Plotter Kill Preserve Trail

MODERATE 122 reviews

Plotter Kill Preserve Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Schenectady, NY that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.4 miles 965 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

old growth

Multiple trails ranging from 1(blue)-6 miles loop(red). Difficulty from easy-moderate. Beautiful streams, step falls and 2 tall waterfalls. Forest views. Great top rope ice climbing in January-Feb. Plotter Kill Preserve is a nature preserve near Rotterdam, NY. The Plotter Kill, a tributary of the Mohawk River, flows through a very rugged gorge. The forest here contains a mix of hardwoods and confiers. There are three beautiful waterfalls. The Upper Falls is 60 feet; the Lower Falls and the Rynex Creek Falls are both 40 feet. Start on the red trail near the kiosk. Take the side trail (blue) which will take you to lookouts over the Upper and Lower falls. Continue on the red trail which crosses the Kill on a foot bridge. You will pass by the Upper and Lower falls. The trail goes down a switchback taking you to the top of the falls on the Rynex creek. Cross the creek here. If you have ample time, you can follow the red trail to the end of the preserve near the Thruway. There is a cascading waterfall there. I opted to turn around shortly after crossing the power lines for this trip.

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8 days ago

There are a few access points to this preserve. On Sunday 11/27 I decided to try the lower section from the lot at Lower Gregg Road, just above the fork with East Gregg Road. This parking lot was very quiet and felt like a different place than when I have used the Mariaville Road and Coplon Road entrances. The lower part of the preserve may not have waterfalls as spectacular as the upper section, but it does have some really beautiful cascades and smaller falls that are worth checking out. In a couple of locations we followed yellow trails down to the stream bed and were not disappointed. One even led to a seasonal side stream that had a waterfall flowing and there was a small cascade on the main Plotter Kill right next to it. It was just my boyfriend and me enjoying this lovely spot, probably because it is remote and was in late November. If you want a more peaceful experience, definitely consider visiting the lower part of the preserve.

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9 days ago

Love the waterfalls,good day hike

Beautiful water falls,great little hike

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1 month ago

i love it here great hiking plus the kids love all the steps and the bridge, lots of hikers with dogs... but was disappointed as the falls were dried up..

2 months ago

beautiful hike, great views, a bit hard in certain areas and trails in some parts not well marked can get turned around easily, we brought our three children and our small dog for most of the hike it was great but a few areas made it very difficult with lil ones, I would say this area is more for adults and avid hiking.

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2 months ago

Awesome loop. Well kept, signs all over so there is no way to get lost.

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3 months ago

My personal favorite local trail offering a range of activities for all experiences and time constraints. also has some of the most beautiful waterfalls around

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3 months ago

Great trails but very poorly marked!

3 months ago

Great terrain and hike.

3 months ago

Good trail. I did not do the whole loop but planning to come back

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3 months ago

Really pretty, very quiet. Took my pup, but no waterfalls! Maybe next time!

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3 months ago

it was ok, nothing special. no waterfalls, not enough water, trail markers are very confusing, trails not defined real well. Disappointed.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

beautiful , even without the waterfall going it was breath taking

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

I was not impressed with the trail; brought my young kids and the trail was in kinda overgrown condition in places; the blazes were tough to see and if you didn't know the trail is would be easy to get lost. My kids weren't at all confident on this short loop.