Plotter Kill Preserve Trail

MODERATE 117 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 820 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

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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2 days ago

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15 days ago

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

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19 days 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

hiking
21 days ago

Great trails but very poorly marked!

23 days ago

Great terrain and hike.

24 days ago

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

hiking
26 days ago

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

hiking
30 days 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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1 month ago

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1 month ago

beautiful , even without the waterfall going it was breath taking

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1 month ago

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1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

nice hike, but completely no water

walking
2 months ago

It was a nice walk through the woods, but barely any water flow and trail markings are not very good. We just did the short, Blue trail. Trail head has good parking and other than not being well marked the trail is a nice easy trail, just keep your eyes downward, there improvements that they just received funding for- It is a nice easy drive to get to.

hiking
2 months ago

"The Plotter Kill Preserve is receiving a total of $600,000 to improve safety and trail accessibility for visitors. Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, secured $350,000 in the state budget to be combined with an additional $250,000 through a state grant for the renovations."

Are you kidding me ? How is this $$$ being allocated at used ? Someone out there is wrecking the place by cutting down trees with a bowsaw. I think to divert people from unwanted short cut trails. I understand that there should be some reaction to recent tragedies ... but the actions taken on trail seem rather KNEE-JERK and silly.

Perhaps some of the $$$ could be earmarked for repaving the driveway (not the whole parking lot) entrance to the lot. There is some asphalt slumping and pitting going on there.

2 months ago

my go to hometown hiking trail. been coming here since 6th grade

hiking
2 months ago

We went there in mid July, not much water, but we enjoyed lots of natural fish spa