Stillwater Trail Images

Trail Description: The Town of Stillwater has been actively completing sections of the Stillwater Multi-Use Trail. When complete, the trail will span approximately 5 miles connecting the City of Mechanicville with the Town of Saratoga. Completed trail sections include the Campbell Park Trail, the Stillwater Multi-Use Trail (Phase 1), and the Saratoga National Historic Park Trail. The trail primarily follows the historic Old Champlain Canal towpath. The southern section provides a greater integration of the Stillwater Junction and Riverside communities and will serve as a gateway into Stillwater from Mechanicville and the Zim Smith Trail. A central trail loop runs through the heart of the Village downtown connecting neighborhoods with local amenities and the Hudson River.

The trail proceeds south along the sidewalk network through the village and terminates at its intersection with an active railroad corridor at a distance of about 0.75 mile south of where the trail crosses Halfway House Road at the trailhead parking lot. The northern trail system establishes links from Bemis Heights north to the Phillips Road entrance to the Saratoga National Historical Park, through the internal trail system along the Old Champlain Canal, and on a planned public trail to the Town of Saratoga boundary.

Empire State Trail: State Bike Route 9 along Route 4 will continue as an on-road marked bicycle route and serve as the route for the Empire State Trail. The road will be marked and signed for bicycling.

Hudson River/Champlain Canal Access Points: Stillwater Riverfront Park (canoe/kayak launch); Lock C4 Stillwater; Admiral’s Marina.

Public Facilities:Stillwater Blockhouse and Museum; Knox Trail Marker; Saratoga National Historic Park; Stillwater Riverfront Park; Bemis Heights Pocket Park (parking trailhead); and Lock 4 State Canal Park (access from Stillwater Bridge Road).

Public Events: 18th Century Day (SNHP); Stillwater Fall Festival; and Trees of Lights.

Connector Trails:

Saratoga National Historical Park: Internal trail system.

Zim Smith Trail: Multi-use Trail linking Ballston Spa to Mechanicville.

Local Planning Support:

  • Town and Village of Stillwater Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (2016)
  • Stillwater Trail Feasibility Study (2012)
  • Stillwater Farmland Protection and Green Infrastructure Plan (2007)
  • Stillwater US Route 4 Corridor Study (2006)

Implementation Strategy: Three sections of trail need to be constructed to assure all sections are well connected. Grants have been awarded to the Town of Stillwater for a Champlain Canal connector project that is presently under development and the development of two additional miles of multi-use trail.