Peebles Island Perimeter Trail

EASY 177 reviews

Peebles Island Perimeter Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Waterford, New York that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
91 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

River rapids, wildlife, steep cliffs, dog and kid friendly, wilderness close to home. Peebles Island is a nature-lover's treasure. The Perimeter Trail winds through open meadows, a hardwood forest, along cliff tops, and past river rapids in it's two-mile loop. White-tail deer, beaver, skunks, hawks, owls and water fowl can be spotted, especially in the early morning hours. Numerous trails criss-cross the island and are preferable during the summer months when the park receives a high volume of visitors. Fishing with a permit is allowed, and picnic tables are available along the route. Though located within eye-shot of nearby towns, the rapids at the southeast shore drown out the sound of traffic, and three nearby uninhabited islands offer wilderness views to the west. Thus protected, Peebles Island offers nature walks that are both diverse and serene.

4 months ago

This trail is hidden where you’d least expect it! Very nice views around the main trail on the perimeter of the island and there’s several trails that intertwine and connect through the woods in the middle.

I like places like this because you get a touch of the woods, good views of the cliffs and water, and you can walk anywhere between 1 to 4 miles depending on the routes you take.

nature trips
4 months ago

The trails (there are others in addition to the perimeter trail) are well maintained, and there are a few picnic tables scattered here-and-there as well as a few areas that have been cleared so that visitors have a better view of the water. The kids and I saw several birds, chipmunks, squirrels, and about six white tail deer (two group of which were no more than 100 feet from us). The terrain is mostly flat, with only a few areas of limited steep(ish) climbing before reaching another flat area.

5 months ago

Holiday weekend and great weather brought many visitors to the trail this weekend. Guess it's not a secret to the locals. We'll be back for sure.

5 months ago

Super short and accessible. Easy and good views. Highly recommended

hiking
5 months ago

Great walk with a six-year-old! Took the Deer Run trail to the Perimeter trail, I and saw a woodchuck, a deer and a snake. Note: The Visitor's Center was closed AND the pavilion washrooms were being repaired, so no washrooms available.

5 months ago

Easy perimeter trail. So pretty. Last week I saw 5 deer as I walked here. Bonus!

hiking
5 months ago

Did this trail last year. Nice easy walk with some decent views and lots of deer.

hiking
5 months ago

birding
6 months ago

Boring. Not many birds.

walking
6 months ago

Nice easy walk. Cool views and lots of deer.

hiking
6 months ago

A little unknown treasure so close to the city. Beautiful views along the river, well maintained trails under the canopy of trees, wildlife, etc. A short drive from home and so worth taking a morning or afternoon hike.

walking
6 months ago

Nice and enough people but not to many. Great look out points of the river. Would do it again.

trail running
7 months ago

I love this place. I grew up coming here and I actually just started trail running here. Definitely a great place to trail run, there's so much nature to see on this little island. I suggest parking at the visitors center on the Waterford side and walking over the bridge as well, it's free to park there. This spot is also great to take kids to

walking
7 months ago

Beautiful place to spend a day. By the water, easy trail, about 2 miles, lots of wildlife, places to rest, picking area with a restroom. No food available for purchase on the island, so plan accordingly. You can rent kayaks and explore the area from the water. Great place!

7 months ago

Love it. Get there several times a week.

walking
7 months ago

Directions took me through Troy. Would do better to take 787 to the end, make a right and find sign on left. Would have saved me lots of time. If your dog goes nuts for deer be careful. Deer all over within 50 ft. My dog thinks they're antisocial dogs so we were fine. Nice views, easy walk but shear cliff drops.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy walk with lots of fauna! Blue heron, bald eagles, deer, cormorant, CDN geese, ducks, etc. Lots of great waterfall views. Can see where Hudson and Mohawk meet. Great picnicking and bathrooms available.

walking
8 months ago

Really great place. Well maintained.

hiking
8 months ago

I have visited this gem about 5 times and always enjoy the experience. Very easy hike with pleasant scenery along the way. we spotted a bald eagle on our last trip. Very neat!

walking
8 months ago

So gorgeous and very easy. Lots of different wildlife to get a glimpse of. We saw deer, birds, turtles, an eagle, chipmunks and MORE deer. Very peaceful and relaxing, sunny day walk in nature. Easy trails.

Load More