Sanders Preserve Trail

Sanders Preserve Trail is a 4.2 mile loop trail located near Schenectady, NY that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.2 miles 403 feet Loop
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Daniel Rhodes

7 Completed6 Reviews

Went out on 10/02/2015 for a beautiful day hike of the preserve. The trail was nice and easy in most parts with only a few steep spots. If you have a few hours to kill you should check this place out.

Emily Garton

1 Completed1 Reviews

I couldn't find the waterfall and the trail was pretty short

Lindsay Ruiz

2 Completed2 Reviews

We are very new to exploring nature trails and hiking minimally, so when we saw that Sanders Preserve was classified as "easy" and close to home, we decided to give it a go. There were no problems locating the parking area and the sign-in book on Sanders Road. After spending a few minutes browsing the signs, we took a paper map, and began at the trail head on the same side of the road as the parking area through the grassy patch. Admittedly, the map was difficult to read so we did not choose our trail for anything other than its proximity to where we currently were.

The trail itself started off OK. We quickly realized that we were on a very rocky and root-y trail. Fine -- nothing we can't deal with. Having read some of the previous reviews, we were cautiously optimistic that we would find anything spectacular to look at. We walked for a little over a mile and saw nothing other than a few frogs, chipmunks, and a plethora of "POSTED" signs. Eventually we wound up at a very steep path down to a creek bed. The bed was almost completely dry. It was at this point that the trail markers ended. There was no way to cross the creek, and no path in any direction other than back up the incredibly steep hill (we were confused by this because previous reviews stated that the trail was a loop). I would deem this hill as dangerous and in need of a railing of some sort.

We made it back up the hill ultimately, but were too worn out to enjoy any of the sights on the way back to the car. Chances are slim that we will ever return to Sanders Preserve -- we'd rather get our workouts in somewhere with more views.

Kathy Rowney

30 Completed30 Reviews

Did the trail to Point A to B to C and back to the parking lot. It was about 2.5 miles and point A brough you down to the creek of which was fairly dry as we have had a lack of rain. Didnt have time to check out the other trails. It was a nice short walk in the forest but nothing exciting.

Megan Hockert

2 Completed1 Reviews

A little confusing but would go back...

Lisa Rodriguez

9 Completed2 Reviews

We have been here 2 times already and still did not find the waterfalls Or see any animals at all but we enjoyed it

Leonard Lake

7 Completed2 Reviews

My wife and I visited this for the first time this afternoon, during some of the hotter hours of the days. There was a little bit of mud, but sneakers were fine. I imagine after some rain that boots are a must. Also, bring bug spray!

This was a very nice walk through the woods. The parking area on Sanders Rd is easy to find. There were only a couple cars there, and we walked past a couple hikers only once. There are a lot of trails here, and there were copies of the trail map where you sign in.

We will definitely be coming back to explore the other trails. We only walked the trails north of the road this time out.

Trina Maloney

4 Completed4 Reviews

This is home my daily trek. creek is flowing most of the year and Trail sign in is only minuets from 890 west and Route 5. well marked and if you like can take copy of map with you, recommend extra fun for children. There is a port a potty and table at sign in a nice touch. Trails are well traveled and marked there are several start points to keep your interest and sights fresh. some incline but not too steep. I take a slow pace and am limited in my ability and do not have any trouble .

J Nut

11 Completed9 Reviews

Great nature walk for adults with small children. We went last week and spent 3 hours wandering around the trails, hit both sides of the road. We all had a great time, it's close to home and we will definitely go back.

Deb Osterhoudt

92 Completed87 Reviews

We have hiked this preserve (both sides of the road) and completed all of the trails several times in different seasons. The best part of the preserve is that it offers something for everyone in terms of terrain. Lots of friendly dogs each time as well.