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Best trails in John Boyd Thacher State Park

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Looking for a great trail in John Boyd Thacher State Park, New York? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 11 easy trails in John Boyd Thacher State Park ranging from 1 to 4.3 miles and from 1,112 to 1,738 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
John Boyd Thacher State Park, is situated along the Helderberg Escarpment, one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. Even as it safeguards six miles of limestone cliff-face, rock-strewn slopes, woodland and open fields, the park provides a marvelous panorama of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys and the Adirondack and Green Mountains. The park has volleyball courts, playgrounds, ball fields and numerous picnic areas with nine reservable shelters. Interpretive programs are offered year-round, including guided tours of the famous Indian Ladder Trail. There are over twelve additional miles of trails for summer hiking and mountain biking, and winter cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and snowmobiling.
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Map of trails in John Boyd Thacher State Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
(518) 872-1237
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Top trails (14)
#1 - Escarpment Trail
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
$6.00 Vehicle Use Fee. The visitor descends 60 ft (18 m) to the base of the escarpment via a metal staircase. From here the trail follows the base of the escarpment passing under the Minelot Falls andShow more
#2 - High Point and Hang Glider Ledge via the Long Path
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
This is an easy loop that hits multiple view points and crosses over pretty fields and woods. There are multiple trails that intersect that you can explore.Show more
#3 - Indian Ladder Trail
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 31 m
Please Note: The Indian Ladder trail is now closed for the season and will re-open in summer 2020. $6.00 Vehicle Use FeeShow more
#4 - Hang Glider's Cliff and High Point via Thacher Rock Formation
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
Hang Glider's Cliff and High Point via Thacher Rock Formation is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near East Berne, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as modeShow more
#5 - Long Path to Blue Loop Trail
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
Long Path to Blue Loop Trail is a 3.1 mile loop trail located near Berne, New York. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. Dogs arShow more
#6 - Red Trail and Long Path Thacher Aqua Green Loop
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
Red Trail and Long Path Thacher Aqua Green Loop is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near East Berne, New York that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. Show more
#7 - Thacher Park Grand Tour
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 16.8 mi • Est. 7 h 53 m
Thacher Park Grand Tour is a 16.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Altamont, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activitShow more
#8 - Escarpment Trail to Long Path Loop
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 5 h 37 m
Escarpment Trail to Long Path Loop is a 12.2 mile loop trail located near Voorheesville, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activityShow more
#9 - Glen Doone via Escarpment Trail
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 58 m
Glen Doone via Escarpment Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Voorheesville, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The tShow more
#10 - Cliff Trail Loop
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
Cliff Trail Loop is a 4.3 mile loop trail located near Voorheesville, New York. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and cross country skiing. Dogs are also able to useShow more
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