Trail

Red Trail- Skidmores Northwoods

Saratoga Springs, NY
Length: 1.10 mi.
Type: Lollipop

About This Trail

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The main trails date back all the way to 1879 when Judge Henry Hilton acquired the land, building Woodlawn Park: a community of mansions, horse carriage trails, and a toboggan slide. It is the Northern section of this land that, after a
variety of different owners, eventually became Skidmore College’s North Woods. It currently spans around 160 acres, and is maintained as a natural space for the Skidmore and surrounding community alike. It is an area where people can connect with nature through meditation, walking, hiking, and running. It also serves as Skidmore’s outdoor laboratory, with over 30 courses utilizing the woods for classwork and student-faculty research. This research ranges from studies on the causes and consequences of earthworm invasions, to tracking the resilience of certain invasive species, to archeological excavations!

– Comprised of Northern Hardwood and Oak-Hickory Forest
– Holds over 660 species of plants (5 found only in Saratoga County)
– Has 33 species of ferns
– Home to a variety of animals including efts, hawks, turtles, woodpeckers, snakes, toads and frogs
– Lies on the McGregor Fault, which runs though most of Saratoga Springs, and results in Saratoga’s famous natural
mineral springs
– The hill that the water tower sits upon (on the Red Trail) is the highest point in Saratoga Springs!

The Red Trail crosses over a creek, by two ponds/lakes, and through a meditation area. This trail is easy and fun for all ages.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Lake, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

Trail Contributor

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Originally from Ohio, Natalie Kendrach currently lives in Ballston Spa, New York with her husband (Mitchell), daughter (Olivia) and son (Henry). She is one of the Branch Ambassadors for HiB Capital Region NY and HiB Southern Adirondacks, as well as, a volunteer for the National HiB Blog and Calendar Teams. When she’s not on the trail, she enjoys sewing, reading, traveling, sailing, camping and photography.