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North Rim and South Rim Red Trail Loop is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Schenectady, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 866 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Blowdown Muddy
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Beautiful streams, step falls and 2 tall waterfalls. It may require going off trail to view the falls. Forest views. Great top rope ice climbing in January-Feb. Plotter Kill Preserve is a nature preserve near Rotterdam, NY. The Plotter Kill, a tributary of the Mohawk River, flows through a very rugged gorge. The forest here contains a mix of hardwoods and confiers. There are three beautiful waterfalls. The Upper Falls is 60 feet; the Lower Falls and the Rynex Creek Falls are both 40 feet. Start on the red trail near the kiosk. Take the side trail (blue) which will take you to lookouts over the Upper and Lower falls. Continue on the red trail which crosses the Kill on a foot bridge. You will pass by the Upper and Lower falls. The trail goes down a switchback taking you to the top of the falls on the Rynex creek. Cross the creek here. If you have ample time, you can follow the red trail to the end of the preserve near the Thruway. There is a cascading waterfall there.

Schenectady County Planning Department (518) 386-2225

Take Interstate 90 (Thruway) to Exit 25A (Interstate 88). Take first exit ramp right after the toll booth. At the light, turn left onto NY Route 7 (East). After about 1/2 mile, turn left onto NY Rte 337 (North). Turn left at next light on NY Route 159 (West). Drive for 3.5 miles to parking area on the right - just past Coplon Rd.

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Sébastien Bernt
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got lost once it got dark but sorry walk back to the right trail through the woods

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Vineeth Kashyap
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It was great...although need to look out for Yellow markers on the way For best outcomes, start with North, continue through South and exit back from North

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joshua o'connor
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Tom Connally
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Lots of elevation changes, kinda busy today. lots of folks with kids and dogs on the initial part. Much less on the long loop.

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Douglas Nadeau
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Very few people out and trails are in great shape. We found the trail easy to follow.

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Matt O'Brien
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Pretty easy trail to follow if you’re watching the colors. There’s red, yellow, and blue trail markers that are marked well. Watch the various different turn offs to the different entrances. The main red trail follows in a loop around the waterfalls and ridge. There’s a bit of elevation gain or loss in some points depending on which direction you move in. Overall not a difficult trail but a nice stroll in the woods. You can turn this 4 or 5 miles into 10 if you do the entire loop. We clocked 6 miles on the red trail.

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Rachel Chase
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Welp added a little extra distance because I didn’t realize you cross the stream at the second waterfall to carry on

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Shaun Smith
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Had some fun did some exploring got a lot of leg workout. Very dry and clear trails

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Heather Callanan
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ka fitzpatrick
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John Powell
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Niki Robinson
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This app is a Godsend!!!! There were a few times I had to ask myself how did people get around on this trail before this app. All I have to say is if you are parking at coplon rd. Turn right at the fork. You’ll go down hill at a incline but you’ll be grateful once you make your way back around!!

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Bob Cross
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nicolas Ramírez
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Liz Coakley
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Great hike today and well marked. Got to see lots of wildflowers. I did the red trail counterclockwise and the majority of it was easy walking terrain. Just a few sections of steep, steady incline. Will definitely do it again!

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Shermanizer Li
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Kay Rhodes
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Kayla Fitzgerald
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Kaitlyn Muns
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Clearly marked and clean cut trail. Longer than described though. Our trek ended up being 7.2 miles

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Jack B
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I recommend going counter clockwise for a more gradual uphill incline. Well maintained trail.

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Shaun Smith
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William Chapple
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Julien Lauron
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Challenging, steep and a bit muddy but beautiful and nicely marked and maintained, highly recommend

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jacqueline pierce
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Red Trail was 6.5 miles. The rims were nice but

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Razan Alawadhi
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Poorly guided trail, it took me 5 hours to finish 9 miles due to many dead ends. Not good for kids as many bugs/ticks/spiders along the trail with many up and down paths. The waterfalls are even dry and not worthy to visit.

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Rob H
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The water was all dried up, would not recommend coming in the summer, better in the spring

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Rebecca Anne
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I did the full red loop and I really liked this trail. It took me about two hours. It was easy to go off trail in spots, but you realize pretty quickly. There is some high grass in parts so I would wear long pants and pack some bug spray!

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