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.

2 months ago

Walked the Blue Loop..some uphill and good for general exercise but not much for views. And you’re beside a road for some of the way so if you want total nature immersion this isn’t it!

walking on the edge of the cliff protected by fence. really nice view from up the mountain me

This is a great easy hike for people of all abilities. I did it in a little over an hour with my 4 year old. There is not a ton to see but it is nice to be in the woods.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Took the dogs for a hike today. Nice day, no bugs, nice trail with minimal inclines. Steam beds almost dry with no moving water this time of year. Met about a dozen hikers on the trail.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Neat trail... Didn't see any interesting birds.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Escarpment Trail connects with the more popular Indian Ladder trail at the park. I went for the Indian Ladder but found it much shorter than expected, so continued along the escarpment for a couple miles. It actually goes quite a bit farther than the 1.4 miles that this states -- if you look at the dotted line trail on the map here you can see it goes much farther than the red marked trail for this listing.

Anyway, the trail follows along the ridge providing excellent views around every corner. It is relatively flat and easy to walk. Few muddy spots and easy to traverse. Very beautiful -- a great day hike if you combine the escarpment trail and the Indian Ladder.

Monday, May 01, 2017

We came to do the Indian ladder which was closed. The loop was a nice leisurely hike, but not very scenic.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

This was a nice quick 4.8 mile trek of the southern end of the park. It was muddy starting out due to the rain and snow melt, then it wasn't so bad down the trail. It was a nice spring day where there was people out hiking and having picnics.

horseback riding
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Part of the Thather Park trail system. Good footing. Can be hilly. Lot more trail miles available. Geology includes rock fissures that are not always easy to see if you leave the trail. A great place to trail ride.

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sunday, September 20, 2015