Sat Nov. 9th, 2013 - Zim Smith Trail-Ballston Spa to Clifton Park NY-
I was up visiting my parents this weekend which gave me the opportunity to ride a few of the local rail trails in the area. On Saturday, I headed up to Ballston Spa and rode the 9-mile Zim Smith Trail end to end.
It was cold that day and I wore a winter headband under my helmet. The thin work gloves I pulled over my fingerless riding gloves were inadequate and I switch out to winter gloves when I stopped at Underpass Road.
The trail was flat and easy. After paralleling the still active railroad tracks for a bit, it primarily skirted through marshy woodlands. Occasional manhole covers and the large pipe over the rocky stream at the Underpass Bridge area indicated there is a water line tied in with the route.
I took a super-short hand-held video while riding thru Shenantaha Park.
The creek has carved a deep ravine and interesting tributaries slice thru the hillsides by the trail as well. It looks like an interesting place to explore and I hope to return here at a later date to walk down into the ravine and check the ruins of an old mill. Park Details>>
I continued on and took another super-short hand-held video while approaching the underpass under the Northway.
A sign indicates a trail off to the side that heads up to the Luther Forest Tech Campus.
I soon cruised into Round Lake and stopped to take a photo of the village. This quaint gingerbread-adorned charming small town warrants further exploration on another visit -- but I wanted to press on due to time constraints.
Continuing on, below are a couple of photos from the railroad bridge over Route 9:
The pavement soon turns to hard-packed gravel and--after passing a few scattered houses--the surroundings turn to marsh and a long narrow shallow pond is on the right.
The sunlight on the autumn brown trees and the glistening water was very beautiful at the time so I stopped to capture the moment.