Healthy Parks

The "Healthy Parks. Healthy People." initiative is international in scope and recognizes that individual and community health is reliant on a thriving park system that is valued highly by the communities that it serves.

Locally in Saratoga County, New York, we are blessed with limitless possibilities for outdoor recreation in our national, state and local parks and trails. We believe this abundance of outdoor resources is one of the reasons why Saratoga County is such a healthy place to live, work and play.

Outdoor Adventure Awaits

We have the Saratoga National Historical Park. Here in the autumn of 1777, American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory in the Battle of Saratoga renewed patriots’ hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world. Saratoga National Historical Park is actually made up of three sites, none of them physically touching the others: the Battlefield (in Stillwater, NY), Schuyler House (in Schuylerville, NY, about 8 miles north of the Battlefield) and the Saratoga Monument (in Victory, about 3/4 miles west of Schuyler House). The Park is about 3400 acres in size. The Battlefield is the largest of the three Park units, at about 3000 acres. Within the park, there are multiple opportunities for hiking, cycling, walking, and other healthy recreational activities for people of all ages.

We have three New York State Parks in Saratoga County as well:

Moreau Lake State Park - The activities you can do here include: biking, fishing, hiking, swimming, hunting, ice fishing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and more. 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. Two pavilions, each with a 120-person capacity and a 20'x30' tent which can accommodate up to 75 people, may be reserved on a daily basis. 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. In the summer, beach lounges, beach umbrella and fishing gear can be rented. In the winter, snowshoes are available for rent daily.

Peebles Island State Park - Peebles Island State Park is at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. It offers spectacular river and rapids views for walkers and joggers who take advantage of the miles of paths through the gently rolling and wooded landscape. Picnickers and fishermen come to relax and winter visitors use the facilities to cross-country ski, hike and snowshoe.

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 slide pool has a minimum height requirement of 48" tall. 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. For more information and to reserve a tee time online visit: Saratoga Spa Golf

The gentle terrain offers picnic areas, shady stream side 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.

Local Parks & Outdoor Resources:

Saratoga County includes hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, running, cycling, cross-country skiing, horse-riding and more. There are natural trails and mountain biking trails. We're home to the Great Sacandaga Lake, Saratoga Lake, and the Hudson River adding to the recreational opportunities locals and visitors alike can explore and enjoy. Below are a range of local organizations that are working diligently to embrace the idea that our local parks, trails and open spaces can and should be used by those looking to live a more healthy lifestyle.

Champlain Canalway Trail

Saratoga PLAN

Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park

Saratoga Greenbelt Trail

Roohan Realty Promotes Saratoga's Healthy Parks:

Parks and Trails Map

Water, Lakes and Rivers Map

Winter Recreation Opportunities

Saratoga County Trails:

The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors and the Saratoga County Planning Department have consistently invested in the preservation of open space, the protection of farmland and the construction of significant trails and trail networks across Saratoga County. Below are links to many of the trail maps that showcase these amazing outdoor options for residents and visitors alike to enjoy while living a healthy lifestyle: