Ushers Road State Forest

Ushers Road State Forest is located in the Towns of Clifton Park and Halfmoon.  The trailhead parking area is located on the west side of Ushers Road in the Town of Halfmoon, approximately 3/4 mile north of Route 9.

Trail map

Some views of this forest

Trailhead sign - Ushers Road State Forest

Trailhead sign – Ushers Road State Forest

View from parking lot of trailhead along north loop

Trail sign - Ushers Road State Forest

Trail sign – Ushers Road State Forest

Warning signs along north boundary visible from north loop

Looking W’ly along north loop entering mostly Eastern Hemlocks

One of several boardwalks along north loop

One of several boardwalks along north loop

One of several boardwalks along north loop

Short bridge along north loop

Intersection with spur to Zim Smith Trail – from this point you are generally heading E’ly along south loop

Panoramic view from intersection with spur trail (L to R): Looking E’ly along north loop thru adjoining forest to looking S’ly along south loop

Looking W’ly along spur trail a short distance from intersection with north and south loops

Boardwalk along spur trail to Zim Smith Trail - Ushers Road State Forest

Boardwalk along spur trail to Zim Smith Trail – Ushers Road State Forest

Marsh Marigolds - Ushers Road State Forest

Marsh Marigolds – Ushers Road State Forest

Bridge along spur trail

Looking upstream from bridge along spur trail

Looking downstream from bridge along spur trail

Trailside relic along spurt trail (remains of 1930s era sedan)

End of spur trail as it approaches Zim Smith Trail

Looking SE’ly along south loop amongst Eastern Hemlocks

Gnarly trail surface

One of several boardwalks along south loop

Short bridge along south loop

Looking NE’ly along south loop as forest changes to one dominated by Black Locust and Norway Maple with extensive understory of numerous invasive species (Multi-flora Rose, Japanese Barberry, Garlic Mustard)

Remnants of stone foundation of former farmhouse along south loop near parking lot

View my wildflower field guide for the trails at this state forest.  If you wish to download a copy to your smartphone or tablet for trailside use, simply scan this quick read bar code:

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