Coldbrook Preserve. Homestead Road, Northumberland NY.
Take Route 29 to Homestead Rd. North on Homestead. The Preserve parking area and sign are on your left after 1.8 miles.
The new Coldbrook Preserve has over a mile of marked trails designed by a group from the Leadership Saratoga Class of 2011, while an active group of volunteer stewards help Saratoga P.L.A.N. keep them in good order. Future plans include looking to connect the trails to other conserved land owned by the State, the County and Wilton Wildlife Preserve. The land was purchased from Jim & Christine McKnight, whose dream it was to conserve this property. Eagle Scout Drew Pelchar finished his Eagle project, in 2012, by building a bridge so the trail could safely cross the Cold Brook. Kings Ransom Farm helped with excavation and backfilling for the project, while Stone Bridge Iron & Steel provide materials for the bridge.
The Preserve provides a critical buffer to wetland habitat for the Blanding’s Turtle, a N.Y. State threatened species. Financial support for the project came from RBC Wealth Management, the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, the Town of Northumberland and many individual Saratoga P.L.A.N. donors.
Saratoga PLAN is a nonprofit land trust that helps communities make long-term decisions for conserving our region as a great place to live, work, visit, and farm. PLAN assists landowners with fulfilling their conservation goals for their land and provides stewardship for over 3,500 acres of farmland, forest, natural habitat, trail corridors, historic places, and water resources in Saratoga County. For more information, visit www.saratogaplan.org or call 518-587-5554.