CLIFTON PARK TRAILS:

CLIFTON PARK, NEW YORK

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Last Updated:       June 2013

Length:                 Clifton Park Center Trail; 2.8 miles one-way/8.2 miles round trip including all trails below.

                                          Vischer Ferry Road Trail North; 0.8 miles

                                           Neighborhood Path; 1.9 miles

                                          Water Tower Trail; 1.3 miles (including 0.4 miles on-road connection).

                              Clifton Park Loop; 8.7 miles

                                          Vischer Ferry Road Trail South; 0.3 miles

                                          Moe Road Trail; 2.3 miles

Difficulty:            Clifton Park Center Trail; Easy. Flat paved trails.

                              Clifton Park Loop; Moderate. Flat paved trails, but some on-road sections not suitable for kids on bikes.

                              Water Tower Trail; Easy. Paved trail with some slight hills.

Directions:     

Starting from Route 146 (Clifton Park Rd) along the Vischer Ferry Road Trail; From I-87 take exit 9W to Route 146 west. Turn left on Vischer Ferry Rd, then right into the North County Commons where you may park.     

The Clifton Park Trails are a series of paved trails in Clifton Park that are linked together. Some trails travel alongside the road while other through neighborhoods, woodlands and meadows. The Clifton Park Center Trail and Clifton Park Loop both start  from Route 146 and head south. The Center Trail is almost all off road and connects to the Water Tower Trail, while the Loop Trail utilizes the Center Trail but includes on-road sections in order to loop back to Route 146. Although both trails start off using the same route I describe them separately so as not to cause confusion. See; CLIFTON PARK TRAILS for more information.

CLIFTON PARK CENTER TRAIL:

Starting from Route 146 (Clifton Park Rd); The wide paved path travels south alongside the Vischer Ferry Road Trail North. Pass by the entrance to Clifton Common Park, across the road, at 0.5 miles. After 0.7 miles, just before the trail ends at Clifton Park Center Rd, take a right along Gloucester St and travel on-road for a short distance before spotting a wooden trail sign on your left and the start of the Neighborhood Path at 0.9 miles. Follow the narrow paved trail out to and across Clifton Park Center Rd. Mileage markers are painted on the trail every 1/4 mile. The trail winds through open fields, low brush and woods between neighborhoods. When you reach Michelle Dr after 1.3 miles turn right then an immediate left to rejoin the trail. Next you'll come to Waverly Pl and a traffic circle at 1.5 miles. 

Note; You may access the Water Tower Trail from here by turning right up Waverly Rd. See; Water Tower Trail below.

Continue straight through the neighborhood, crossing Summerlin Dr and you'll soon enter some woods where the trail widens. You'll cross Avenue of the Oaks twice before spotting a sign reading "Dead End" at 2.3 miles.

Note; Heading straight into the woods this trail dead ends after only 0.2 miles.

Turn left alongside the road, then right back into the woods. After crossing 4 Leaf Manor the trail abruptly ends in the woods after 2.8 miles. I backtracked from here and connected to the Water Tower Trail.

Water Tower Trail: 

From the Neighborhood Path where it crosses Waverly Pl travel west up Waverly Pl on-road (residential). Turn right on Fairhill Rd (residential) and you'll pick up the Water Tower Trail on the right after 0.4 miles by the 3 yellow poles. Follow the paved trail into the woods and you quickly come to an intersection at a 0.5 miles.

Note; Heading right will loop you back into the Neighborhood Path, which I did after I rode the Water Tower Trail.

Continue straight up a slight hill passing by the water tower and then out to Miller Rd where the trail heads left alongside the road. After crossing Miller Rd the trail heads into the open scrub. After a slight descent the trail ends after 1.3 miles at Wallflower Dr.

After backtracking past the water tower to the trail intersection, head left to loop back to the Neighborhood Path. This paved trail brings you out to Addison Way where you take a right for a short on-road (residential) section before heading right back along the trail by a yellow pole. Come to Michelle Dr where you'll travel right on-road (residential) before returning to the Neighborhood Path as it crosses the road at 0.7 miles. Head left to return to Route 146.      

CLIFTON PARK LOOP:

Starting from Route 146 (Clifton Park Rd); The wide paved path travels south alongside the Vischer Ferry Road Trail North. Pass by the entrance to Clifton Common Park, across the road, at 0.5 miles. After 0.7 miles, just before the trail ends at Clifton Park Center Rd, take a right along Gloucester St and travel on-road for a short distance before spotting a wooden trail sign on your left and the start of the Neighborhood Path at 0.9 miles. Follow the narrow paved trail out to and across Clifton Park Center Rd. Mileage markers are painted on the trail every 1/4 mile. The trail winds through open fields, low brush and woods between neighborhoods. When you reach Michelle Dr after 1.3 miles turn right then an immediate left to rejoin the trail. Next you'll come to Waverly Pl and a traffic circle at 1.5 miles. Continue straight through the neighborhood, crossing Summerlin Dr and you'll soon enter some woods where the trail widens. You'll cross Avenue of the Oaks twice before spotting a sign reading "Dead End" after 2.3 miles.

Note; Heading straight into the woods this trail dead ends after only 0.2 miles.

Turn left alongside the road, then right back into the woods. You'll come to 4 Leaf Manor after 2.7 miles. Don't continue straight. Turn left and travel on-road (residential) along 4 Leaf Manor out to Vischer Ferry Rd. Utilize the crosswalk and travel right alongside the paved Vischer Ferry Road Trail South. Use Caution crossing over Grooms Rd and continue south along the paved path which currently ends after 3.3 miles. You'll need to continue on-road south along Vischer Ferry Rd which has narrow shoulders. Turn left after 3.5 miles along Englemore Rd. Again on-road with a narrow shoulder, but more isolated. You'll cross a causeway over Colonie Reservoir after 4.5 miles. Turn left when you reach Moe Rd at 5 miles. Here you utilize the wide, paved Moe Road Trail to head back north. After 6.8 miles you'll pass by the Clifton Park/Halfmoon Public Library where a Spur Trail, the Liberty Trail connects to the Arongen/Shatekon Elementary Schools. Continuing north you reach Route 146 (Clifton Park Rd) after 7.3 miles. Head left along a narrow sidewalk or cross over via a crosswalk and travel on-road. This is a busy high speed road along a commercial corridor but has a wide shoulder. You'll return to your starting point; Route 146 (Clifton Park Rd), after a 8.7 mile loop.

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