We were looking for somewhere to go hiking in the Saratoga area. I found Woods Hollow Nature Preserve, which is under 10 minutes from Saratoga Spa National Park.
I used Google Maps to find the park. Google directed me to a large parking lot located off Northline Road.
The entrance to the parking lot is not labeled, so I almost missed it. It was also very difficult to cross over traffic when it was time to leave, as there was quite a bit of traffic on this road.
There are some pull-off areas on Ballston Ave as well. Due to traffic and the trails I tried, I would have preferred to park in one of the pull-off areas.
There is a kiosk with some information and a trail map.
Unfortunately, the kiosk trail map is not the best.
I did see some Google reviews that say it can be tough to follow the trails. I did notice that the trees were spray painted with colors, and there are no actual trail markers. The kiosk map was also not color-coded, so I wasn’t sure where I was going, even if a tree was marked with a color.
I read that the trails are about 1.9 miles. There are lots of different loops and segments with areas to explore.
I started off on the trail by the parking lot. It is a wide and mostly flat trail.
I wasn’t particularly impressed by the scenery to start, as there was some trash, and a sandy area that appeared to be showing some wear (maybe by bikers).
However, I spotted some pretty flowers along the trails.
The trails are flat and meander through forested areas, and I enjoyed the shade that the trees provided.
I did not make it to the pond at the preserve, but it is a great feature of this natural area. Check out this blog for a post and photos of the pond:
Overall, the preserve was a nice way to get outdoors and enjoy some walking. I would have liked to see a nicer map and trail markers, and a sign for the parking lot as well. Some of the trails and areas were not particularly scenic, but the pond is a nice feature if you make it over there.
Check out my other Capital Region Hikes.