Snowshoeing is quite possibly one of the easiest winter activities for kids! In Saratoga County, there are plenty of options for renting or buying snowshoes, and tons of places to go. Here’s a guide to where to go, what you’ll need, and some helpful tips to get started! Saratoga has plenty to offer this winter season, we of course need snow first….
Get snowshoeing in Saratoga NY in just three easy steps!
Step #1: Dress the part
If you’re taking the kids, this may seem obvious, but is critically important for a successful outing. Dressing in layers is important too, because snowshoeing can be strenuous. Long underwear is good as a base layer, jeans or sweats, sweater, snow pants, a winter jacket, gloves and hats too.
Step #2: Gear up
Snowshoes range in price from about $30-$75 for kids, and $50-$200 for adults. It’s good to start out renting, and make sure you like it. Alpine Sport Shop in Saratoga Springs rents gear, EMS in Wilton, Saratoga Spa State Park and Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park all rent snowshoes. Robby received this pair for Christmas last year and they worked out pretty well!
Step #3: Find a spot
The great thing about snowshoeing is that you don’t need to go anywhere special to enjoy it. Even a walk around your local park is fun for starters.
Where to go snowshoeing?
- Saratoga Spa State Park is a beautiful place to enjoy a walk on a brisk winter day and they also rent gear in the warming hut. Snowshoe rentals available through Park Office open Mon – Fri 8 AM – 4:30 PM Weekends 8 AM – 4 PM. $10 all day, or $5 for 4 hours or less.
- Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park also offers rentals and trails along with lots of guided group walks.
- Saratoga National Historical Park/Saratoga Battlefield offers cross-country ski and snowshoe trails – self-guided.
- Moreau Lake State Park offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing – self-guided
- Bog Meadow Nature Trail – open all year and great trail for snowshoeing. From downtown Saratoga Springs: Take Lake Avenue/Rt. 29 east from town. Go through the traffic light at Weibel Avenue. The trail entrance will be about 300 yards on your right.
- Woods Hollow Nature Preserve in Milton – 130 acres of marked trails great for snowshoeing. Access on Rowland Street and Northline Road, Ballston Spa