We were recently in Saratoga to see a performance at SPAC, and wanted to stretch our legs beforehand. This is an easy drive under 10 minutes from SPAC and the downtown area, and is an easy trail (under 1 mile). This trail opened in 2012 and is managed by Saratoga PLAN, and preserves many acres of land as well as the Rowland Hollow Creek water quality.
The Preserve is easy to find, and I used Google Maps to get there.
There is a nice sign along the road.
There is a parking lot that can hold several cars (at least 5), and when I went on a beautiful Saturday around 2:30pm, there was no one else there.
There is a nice kiosk at the trailhead, which was very informative.
There is a map at the trail kiosk, but you can also find the map here. This is just a portion of the map.
The trails are easy to navigate, as there are plenty of trail markers. Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve is 45-acres, and has approximately 3/4 mile of trails.
The trails are mostly flat, and wander through the woods.
Even though some of this preserve is next to houses, the trail was very quiet and peaceful.
The trails all had plenty of shade, which was nice for a hot day. There were also benches to sit and enjoy the quiet surroundings.
There is not a lot of scenery besides the wooded trails and a few spring flowers.
I enjoyed the trails and the scenery, like these pine needles and ferns.
Overall, this was a nice little hike. Nice trails and an easy walk, which would be nice for kids as well.
Check out my other Capital Region Hikes.
Check out the Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve website.