bog meadow brook nature trail and meadowbrook preserve
Bog Meadow Trail is undergoing maintenance and improvements.
The parking area on Route 29/Lake Avenue is now open and the northern portion of the trail can be used. The southern trailhead on Meadowbrook Road is closed for construction and the trail is not currently open at that end. Please observe marked off areas and signs, and be sure to stay clear of any construction activities. Thank you for your cooperation!
The Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, located in Saratoga Springs, was one of Saratoga PLAN’s earliest accomplishments. This two-mile path, great for warm season walks and cold season skiing, is a favorite among nature lovers. The trail was developed in 1993 by the Saratoga Springs Open Space Project (now Saratoga PLAN) in cooperation with the City of Saratoga Springs. The path travels along an abandoned railroad that once connected the city to various locations throughout the Northeast.
The Meadowbrook Preserve, which encompasses 174 acres of wetlands and woods, surrounds the trail, working to protect the watershed where maple, ferns, meadowsweet, and evergreens are commonly found. The majority of the Meadowbrook Preserve was donated to the Saratoga Land Conservancy (now Saratoga PLAN) back in 1988 by the Anderson family, with an additional parcel donated to PLAN in 2006 by Belmonte Builders and Bonacio Construction.
The entire Meadowbrook Preserve is owned and maintained by Saratoga PLAN, and the Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail is owned by the City of Saratoga Springs and maintained by Saratoga PLAN.
This preserve and trail are open to the public for nature study, walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Please carry out all your trash and leave only footprints. Dogs must be leashed and under control at all times; please clean up after your pet.
The following activities are NOT permitted in the preserve or on the trail:
- Cutting, digging, removing, or damaging any tree, shrub, flower, or plant;
- Hunting, trapping, removing, harassing, touching or feeding wildlife;
- Use of firearms, paint ball devices, or artificial light;
- Bicycles, horses, or motorized vehicles, snowmobiles, ATVs, etc.;
- Alcohol or illegal substances; and
- Camping or igniting fires.
Please follow the rules so that these resources can continue to be accessible to the community.
The Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail is two miles long with designated parking areas on each end.
To the Route 29 Entrance:
From downtown Saratoga Springs: Take Lake Avenue/Route 29 east from the city. Go through the traffic light at Weibel Avenue. The trail entrance will be about 300 yards past the light on your right. From I-87: Take exit 14 and head west (take a right) on Union Avenue, towards Saratoga Springs. At the first traffic light make a right onto Henning Road. At the intersection/light with Lake Avenue/Route 29, make a right. Go through the traffic light at Weibel Avenue. The trail will be about 300 yards past the light on your right.
To the Meadowbrook Road Entrance:
Follow the directions above, then proceed east on Route 29/Lake Avenue past the Route 29 entrance. At the first traffic light, make a right onto Staffords Bridge Road then take your first right onto Meadowbrook Road. The parking lot will be 1/4 mile down the road on your right. The trailhead is located about 50 yards further up the road from the parking area, on the same side of the road as the parking area.
In 2018 Saratoga PLAN is building a new trail connection that will start at the Meadowbrook Road parking area, eliminating the need to walk along the road to the trailhead. This trail is closed until construction is finished.
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