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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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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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Angie McAllister
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Lovely, well marked trail. Dry waterfalls and low water throughout. So many mushroom varieties!

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Mackenzie Therrien
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Bret Carlone
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I recently trailed the South Rim Loop (RED Trail) from parking at Coplon Road. Total length was just shy of 4 miles. and despite what others say the trail was very easy to see and stay on. was able to get in and out just over 2 hours. Awesome preserve will definitely be back.

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Andrew Rock
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Parking was easy and plenty of space. Rated this trail as low because there were not enough markers and its very easy to get off onto non-marked trails. I tried to follow the red trail and kept getting off onto other trails/off shoots. So I just gave up and turned around and went home. Additionally, the yellow trail ended up going into this area that was overgrown and barely a trail anymore. The main areas were really nice in the woods, so its nice if you are looking for a moderate walk. But I was trying to do the entire red trail and could not due to how poorly the trails were marked.

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Tatiana Teslenko
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