CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS

The following table lists places to go cross-country skiing within a 2-1/2 hour drive of Albany. Web links are embedded in this table for web pages for places to ski, downloadable trail maps and Google maps that pinpoint the location of these places. (Links are highlighted in blue and underlined.) Be patient, some trail maps take a while to load. For location maps, click on the colored map icon to use Google’s “Driving Directions” feature to get distance and step-by-step directions from your starting point.

If you haven’t already visited an area with un-groomed trails, it’s a good idea to ski with someone who’s familiar with the area, as it may involve backcountry ski conditions and steep slopes. Ski at your own risk.

Place

Trail Map

Groomed

Ungroomed

Trails (Miles)

Location

Fee

Notes

ALBANY COUNTY

Albany Pine Bush Preserve

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18

Albany

Free

Several non-adjoining tracts of land.

Capital Hills Golf Course

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9.4

Albany

Free

aka Albany Municipal. O’Neil Rd off New Scotland Ave.

Cole Hill State Forest

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Berne

Free

Several parking areas – see map.

Colonie Mohawk River Park

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Colonie

Unknown

Maps at entrance.

Colonie Town Golf Course

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10+

Colonie

Fee on wkend

Five Rivers Environ. Ed. Center

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6.0

Delmar

Free

Partridge Run Wildlife Mgt. Area

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8.0

Berne

Free

Rensselaerville State Forest

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ca. 4

Rensselaerville

Free

aka Cheese Hill Area. Off Rte 359

Thacher Park

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16.3

Voorheesville

$6/ car

Use the Hop Field parking lot

Western Turnpike Golf Course

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Guilderland

Free

Whitbeck Memorial Grove

Thomspons Lake State Park

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1.2

4.1

New Scotland

East Berne

Free

Free

 

One steep hill, otherwise level.

CLINTON COUNTY

Ausable Chasm Trails

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8.9

Ausable

$10

Daily 9 am - 4 pm. Blue loop: skate skiing.

ESSEX COUNTY

Adirondack Park Visitors Center

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1.6

Newcomb

Free

Ski Sage trail and north leg of Sucker Brook

Camp Santanoni

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9.4

Newcomb

Free

In-out ski to great camp via carriage road.

Cascade Cross-Country Ski Center

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12.5

Lake Placid

$18

Crowne Plaza Resort and Golf Club

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12.5

Lake Placid

Free/ Fee

Trails are open to non-guests.  Trail fees are charged during Christmas and Presidents Holiday weeks.  Grooming is sporadic.

Jackrabbit Trail

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34.4

Lake Placid

Free/ $18

Point to point. Many access locations. Fee for skiing sections connecting with ski centers.
 

Lower Ausable Lake

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8.0

Keene Valley

Free

In-out ski to Lower Ausable Lake via Lake Rd. Parking: DEC lot at the E end of Ausable Rd off Rte 73. Walk up Ausable Rd to Lake Rd.

Mt. Van Hoevenberg

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31.3

Lake Placid

$20

Trail conditions

Whiteface Club and Resort

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12.5

Lake Placid

$12 adult $14 Sr

Wed – Sun, 9am-5pm

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Dewey Mountain Recreation Center

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10.0

Saranac Lake

Donation

Noon-5pm daily, open late Tues & Fri.

FULTON COUNTY

Rockwood State Forest

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12.0

Johnstown

Free

Maps at Fulton Co Hwy Dept, Rt. 29 east of Johnstown. Use the door opposite the jail. Trailhead and parking at the junction of Rtes 29 and 10A.

GREENE COUNTY

Mountain Trails

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21.9

Tannersville

$18

HAMILTON COUNTY

Fern Park Recreation Area

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13.8

Inlet

Free

Inlet Golf Club

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3.5

Inlet

Free

Classic and skate. Trails start at the clubhouse and vary annually to preserve golf course greens; hence no trail map.

Lapland Lake

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23.8

Benson

$20

Limekiln Lake Campground

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4.5

Inlet

Free

Classic and skate. All campground roads are groomed for skiing. Connection with Fern Park.

HERKIMER COUNTY

McCauley Mountain Ski Area

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13.8

Old Forge

$5

LEWIS COUNTY

Lowville Forestry Nature Trail

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2.0

Lowville

Free

MONROE COUNTY

Osceola Cross Country Ski Center

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25

Camden

$10 wkdy $15 wkend

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Charleston State Forest

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20

Esperance

Free

PUTNAM COUNTY

Fahnestock Winter Park

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9.4

Cold Spring

$9

RENSSELAER COUNTY

Dyken Pond Environ. Ed. Center

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9.6

Cropseyville

Free

Hiking trails: narrow, twisting and rough at times.

Grafton Lakes State Park

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25

Grafton

Free

Winter entrance is ½ mile east of the main entrance. Trails are shared with snowmobiles and snowshoers.

Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area

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22

Petersburg

$18

SARATOGA COUNTY

Brookhaven Golf Club

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Greenfield

 

 

Free

 

 

Operated by the town of Greenfield.

Kinns Road Park

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1.9

Clifton Park

Free

Go early in AM after trail grooming.

Moreau Lake State Park

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20+

Moreau

Free

Some grooming. Easier: loops, campground roads, lake loop. Mountain trails for experts.

Saratoga Battlefield Park

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4.2+

Stillwater

Free

Wilkinson Trail + others

Saratoga Spa State Park

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12

Saratoga Springs

Free

Groomed: 3.7 miles. Many other trails/ tracks.

Tree Haven Trails

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26.3

Galway

$8 wkdy $10 wkend

aka Bob’s Trees. Open Thu–Sun, 10am–5pm

Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve

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10

Vischer Ferry

Free

Main parking is at Van Vranken and Riverview Roads; four more pareas per map.

Wilton Wildlife Preserve

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4.5

Wilton

Free

Woods Hollow Nature Preserve

Bog Meadow Nature Trail

Edie-Bullard Trail

Kalabus-Perry Trail

Louden County Forest Trial

Ushers Road State Forest

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xxxxx

2.0

2.8

3.5

1.0+

1.7

 

Ballston Spa-

SaratogaSprings

Wilton

Wilton

Wilton

Clifton Park

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Former rail line(flat & easy);point to point; 4 miles RT.

Gentle grades. Trails W of Edie Rd total ca. 2.3 miles, trail from Edie Rd E connects to Wilton Preserve.

Figure 8 Loop

Easy, two notable hills. Parking: E edge of Wilton Mall or Louden Road.

Extension connects to Zim Smith trail.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Central Park

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3.8

Schenectady

Free

Use Fehr Ave Ext entrance

Featherstonhaugh State Forest

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3.7

Mariaville Lake

Free

Park at Lake Road and Tidball Road, or a little farther W on Lake Road (see DEC map)

H. G. Reist Sanctuary

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2

Niskayuna

Free

Off Heather Lane

Indian Meadows Park

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2.7

Glenville

Free

Volunteer grooming as conditions allow. Generally level.

Plotterkill Preserve

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Rotterdam

Free

From Route 159, right to Coplon Road parking area. Some very steep sections.

Sanders Preserve

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Glenville

Free

Access from Gower Rd.

Schenectady Municipal Golf Course

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Schenectady

Free

Enter from Oregon Ave., off Route 7

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

Clapper Hollow State Forest

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8.0

Jefferson

Free

SW Schoharie County

Leonard Hill State Forest

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3

Gilboa

Free

Leonard Mtn. Rd. Skiable woods roads.

Oak Hill Farmsark

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18.9

Esperance

$12

Open Sat and Sun, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

SULLIVAN COUNTY

Frost Valley YMCA

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15.6

Claryville

$10

Check in and out at the ski center.

ULSTER COUNTY

Minnewaska State Park

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38.9

Kerhonkson

$6

Mohonk Mountain House

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30+

New Paltz

$20 wkdy $25 wkend

WARREN COUNTY

Caroline Fish Memorial Trail

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6.9

Chestertown

Free

Parking on Landon Hill Rd. past the Recreation Center entrance on Route 8

Cunningham's Ski Barn

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21.3

North Creek

$15

13.8 miles of groomed trails at North Creek and 7.5 miles of backcountry trails at Beaver Meadows, N of town.

Friends Lake Inn

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20.0

Chestertown

$12

Garnet Hill Lodge

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34.4

North River

$17

Gore Mountain Ski Area

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6.1

North Creek

$15

No map. Trails shared with snowshoers.

Gurney Lane Recreation Area

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2.4

Queensbury

Free

10 am - 4 pm on weekends

Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve

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1.8

Queensbury

Free

Trails are shared with snowshoers

International Cross Country Ski Trails at Coles Woods

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6.3

Glens Falls

Free

aka Crandall Park. 3+ miles lit for night skiing

Lake George Recreation Center

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4.0

Lake George

Free

Mon-Tues 9am-3pm, other days 9am-5pm

Pack Demonstration Forest

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10+

Warrensburg

Free

Old roads, gentler grades for the most part.

Rogers Rock XC Ski Trails

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6.3

Hague

Free

3.2 miles lit for night skiing.

Stone Bridge & Caves

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5.5

Pottersville

$12.98

Trails shared with snowshoers

Warren County Nordic Ski Trails

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5.5

Warrensburg

Free

Adjacent to Cronin’s Golf Course

MASSACHUSETTS

Canterbury Farm

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12.0

Becket

$12 wkdy $15 wkend

Cranwell Resort

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6.3

Lee

$16

Hilltop Orchards

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12.5

Richmond

$15

Hopkins Memorial Forest

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4.5

Williamstown

Free

Loop trail. Groomed when conditions permit.

Maple Corner Farm

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13.8

Granville

Fee

9 am-5 pm Weekends and Holidays; 10am - 4:30pm Weekdays

Northfield Mtn Cross Country Ski Area

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25.0

Northfield

$12 adult $11 senior

Wed – Sun, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Notchview

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10.0

13.0

23.0

Windsor

$11

October Mountain State Forest

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35

Lee

Free

Forest roads and trails are shared with snowmobiles.

Pittsfield State Forest

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Pittsfield

Free

Stump Sprouts Cross Country Ski Center

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15.6

Hawley

$12

Sat - Tues

VERMONT

Bolton Valley Nordic Center

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16.3

38.8

55.1

Bolton Valley

$17

Brattleboro Outing Club

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15.6

Brattleboro

$10

Weekends 9am - 4PM; honor system weekdays

Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center

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18.8

Grafton

$18 adult $14 senior

Hildene Nordic Center

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9.4

Manchester

$16

Merck Forest

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6+

Rupert

Free

Mountain Meadows Cross Country Ski

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18.8

Killington

$19 adult 16 senior

Still some damage from Hurricane Irene

Mountain Top Inn & Resort

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37.5

Chittenden

 

Okemo Valley Nordic Center

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13.8

Ludlow

 

Prospect Mountain Cross Country Ski Center

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19+

Woodford(Bennington)

$22

Rikert Nordic Center

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31.3

Middlebury

$17

At Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College.

Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center

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West Dover

$18

Viking Nordic Center

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21.9

Londonderry

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center

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13.6

Peru

$20

Woodford State Park

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Woodford(Bennington)

Free

Woodstock Inn Nordic Center

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37.5

Woodstock

$18

Two locations: 17 miles S at Mt Peg and 20 miles of carriage roads at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Natl Hist. Park, N of Woodstock.

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