Now that my kids are getting older, we enjoy going on some longer hikes. However, it was nice to have short hikes to go on when they were younger. Ashford Glen is a very short hike located right in Schenectady, NY, and is one I would recommend for parents with toddlers. The Mohawk Conservancy website describes this trail as “Less than 1 mile of easy walking trail“.
It is easy to find the preserve, which is located in a residential neighborhood.
There was plenty of parking along the road, in a quiet neighborhood. There were signs warning us to be careful not to park on the grass.
There is a trailhead with information. I don’t remember if we saw a map there, and I did not see one online either. However, the trail is quite short, and is a quick in and out of the woods.
The trail seems well-maintained.
The trail is a very easy stroll through the woods, and the paths are wide (good for social distancing).
Not far in, there was a sign saying that we had reached the end of the preserve, so we headed back.
We saw some spring wildflowers along the way.
We were done with this walk in a very short amount of time.
While it is a relaxing walk, it is probably not worth the drive unless you are nearby and have younger children.
Check out the Ashford Glen Preserve at:
Check out the list of other trails we have hiked in the Capital Region here.
You have so many great ideas for seeing the natural New York. This was anice trail for younger kids and it looked really pretty.
I’m so glad to be able to do walking and hiking again! This looks like a great place to get in some exercise while still social distancing.
Wow nature at its best! Seems like you had a great time
What a beautiful spot! I would love to get here one day. I love going on hikes or walks with pretty scenery so I can take some photos along the way.
That looks so lovely and peaceful. My kids love going for walks and collecting leaves. Hoping the weather stays nice here so we can head out more.
What a beautiful looking location to go and explore. It looks like it would be somewhere you could go back to time after time and always see something new.
This looks like a wonderful experience. It’s always nice to go outside and explore.
This looks like a great place to take my mom. She is in her 80s, but is in pretty good shape. I think she would enjoy this hike!
Looks like such a peaceful and beautiful place. So nice to get out and get fresh air.
These places are so beautiful, peaceful and so relaxing. Love them!
Wow! Such an amazing place, as I’m a nature lover. This is my kind of place that makes me happy and calm. Thanks for sharing.
I went to college in upstate NY and it’s absolutely beautiful!
This looks like a wonderful experience.
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We have a place like this close by that I love visiting. It’s so much fun exploring out in nature.
I used to live in Upstate New York as a child. This makes me want to go back! It’s beautiful there.
What a great trail to walk. I miss walking outside and enjoy the sun.
These NY trails are so stunningly beautiful. I would love to take the kiddos there one day.
Shorter hikes can be nice! Doesn’t take as much planning and preparation. I love early spring like this, when just a hint of spring is coming through.