to the Coons Crossing end. I always park on Underpass Road in Ballston and had never been down the extended portion of the trail there up to Oak Street until this time - it is well worth the 3 extra miles total. Stopped into Leah's Cakery for a carrot cake cupcake along my way :)

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Lucas Ferro
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Bike touringNo shade

Fantastic ride. Very Sunny. Some hills. Plenty of parking at the Coons Crossing Rd. Trail-head.

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