Looking for a great trail in John Boyd Thacher State Park, New York? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, forest trails, walking 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 8 easy trails in John Boyd Thacher State Park ranging from 1.2 to 4.3 miles and from 1,138 to 1,738 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



nature trips


cross country skiing

dogs on leash

kid friendly

1 month ago

The red, blue, and orange trails are very difficult to stay on, as they all interconnect with one another. It’s very easy to get lost in this maze of trails. The sign at the trailhead by the parking area needs to be replaced. It’s badly damaged from the elements and is unreadable. Also, if you’re new to the area or this is your first time here, you need to pay $6 for parking at Hop Field. You wouldn’t know this because there is no signage telling you to do so and the parking meter is in the middle of the lot so if you park before it as I usually do, you would miss it. I got a warning ticket because I didn’t see the parking meter. Thatcher Park needs to put signage up or move the pay meter to the beginning of the walk in to remind people to pay for parking. You only pay for parking through October. Come November, it’s free. Personally, I won’t return when the pay parking resumes. $6 is a lot to ask for a few mediocre hiking trails with no views and one waterfall. NYS gets enough of my money every April 15th. They won’t be getting $6 more for me to park my car

Super easy, child and pet friendly. Great views!

I live near here so I’ve done this hike many, many times in my childhood and since. It’s great for the kids and the fur kids, usually lots of other folks to greet.

3 months ago


Beautiful and different terrain than normal

After the last few hikes I took, I was looking for something more scenic and less strenuous. This trail was perfect. Easy trail with some slippery rocks and a couple of steep staircases. It took about an hour and a half with stops for photos. The falls are beautiful and flowing due to the week of rain we had. The leaves are just starting to change. Beautiful views at the start of the trail and at the falls. I plan to go back in a week or so to check out the foliage progress. Only downside I found was the amount of people there. It's definitely a busy place. Some people there were loud and rather obnoxious. I'll try a different time of day next time!

Fast, easy hike with great views at the top of the trail. The waterfall is great on a hot day, and parts of the cliff that we had to duck under to pass were especially fun for the kids.

very nice trail, pretty easy, and great signs.

This was by far one of the most amazing trails I have been on. One note is that this is a state park and it costs $6 to park all day, but its definitely worth it. They also have a dirtbike, snowmobile, and awesome playground. to start at this trail head to the visitor center and it is just down the hill. there are three paths. Indian is the middle with the large stone steps. It has caves, cliffs, waterfalls ( better just after a heavy rain, and if you have kids be on the lookout for all the orange newts and salamanders around them) and breathtaking views.....minus the big ugly white factory that your eyes draw to. Went with 2 dogs and our 4year old. Minus a few slips on the wet rocks she was easily able to do it and loved the cave.

6 months ago

Beautiful! Newts everywhere, they are so cute!
A little slippery and steep in parts, so it would be tough for little kids or elderly to Do the full loop- but lots of easier access spots to check out too. Beautiful visitors center!!!!

6 months ago

if you want to make this a much better hike and not pay the high price of $6 for parking right on old stage road you'll see a small parking lot that can hold around 10 car or you can parl along side the road if full. this spot will take you too 2 great overlooks. you see on the this map the dotted line call high point road. the second overlook is were hang gliders jump from. then take escarpment trail that will take you into the park and you'll be on Indian trail. this will make your hike a 100 times better.

A little crowded but very pretty

Beautiful views and rich history. Loved spending time with my husband and kids here. Lots of picnic areas as well once your off the trails.

8 months ago

This trail was recently re-opened after a closure of about a year. The park did some trail work in the down time which included re-surfacing and scaling some of the cliffs. Stairs, boardwalks and trail surface were all in good shape. Great to be back "below the cliffs".

8 months ago


It’s open again but lots of débris on the trail so be careful. Lovely hike!

nice walk

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

such a unique place, it's small but magical.

Friday, December 15, 2017

When I lived in Albany this was a go to trail for anyone visiting me from out of town. Enjoyed this trail dozens of times, particularly enjoyed the winter when the waterfall would freeze.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Visited in fall 2015. Was a perfect hike for my Mom who needs something a little easier and loves to learn about history. Hopefully they can find a way to reopen it.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Trail is still closed as of October 2017

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Wonderful place! Easy hike!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Best trail

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Beautiful views I like to do this trail on a rainy day
Sadly, the trail is closed right now

bird watching
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Just a wonderful walk. Shame someone got hurt and they had to close it. I saw some robins and cardinals.

bird watching
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Easy beautiful hike. I do it many times!

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Indian Ladder Trail is closed indefinitely due to an injury caused by falling rock from the cliff wall. Park Staff said safety of the trail needs to be assessed. https://dailygazette.com/article/2017/07/07/thacher-park-s-indian-ladder-trail-remains-closed

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trail is closed indefinitely

Friday, June 30, 2017

Very buggy, overgrown fields, lots of mud -- shoe got stuck and came off foot. Bug spray doesn't help. Trails not marked well. Got lost, called visitor center and they had trouble finding our location.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great trail for our 5 years old. Very nice park.

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