The Western Turnpike Golf Course is a nice place in Guilderland to go for a walk on the paths. We learned about the walking paths from a friend, and the golf course has been a convenient and relaxing place to visit. You can go in the spring, before the golf course opens up, or other times when the golf course is not in use. The golf course is owned by the Town of Guilderland, and in addition to golfing, they offer banquets, winter cross country trails, and more.

While the walking paths are not the same as the cross country trails, this map (from the golf course Facebook page) gives you a little bit of an idea of what the golf course is like as far as layout and distances. We calculated how far we went on the paths (again, not the same as the cross-country trails), and I believe the distance was about 4 miles. Because there are so many paths and looks, you can do different distances and combinations.

Note that there is no walking when the golf course is open (screenshot from the Town of Guilderland Website).

The entrance to the golf course is right on Western Ave in Guilderland, and is easy to find.

There is a long road that goes to the clubhouse area. There are plenty of parking spots.

Most of the golf course is flat, with some hillier areas. There are plenty of scenic areas including ponds, wooded areas, old willow trees, and more.

We have also seen a variety of wildlife here, including a variety of birds, geese, ducks, and deer.

The paths are a nice option, especially in the spring when many trails are quite muddy.

Part of the trail system backs up to Tawasentha Park, also a nice place to walk around.

Check out Western Turnpike Golf Course website at

Check out my other Capital Region Hikes here.

Other nearby hikes:
Bozen Kill Preserve, Altamont, NY
Christman Sanctuary, Duanesburg, NY 
Tawasentha Park, Guilderland, NY
Thacher Park Indian Ladder Trail, Voorheesville, NY 
Thacher Park Hiking Trails, Voorheesville, NY 
Vosburgh Trails, Guilderland, NY 
Winn Preserve, Altamont, NY
Wolf Creek Falls Preserve, Altamont/Knox, NY 


About the Author: Marysa

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