Bloomingdale Brook Waterfall Trail

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Rensselaer Tech Park

Bloomingdale Brook Waterfall Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Troy, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.2 miElevation gain160 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingBird watchingForestRiverWaterfallWildlifeBridge outMuddyScrambleOff trail
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This trail is in the NORTHERN set of trails behind WMHT (it is unrelated to the Waterfall Spur Trail also in this park). This trail area traverses a set of cascades and small waterfalls, along with a beautiful 10 foot waterfall. The trail is a loop with significant inclines and declines along with two water crossings which can prove difficult in high water. Much wildlife is in the area including chipmunks, squirrels, and white tailed deer. The loop is well marked with "Red" discs.

Tech Park Campus Main Office (518) 283-7102

The stream can be difficult to cross at the bottom; as of May 2018 there is a fallen tree BLOCKING the stepping stones across the stream; due to the ravines carved by the water thru the years, it is VERY steep up the walls of the ravine and can be extremely difficult to circumnavigate at that point.

Take I90 to Route 4 (Exit 9) Take Route 4 toward Troy, and the Rensselaer Tech Park (Jordan Road) is on the left. Follow all the way to the end at the circle in front of WMHT Take a left, and parking will be on the right. Follow the mowed grass to the trailhead at the end of the field.

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erick b
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It was a nicely kept trail with nice little waterfalls. Clean,some dropoffs so tight leash on doggy. About a 10 car lot next to WMHT. Another tick on Enzo so spray yourself tickproof the 4 legged friends and check yourself.

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John Burns
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The grass by the parking are was a little wet and muddy but easily avoidable. The trail was dry and a great walk as always.

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Gary Roback
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A quick, well-groomed trail with pretty cool views.

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Dave Rohrmiller
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Bee Basdo
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WalkingMuddy

Shlippity shlopp

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Carrin Lentini
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Walked in winter during a light snow fall. Beautiful. Well marked.

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Jason Martin
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Daniel Johnson
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddy

Great little trail through the woods with several waterfalls along the route.

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william zaleskiewicz
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Fairly easy with a couple steeper pitches to hike up. Rocks a little slippery with the snow melting.

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Brant Mack
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muddy

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Stephen Klimack
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WalkingMuddy

Nice little walk, when we went it was very muddy but the trail is clear. Walked it during the winter but would like to go back in the summer and then fall. again, easy walk and some interesting views.

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Paul B
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Bill Kahn
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Wonderful - great small waterfalls.

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isaac normile
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it was very steep next to a 100ft drop, I wouldn't recommend it for children or those with vertigo. impossible for strollers

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Allison Visker
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HikingGreat!

Trail made for a nice walk through the woods. Definitely lightly trafficked, as it was a beautiful day and not too many people there. There are several waterfalls of varying sizes. Planning on going back in the Spring when water levels are higher. There were definitely a few spots that looked like there should be water but it was dry.

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Celeste Young
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Definitely moderate, decent inclines and steep drops. If bringing kids, keep them close. We parked at WMHT and picked up the red trail there. Nice loop, took about 30 minutes once we were at the right spot. Initially parked at the children’s museum and followed a different, very overgrown piece of the trail. Had to backtrack and get in the car to go to WHMT.

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Elizabeth Mary
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M. P.
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Great trail. Nice views.

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Ianna Clarke
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Tom Morgan
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Liz Morgan
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Richard Taglieri
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Nice Trail. Starts off easy, then progresses to moderate. Nice cascades. On the way back checked out were a small brook joins with the Bloomingdale brook. There are a few places where it looks like the trail is eroding on the hillside, so be careful.

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Jordan Marcel
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Nature tripsGreat!

Easy hike with beautiful waterfall view. Clearly marked and clean trails. Nice, quick adventure before leaving the Capital Region.

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Lynne Ross
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Nice trail . Very dry now but one small waterfall flowing

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Harley Greeley
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HikingGreat!

Great trail! Took my two dogs and had a great time. Quick and easy exercise!

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Kelly Miller
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It would have been way better if there was water there but still worth a trip!

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Gregory Miller
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HikingGreat!

Well kept, great for families and all skill levels

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Denise Davella
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WalkingGreat!

Well maintained and marked trail. Great for dogs. One steep section to get your heart rate up otherwise very easy. Beautiful waterfall.

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