Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park is located at 697 MacElroy Road in the Town of Clifton Park.  A parking lot adjoins the trailhead area, which is located across from the baseball field.  The forest portion of this park is named in honor of Kathleen Ann Mooney Carrese.

View the trails map.

Some views of this park –

Entrance sign - Veterans Memorial Park

Entrance sign – Veterans Memorial Park

Trailhead entrance sign - Veterans Memorial Park

Trailhead entrance sign – Veterans Memorial Park

Trailhead sign

Trailhead sign

Picnic pavilion adjoining trailhead parking lot

Looking ESE’ly along Red Trail from parking lot

Looking W’ly @ 270 turn in Red Trail where it intersects with spur continuing W’ly parallel with entrance road

Looking S’ly along Red Trail (which bears left)

Looking S’ly along Red Trail (which again bears left) at next intersection

Panoramic view looking SW’ly at sitting area on left as Red Trail bears right

Looking W’ly @ intersection where Red Trail bears left

Looking WSW’ly with sitting area on right along Red Trail

Looking NW’ly @ next intersection where Red Trail bears left

Panoramic view looking W’ly @ intersection of Red Trail (which bears right) with trail to Mooney Carrese Forest (which bears left)

Looking N’ly @ intersection of Red Trail (which bears right) and spur to Beaver Dam Trail (which bears left)

Looking E’ly @ intersection of Red Trail (which bears left) and trail to Mooney Carrese Forest (which bears right)

Looking SW’ly from end of Red Trail at parking lot

Looking W’ly from parking lot along Red Trail

Panoramic view looking WSW’ly @ intersection of Red Trail (which bears right) and trail to Mooney Carrese Forest (which bears left)

Looking SE’ly @ intersection along trail to Mooney Carrese Forest (which bears right)

Looking SW’ly @ intersection along trail to Mooney Carrese Forest (which bears right)

Panoramic view looking W’ly @ intersection of Red Trail (which comes from the left and continues on the right) with trail to Mooney Carrese Forest (which bears left)

Looking SW’ly @ intersection along trail to Mooney Carrese Forest (which bears right) with Red Trail (which bears left)

Entrance into Mooney Carrese Forest – note gate hinges in maple trunk on right side of trail

Trail signs - Mooney Carrese Forest, Veterans Memorial Park

Trail signs – Mooney Carrese Forest trail, Veterans Memorial Park

View of Mooney Carrese Forest

Trail through Mooney Carrese Forest

Trail through Mooney Carrese Forest

A boardwalk along trail through Mooney Carrese Forest

A boardwalk along trail through Mooney Carrese Forest

Panoramic view of water feature along trail through Mooney Carrese Forest

Panoramic view of water feature along trail through Mooney Carrese Forest

Corduroy boardwalk along trail through Mooney Carrese Forest

Looking SE’ly @ intersection along trail through Mooney Carrese Forest (which bears left)

Looking SW’ly @ intersection along trail through Mooney Carrese Forest (bearing right returns to parking lot)

Looking N’ly @ intersection of Red Trail (which bears right) and spur to Beaver Dam Trail (which bears left)

Looking N’ly @ intersection of spur to Beaver Dam Trail (which bears left) and entrance from SW corner of west parking lot

Looking N’ly @ intersection of Beaver Dam Trail (which bears left) and W entrance from west parking lot near west trailhead

West trailhead kiosk

Beaver Dam Trail map

Looking N’ly along Beaver Dam Trail immediately west of ballfields

Looking NW’ly @ intersection of Beaver Dam Trail with itself – bear left here and return from the right

Boardwalk along Beaver Dam Trail

Boardwalkatop former beaver dam

Looking WNW’ly @ intersection of Beaver Dam Trail (which bears right) with future trail expansion north of existing park

Panoramic view looking SSE’ly across wetland meadow along Beaver Dam Trail

Extended boardwalk through wetland meadow along Beaver Dam Trail

Looking SSE’ly @ intersection of Beaver Dam Trail with itself – bear left to return to trailhead

In April 2009, the Town of Clifton Park hosted a Bio Blitz involving citizens and natural resource experts to inventory the biological diversity of this property.  View a video highlighting this event.

View my wildflower field guide for this nature preserve.  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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