Saratoga County is the "outdoor" place to be!
Whitewater rafting. Climbing a mountain. Kayaking. Cycling. Snow Shoeing. Running. Golfing. Rowing. Swimming. Mountain Biking. Skiing. Fishing. Name an outdoor activity that you love to do and we'll find you a great place in Saratoga County to do it.
The Great Sacandaga
The Great Sacandaga Reservoir is an undiscovered Mecca for boating, water sports, snowmobiling, skiing, fishing and all kinds of recreation. The Lake's surface area covers 42 square miles and includes 125 miles of shoreline. The Lake is 39 miles long with an average depth of 40 feet. Just 22 miles from Saratoga Springs, the Great Sacandaga Lake offers visitors spectacular scenic beauty and an environment rich with outdoor amenities. www.visitsacandaga.com
The Moreau Lake State Park
Moreau Lake State Park's lake lies amid hardwood forests, pine stands and rocky ridges. Shady groves of trees shelter picnic grounds and a pavilion overlooking the lake. Wooded campgrounds are quiet and secluded, offering facilities for group campers, as well as tent and trailer sites. The sandy beach, nature, hiking and cross-country ski trails, opportunities for boating, fishing and ice fishing, and proximity to the Saratoga Springs and Lake George areas make the park attractive to visitors seeking an outdoor adventure. In the summer, beach lounges, beach umbrella and fishing gear can be rented. In the winter, snowshoes are available for rent daily. http://nysparks.com/parks/150/details.aspx
The Saratoga Spa State Park
Saratoga Spa State Park, distinguished by its classical architecture and listed as a National Historic Landmark, is noted for its diverse cultural, aesthetic and recreational resources. In addition to the nationally-known Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Spa Little Theater, the National Museum of Dance, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, the Gideon Putnam Resort and Roosevelt Baths and Spa, the park offers a multitude of traditional recreation opportunities.
The Peerless Pool Complex consists of a main pool with a zero-depth entry, separate slide pool with a 19' double slide and a children's wading pool with a mushroom fountain. The Historic Victoria Pool is a smaller pool surrounded by arched promenades. Both pool areas include food and beverage services, showers, locker rooms and restrooms.
The Saratoga Spa State Park Golf Course offers two beautiful golf courses; a championship 18-hole course and a challenging 9-hole course, complete with pro shop and restaurant. The gentle terrain offers picnic areas, shady streamside trails, suitable for the nature-lover or the casual walker, as well as certified running courses used by joggers and high school and college athletes. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on approximately 12 miles of trails, ice skating, ice hockey.
Whitewater RaftingJoin the thousands of visitors that know about one of Saratoga County’s best kept secrets - whitewater rafting on the Sacandaga River.
With a Class II and III rating, the Sacandaga River is the perfect adventure for the entire family, young and old. Plus, as the most commercially rafted river in the area, it is easy for families and groups to experience their first whitewater rafting trip. The Sacandaga River is also open to the public and welcomes visitors who are able to tame the rapids on their own.
Visitors do not need any experience or any special gear to make a trip down the river. There are a number of commercial outfits in the area to choose from, which provide all the equipment needed to go whitewater rafting, as well as licensed and certified guides. If something is forgotten, visitors can usually purchase or rent anything that is not included in their whitewater rafting package.
One advantage of the Sacandaga is that it is not limited to the traditional whitewater rafting season, because the water flow is controlled by a dam on the Great Sacandaga Lake. Visitors can find guided adventures on the river from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. The water flow is the same all day, every day and is the only continuous release in the area. With a minimum of 8 hours and up to 12 to 15 hours of rapids, visitors won’t be limited to “high” times to get their thrill. The river is ready when its guests are.
Take a hike!
Hadley MountainWhen you reach the summit you will have excellent views of the Great Sacandaga Lake to the south. On a clear day one can see the High Peaks to the north and Lake Champlain to the east. Hadley Mtn. is located north of Saratoga Springs in the Wilcox Wilderness area of the Adirondack State Park. A couple of sections on the hike are steep and will definitely get the heart pumping. The fire tower at the top is one of the 34 remaining towers in the Adirondack Park. This tower and similar ones were built in the middle of the 1900's for spotting forest fires. There is a summit steward stationed here during the summer who will provide information on the area and open the tower for hikers.
Moreau Lake State ParkWith over 3,000 acres, this New York State Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking trails run throughout the park. It contains the Moreau Lake Bird Conservation Area and is designated as an Audobon's Moreau Lake Forest Important Bird Area. The park also hosts seasonal camping, beach and picnic area and year-round events.
For more information, go online to http://nysparks.com/parks/150/details.aspx
Vischer Ferry Nature PreserveThis nature preserve is located in southern Saratoga County along the Mohawk River. The trail system is well maintained and integrates sections of the Old Erie Canal and Towpath. As you stroll along the Mohawk River there are historical markers providing information dating back to the early 1900’s. The restored historic Whipple Bridge connects the trailhead/parking area along Riverview Rd to the preserve.
Walking less than a mile east from the footbridge, the trail ends at Clute’s Dry Dock. The trail heading directly south from the bridge will take you to the river’s edge and will provide beautiful scenery of the Mohawk River. There is access here for launching a canoe or kayak. This nature preserve is popular among dog walkers and joggers.
Wilton Wildlife PreserveCamp Saratoga was operated as a Boy Scout camp from 1930 to 2001, then it became part of the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. The preserve is 310 acres and located only eight miles from downtown Saratoga. The trails are excellent for jogging, walking, and easy mountain biking. As you explore you will notice old lean-to's and buildings once used by the scouts. This habitat supports the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly.
For more details, please visit http://www.wiltonpreserve.org