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Best trails in John Boyd Thacher State Park, New York

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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, New York
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 and by the stream exiting from a small cave in the base of the rocks. This water is actually from Thompson Lake, some two miles (3 km) away, which makes its way through the porous limestone until it exits here. At the end of the trail, a second set of metal staircases take the visitor back to the top of the escarpment. The trail then continues back to the parking lot, offering excellent panoramas. Show more
#2 - Indian Ladder Trail
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 12 m
SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/128/details.aspx This trail includes a $6.00 Vehicle Use Fee.Show more
#3 - 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
#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
#5 - Escarpment Trail to Long Path Loop
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 5 h 37 m
#6 - Thacher Park Grand Tour
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 16.8 mi • Est. 7 h 53 m
#7 - Long Path to Blue Loop Trail
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
#8 - 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
#9 - Glen Doone via Escarpment Trail
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 58 m
#10 - John Boyd Thacher Yellow Trail Loop
John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 50 m
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