Malta offers a wealth of interesting walking trails – some feature historic sites and some are just plain beautiful. Here's a quick list that highlights what you will find on these trails. More information can be found on this Malta Town site.
Open sunrise to sunset, the 100 acre wood includes a scenic overlook, bridges, more than 2 miles of trails, and 2 parking areas.
These multi-use trails wind along ridges. They're open to mountain biking (beginner to intermediate level). During winter they are open for cross country skiing (intermediate to advanced level). Open 7:30 am to sunset.
This 1888 lenticular truss bridge is on a landscaped pathway that also provides access to the Zim Smith Trail (see below). The bridge is on the State and National Registers of Historical Places. Hundreds of these bridges were in use in the US; today, only 50 remain.
This paved path along Dunning-Plains Road is 8.9 miles long. It extends from the City of Mechanicville along a D&H railroad bed into the Village of Ballston.
A paved pedestrian pathway will, when completed, run along East High Street.
Ice Cream Trail
Another paved pathway which links to the Zim Smith Trail.
Not yet completed, this 93 acre preserve will have trails featuring significant wetlands and boardwalks for wildlife and bird viewing along Round Lake and the Anthony Kill. A hand-launch area for kayaks and fishermen is planned.
Outstanding scenery, extensive wetland areas, trails and boardwalks highlight this Park. Phase II of the park will include a large pond for fishing, a beaver dam and a heron rookery. Interpretive signs make this area an exciting one to visit. Only a small portion of its 188 acres have been developed so far.
You can begin this trail within the Shenantaha Creek Park at the ravines. The trail features areas where Native Americans ground acorns in the natural moraine bowls. There are also old stone walls at a former flax seed oil mill. It runs 7.5 miles connecting the towns of Halfmoon, Round Lake Village, Clifton Park, Malta, and Ballston Spa. Along the flat trail, you'll see horse pastures, period buildings and lovely woods.
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