Saratoga PLAN Releases Updated Countywide Trails Dataset
Saratoga PLAN has released the latest updated countywide trails dataset, and the information is publicly available. Saratoga County boasts over 280 miles of recreation trails – with new trails added or improved each season. Saratoga PLAN is the keeper of a countywide trails dataset, which was originally compiled in 2011 and was updated during 2016-2017. The updates were made possible due to a network of tireless volunteers, important partners, and two skilled interns, Amy Marshall and Abigail Larkin.
This dataset is available to local and county planners, conservation organizations, and even individual trail enthusiasts simply by downloading the data as a shapefile or KMZ from PLAN’s website or the NYS Geographic Clearinghouse, or by viewing the data on the county’s website.
Knowing the location, condition, and allowable uses on a given trail is imperative for recreation planning by everyone from the casual or serious user to local and countywide planners. Saratoga county is known for its trail diversity, including the urban Saratoga Greenbelt Trail, the historic Champlain Canalway trail, the nature trails of Moreau Lake State Park, and the more local loops offering enjoyable outdoor experiences in Saratoga PLAN’s Coldbrook and Ballston Creek Preserves. Eventually, as new trails are developed, such as at Corinth Reservoir Recreation area, Anchor Diamond Park, or around Lake Bonita in Moreau Lake State Park, they will be mapped and added to the countywide trails dataset.
Saratoga PLAN could not have completed this project without help from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, & Historic Preservation, Saratoga County and municipalities, Skidmore College, The Nature Conservancy, Wilton Wildlife Preserve, and the many volunteers and friends of Saratoga PLAN.
Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) is a not-for profit conservation organization founded in 2003. In addition to directly conserving farmland, natural areas, and trail corridors throughout the Saratoga County region, Saratoga PLAN helps landowners, developers, communities, and local governments find innovative ways to guide development, promote sustainable economic growth, and enhance outdoor recreational areas and protect the natural qualities of the region.
Visit the Saratoga County trails maps page for more!