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Shenantaha Creek Park

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  1. Basketball Court
  2. Flax Mill Ruins
  3. Historic Moraine Area
  4. Open Space
  5. Paved Multi-purpose Trail
  6. Pavilion
  7. Playground
  8. Primitive Area
  9. Restroom
  10. Soccer Field
  11. Swings
  12. Tennis Court
  13. Volleyball Court

Shenantaha, meaning “deer water,” is the Iroquois name for the Ballston Creek, which forms the eastern boundary of the park. This beautiful park contains a balance of active recreation, historical features, and protected open space. The paved trail along this park is the Zim Smith Trail.

There is no alcohol, no littering, and no hunting allowed in Town parks, and please, leave the park as you find it. Pets are allowed, leashed, on trails but prohibited on the active areas of the parks and fields. All animal waste must be removed by the owner from the grounds. Parties of 15 or more people are required to reserve a pavilion.

In 1993, the Town Board commissioned the Ruhle Road Park Committee to plan a park on more than 56.1 acres of land along the Ballston Creek and an abandoned rail right of way. Since the land was essentially land locked to vehicular access, the Town purchased an additional 5.29 acres for access and egress in 1995. The park opened in 1997. The Shenantaha Creek Park is rich with history. Surrounding the active recreational area of this old farmland are woods full of oaks, maples, pines, hemlocks, and shade.

There is a moraine area where deep bowls worn in rocks may be mortars used for grinding acorns by Native Americans or may be the result of glacial action. The remains of a mill that pressed flax seed oil can be found along the creek. There are many foot trails leading to the stream and wooded areas with old stone walls.


  • From Northway (Rte. 87) exit 12, head west on Rte. 67 for 1.4 miles to the traffic signal
  • Turn left on East Line Road and travel 0.5 miles to park
  • Turn left into the park
  • Drive down the hill and park in the lot on your right