Zim Smith Trail

This multi-use trail extends 11.5 miles from Mechanicville to Ballston Spa. Paved trail follows a variety of terrain including swampland, fields, woods, and communities. The entire length of the trail is well kept and is perfect for casual walking, biking, or running. You'll run into periodic road crossings, but most are quiet, with the exception of Eastline Road in Ballston Spa.

There are several points along the way where you can park to walk or ride the trail. In Mechanicville, you can find a parking area off of Elizabeth Street. Coons Crossing Road in Halfmoon offers spots for several cars. Popular points midway include large parking areas in Round Lake and within Shenantaha Park in Malta.

Right before the trail runs under the Northway in Malta, there's a cutoff trail that goes to Rte. 9, with an option to continue into the Global Foundries area and Luther Forest trails. Be aware that the connector trail has sections with steep inclines on both ends. However, other sections of the trail lack major inclines, for the most part, and so are perfect for young children.

Saratoga Plan does an excellent job of maintaining the trail and has extended it over time, as well as paving sections that originally were gravel/crushed stone. We're grateful for those in our community who keep up multi-use trails for public use!

Zim Smith Trail Halfmoon trailhead
Malta cutoff trail in fall
Malta bike trail
Totem pole tree
Round Lake Bypass
Zim Smith Trail Ballston Spa trailhead

Timelapse Video of Zim Smith Trail

Trail Map & Key Points

View an official map at the Saratoga Plan website

For more local trail information for upstate New York, check out our hiking map and biking map.

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