As many of us have been finding ourselves stuck indoors, we can finally get out an enjoy the warmer weather. One of the best things about living above the ‘Twin Bridges’, is the hiking trails near Saratoga Springs, NY. There are a lot of different trails you can hike depending on your level of experience, time investment and athletic ability. Start exploring some of the best hiking in New York, right outside your apartment door!
Beginner Hiking Trails:
Gideon Putnam Trail – This is an easy 6.4-mile trail system in the Saratoga State Park and great for any level of experience. There are trails that follow a stream and give you a great way to experience nature. Pack a picnic and start enjoying the creek, wildflowers, and birds.
The Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail – This is an easy two-mile-long trail that follows a path of an old railroad. The trail is flat with benches along the side where you can stop, rest, and enjoy the sights. The trail connects to a bog where many birds frequent the area. Bring binoculars and your camera because you will sure see some great wildlife.
Five Mile Trail – This 5.21-mile trail is a beautiful walk in the Saratoga State Park. This Saratoga hiking spot gives you great views of a waterfall and great for all skill levels. You can even bring your dog as long as they are on a leash!
Intermediate Hiking Trails:
Spruce Mountain Trail – This hiking trail is about 20 minutes from Saratoga in Corinth, NY. Spruce Mountain Trail offers a moderate 2.5-mile hike to the mountain summit and fire tower. On a clear day, you can see amazing views of the southern Adirondacks, Hudson River, and Green Mountains.
Buck Mountain – Buck Mountain is a moderate 6.6-mile hike roughly 45 minutes from Saratoga. This hike offers amazing views of Lake George and the Adirondacks from the top of the summit. There are some rocky spots, so it is not recommended for young children. The trail also connects to other trail systems for a bit of a longer hike if you choose.
Experienced Hiking Trails:
Prospect Mountain – Prospect Mountain is a moderate/difficult 3.2-mile hike about 35 minutes from Saratoga Springs. This hike has a steep grade in spots which puts it in the more difficult category. This hiking trail gives you amazing views which makes it one of the more popular trails in the area.
Adirondack High Peaks – Close to Saratoga, the Adirondack Park is home to some of the most difficult hikes in New York. There are 46 high peaks recognized as part of the Adirondack 46ers challenge. They range in difficulty from intermediate to difficult. Completing all 46 puts you in an elite category of hikers.
These are just a few in the laundry list of hikes close to where you live! Saratoga Springs hiking trails offer endless options with some of the best views so anyone can get out and enjoy nature! We look forward to seeing all your hiking pictures!