Town of
Lake Pleasant
Parks & Recreation

Sacandaga River Community Park a.k.a. Sacandaga Pathway

Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce

off State Route 38 across from the public beach, behind the ball field

Sacandaga Pathway in Speculator is a unique opportunity to enjoy woods and wetlands. Created by volunteers on donated land, "the gentle hike" starts to the left of the village pavilion off State Route 30, behind the ball diamond. The mile-and-a-half walkway along the Sacandaga River opened early in 1999. It includes boardwalks over wet areas and is a user-friendly area for hiking, canoeing and picnicking by everyone, including the very young, the old and the disabled.


Signs with pictures posted along the trail give an understanding of the area's plant life and history. A spur to the river passes an exhibit with information about the logging industry that once thrived along the Sacandaga River, before ending at a hidden platform with a view of the river. Other spurs address the area's original inhabitants, the first settlers and old-time guides. A small hill near the end holds three picnic tables, including one with handicapped access. A dock for canoers and kayakers is at the end of the trail.


The pathway, unique in the Adirondacks due to its proximity to the village, is conveniently tied into the village pavilion, parking lot and ball field. There are many places to hike in the Adirondacks, but very few offer what Sacandaga Pathways does: a gentle hike which the handicapped and mothers with strollers can enjoy along with everyone else.