Explore the most popular hiking trails near Ballston Spa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Winter hike with scout

Scout and I did the winter loop. Great day

Great winter hike .

Nice little walk. Saw a deer when I went in October while waiting for my car to get repaired in the garage near by. Also lots of birdhouses from an area wide birdhouse making event. Saw alot of cool ones.

Nice trails, but rather poorly maintained and lacking trail maps at each of multiple entrances. Interpretive signs are in poor repair and trail marking is inconsistent. It's not at all just a few small loops as the AllTrails map makes it appear.

beautiful trails, great pond to sit and have a picnic by. not well marked trails at all and there are a lot of trails. know where you are going because it is easy to get lost in there especially once the leaves have fallen.

I really enjoyed that there were so many trails to choose from. It was like a choose your own adventure and you might get a little lost (which I did)!

This is a nice easy trail. I've walked it many times. Its great for bike riding and cross country skiing as well.

road biking
4 months ago

Great for family bike ride. Some areas south are gravel.

This was a great walk with the kids on 95 degree day. Cool and shady beneath the trees. The kids waded in the pond to cool off a little. I took a fishing pole out there just to see what I could catch. It wasn't much to catch but I caught a few and threw back. A great place for a short relaxing walk.

Trails were nice but really need more markers

This preserve is great for walking your pup. Trails are great for all seasons.

Good wide trails. Perfect for running, or just enjoying a nice walk with the kids. Trails well maintained.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Pretty decent way to spend a couple of hours eith friends and our dogs.

Really nice spot that is easy for kids with a little something to see. Surprisingly quiet despite being so close to traffic and the surrounding area.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tried to start at oak rd in BS and the trail was closed.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Walked a couple trails while I was fishing with my dog. The trails are wide and easy to navigate. The fishing isn't to good.

road biking
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Flat, Easy, Accessible from multiple areas. Great for biking and walking. Baby geese when the time is right, near Mechanicville at the beginning of the trail. Heavily trafficked with multiple stops for food, even a bar right at the intersection of route 9. If you aren't expecting a hike out of this or something crazy it is right for you. Quite something to do the entire trail on a bike though.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hiked the Zim Smith Trail today. Started at 11:00am on the dot at the end of Oak Road in Ballston Spa. It was very warm today, very wet and sloshy the whole way. The trail is nice and very wide open. You will hear the road the whole time. It is very close. You'll pass by Curtis Lumber, Stewarts and then even the Northway on into the morning church hustle of Round Lake on a Sunday. It's an active trail and saw many people on the trail. It seems people congregate in certain areas on this trail and don't roam too far from their respective parking lots. This trail connects all kinds of other little parks and areas along the way. No one really seems to be tackling the entire trail though. Another thing I noticed is no one wears proper footwear. Large postholing & bare booters everywhere. Did notice some snowshoe tracks that made me smile. People down this way don't have the same respect that north country hikers are accustomed to. I had read that this was a 9 mile one way hike. Much to my surprise I arrived in Round Lake at Leah's Cakery parking lot at 1:00pm exactly. I guess the trail continues on down past and into Clifton Park for a few miles. I did a clock in the car roughly on my way back home. Im figuring from Oak St to Round Lake is around 6.5-7 miles. This trail is flat as flat can be. Not once did I have to stop to catch my breath. If you happen to need to do that, there are many benches along the way. Not overly scenic but everything is more beautiful in the winter. Didn't see the Indian Guy carving which was somewhat dissappointing but i'll live. Decent walk, would possibly do again.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Easy walk, beautiful and peaceful. Great place to walk your dog :)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Beautiful trails, easy to follow. Great spot to walk your dogs!

Friday, January 27, 2017

great for walking my dog

Friday, January 06, 2017

The trail was a sheet of ice but we walked along the side. It's nice when no one is on the trail. Peaceful and quiet.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Very well maintained. My dog loved it. There were other people and dogs as well. Everyone was nice. Good experience I'll be going back for sure.

The trail was very easy, good for family's.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Incredibly easy and short. A great family friendly picnic area really. Should be noted that the trail cannot be seen from the road. It is located in the back of what residents of Ballston Spa call Kelley Park. Easy flat trail with some benches and a swimming hole at the end before you loop around to finish the trail. Some decent fishing spots as well.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Nice "walk in the park" as I call them.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Very relaxing and serene. A little confusing, trails could be more clearly marked.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Been coming here for awhile with friends and dog. It is my happy place and so serene. The trails are wide and easy to navigate. The pond is stocked regularly and it's a great local place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy nature.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Loved the amount of shade provided by the array of trees but I went with a friend and our young children and we got VERY lost!!! There are a lot of side trails leading to people's homes and it is not clear at all which is the Main loop trail. If you know where you're going would be a great place to take your dogs or jog... Reservoir is pretty but again hard to find depending on where you park your car... Also limited parking and no signs for trailhead on roweland!!

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