Ballston Creek Preserve


The Ballston Creek Preserve is located on Eastline Road in the Town of Ballston and is owned by Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature). The roughly 33-acre property was donated to PLAN in 2005 by the Peterson family so that the land would remain a wildlife sanctuary. The beautiful conifer and hardwood trees, along with several old rock walls that cross the property, create a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The land is relatively flat, with a total elevation change of about 30 feet. Visitors enjoy fantastic views overlooking a Great Blue Heron rookery.

Saratoga PLAN's Ballston Creek Preserve web page contains more information, including detailed driving directions and parking information. 

Hours of Operation

The Ballston Creek Preserve is open daily from sunrise to sunset.


The preserve contains approximately one mile of rugged trails.* See map below or view a printable PDF map of the preserve and trails. There is also a letterbox for you to find. This old English tradition dates back to 1854 and adds an extra element of fun to your adventure. Read what letterboxing is and find clues to the Ballston Creek Preserve letterbox.

*Appropriate footwear is recommended as the trails may be quite wet, especially in early spring or after heavy rain.

The Ballston Creek Preserve page on has a section on planning a route through the preserve and a list of bird species that have been observed by visitors.

Ballston Creek Preserve Rules and Regulations

The preserve is open to the public for nature study, walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

1. The following activities are not permitted:

  • Cutting, digging, removing, or damaging any tree, shrub, flower, or plant
  • Hunting, trapping, removing, harassing, touching or feeding wildlife
  • Use of firearms, paint ball devices, or artificial light
  • Bicycles, horses, or motorized vehicles, snowmobiles, ATVs, etc.
  • Alcohol or illegal substances
  • Camping or igniting fires

2. Carry out all your trash; leave only footprints.

3. Dogs must be leashed and under control at all times.

4. Clean up after your pet.**

** Dog waste bags are NOT provided; please bring your own.