With spring weather underway, we have been itching to get outside and try some new trails.
Anchor Diamond Park was easy to find on Google Maps.
It was nice to see plenty of parking there. Since the pandemic started, we often drive from trailhead to trailhead trying to find a spot. The parking lot at Anchor Diamond is huge! There was a decent amount of cars, but there was still ample parking, and surprisingly, we saw few people that day while hiking.
There is a lot of information at the trailhead kiosk, including maps, the history behind the park, and the natural history. I read online that the land was purchased by the town in 2015, and the park is relatively new.
In addition to the kiosk, there are maps in many locations throughout the park, so it is hard to get lost.
There are also arrows painted on many trees throughout, corresponding to the trail color.
There is a lot of history here, as this is the former Hawkwood property, and you can see the foundation remains of buildings.
This is a photo of the original Hawkwood mansion. It was interesting to learn some of the local history and see remains of the mansion as well as other things throughout the park. Check out this article to read more about the park history.
There are stone walls throughout the park, and I enjoyed how the trail meandered back and forth over the stream and wall.
There are several bridges and boardwalks over water and muddy areas, so despite spring rain, mud was not much of an issue.
There are many different trails at Anchor Diamond, so you can really tailor it to whatever distance you want to go. The main trail that goes down the center is 0.7 miles, so you could stick with that (it is not a loop, so in and back would be 1.4 miles), or add on other mileage.
I liked how the trails differ in scenery, from pine-cone littered forest to more open areas, a stream, etc.
We enjoyed seeing some spring wildflowers in bloom at the park (I believe this is a marsh marigold).
Trillium is another popular spring wildflower that we spotted along the trail.
You can find an Anchor Diamond Park trail map here.
Check out our posts on other Capital Region hikes here.
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Such a great place to visit, to relax and a great chance to breathe a fresh air.
This looks like such a lovely place to visit.
the park is so beautiful; and those stone walls all around must add a cool factor to this park
What a wonderful place to take a walk. I need to check this place out.
We have done SO MUCH hiking this past year. The kids have loved it more than I thought they would.
What a neat place to walk. I love history, so this would be my kind of area.
I would love to visit this park with my family.
This looks like a nice an peaceful place!
Wow, this looks like such a beautiful place to visit! My family has really enjoyed getting out more and going for hikes. Little adventures is always a great way to have fun.
Such a beauitful peaceful looking place, I love being with nature most of the time.
What a beautiful place! I’d love to check it out.
The park looks great. It seems really big and easy to avoid others too. I’d love to go with the kids.
What a gorgeous place! Looks like a great place to go hiking and enjoy the outdoors.
That park is really beautiful. My family also loves to get out and go to parks. I’m sure we’ll be going to a lot this year as well. We’re just waiting for it to warm up here.
These trails look like a lot of fun! We day hike/walk our local parks a lot and enjoy taking trips to a place called Rim Rock and Jake’s Rocks, so much to explore and see!
The weather is warmer her too so we can’t wait for more outdoor activity. We love trails so much! It’s the best way to enjoy the nature around you!
This is such a lovely place! I would love to visit and have a peaceful walk with some close friends.
This looks like a beautiful park to explore.
What a beautiful place to explore and enjoy nature. Love the stream. It’s always so relaxing to look at.
This park is so beautiful! The scenery is fantastic. I’d love to take a walk along its trails. So serene and very relaxing.
What a beautiful place! I would love to take the kids if we are ever in the area.
What a beautiful place to visit. I love reading about outdoor places as an avid dog Walker.
It looks beautiful. I live in England and we walk in a spot called Limpsfield Chart in Surrey that looks so similar to this area. Can’t beat a good walk in nature.
Such a peaceful and scenic park! It would be really nice to visit with the warmer weather.
Looks like very serene setting.
Anchor Diamond Ballston Spa is such a stunning place and perfect to head to as a family top enjoy nature
This looks a lovely and remote Spring getaway. Your pictures are amazing, I feel like I am there
What a lovely trail. It’s so good for the mind and body to get out into nature!
Indeed such a great place to unwind and destress! I wish I am near this! Ohh how I miss travelling so bad.
Wow, such a great place to take a walk! I haven’t stepped out of home since March 2020! So I can’t wait to travel now, even to a shorter distance 😍
my kids and I always love a good trail to hike/walk on! This spot looks perfect for a fresh air adventure, fun!
New York always amazes me. This is such a gem!