Best kid friendly trails in Schenectady, New York

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Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Schenectady with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of kid friendly trails in Schenectady, New York
Top trails (11)
#1 - Lisha Kill Nature Loop
Lisha Kill Natural Area
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
Trail consists of Grattan Family Trail (red), Frank's Trail (yellow), and Paul's Trail (blue). The Lisha Kill Preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy, is a rare example of an old growth forest in a developed area. Some of trees (Eastern white pine and Eastern hemlock) are estimated to be well over 200 years old. Route 7 was originally slated to pass through this lovely forest. Through the efforts of local residents, it was saved for future generations. The trail (marked with red) heads south crossing a creek on a small bridge. Soon you reach a T-intersection. Bear right and continue along the top edge of the ravine. The trail drops down to the level of the stream before climbing again and returning you back at the T-intersection. Turn right and head back to the parking area. Show more
#2 - Sanders Preserve Trail
Schenectady, New York
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
Sanders Preserve is a loop trail located near Schenectady, New York that features a waterfall 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.Show more
#3 - Great Flats Nature Trail
Schenectady, New York
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
Bring your binoculars and watch closely for birds, amphibians, and little animals as you circle this remarkable preserve. From the trailhead, a well-defined path is followed through woodland displaying a variety of plants and trees. The wooded area eventually gives way to wetlands and a small lake. Here the path becomes a boardwalk round the lake.Show more
#4 - Indian Meadows Park Loop Trail
Indian Meadows Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 38 m
#5 - Reist Sanctuary Yellow Trail Loop
H.G. Reist Wildlife Sanctuary
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 37 m
#6 - Mohawk River State Park Loop
Schenectady, New York
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h
NOTE: As of August 2020, hikers report that part of the trail is closed due to road work. Mohawk River State Park covers 107 acres in the vicinity of Lock 7 and has a boat launch as well as hiking trails. New York State purchased what was previously known as the Schenectady Museum Natural Preserve when making this park. The Mohawk Hudson Hike-Bike trail runs through park and serves as the starting point for a number of interconnected trails through the woods including the John F Brown Trail system which run through 100 acres of Niskayuna Town Land North of the park. Terrain is varied and runs through a number of ecosystems: mixed forests, overgrown fields, ravines. There are a few hills but the trails switchback so they aren't too steep. Most of the stream crossings have bridges. There are some older, informational signs and a number of newer markers providing some identification details for the trees they are on.Show more
#7 - Moccasin Kill Blue and Red Loop
Moccasin Kill Sanctuary
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 39 m
#8 - Truax Trail
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve contains nearly 18 miles of official marked, multiple-use trails. Most trails are considered easy to moderate and vary from wide open sandy trails to narrow, grassy woodland passages. The topography is generally flat with gradual slopes up and down the natural sand dunes.Show more
#9 - Kings Highway Barrens
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 32 m
#10 - Ashford Glen Preserve Trail
Ashford Glen Preserve
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 13 m
The property on Vly Creek, a tributary of the Mohawk River, is a beautiful 11.5 acre glen. The Glen contains a large variety of plants including the following variety of ferns: Christmas, Cinnamon, Interrupted, Lady, New York, Royal, Sensitive, and Wood.Show more
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