Peebles Island Perimeter Trail

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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
108 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running

walking

bird watching

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.

Great dog-friendly trail with many viewpoints and easy to follow trail markers to keep you on track

4 days ago

Pretty muddy and slushy today but I saw a bald eagle!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this about a month ago no snow on the ground. Easy hike around the island. Some nice water views. Will be back.

walking
5 months ago

Nice easy trail. Not many people on a midweek day. We will be back.

5 months ago

Short easy hike with some steep drop offs

5 months ago

Did Perimeter and Deer trails. Scenic views, good for school age kids. Well-maintained and marked paths.

walking
5 months ago

Took my dog for his first hike here it’s a really nice trail not a huge amount of people when i went.

hiking
5 months ago

easy hike with water views along most of the perimeter trail. My 11-year-old daughter loved the hike, especially the 2 bald eagles that we saw.

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent for a leisurely stroll, but can get pretty crowded. I'm rating this hike based on my "want to get away from it all" criteria. That said, the trail and adjoining Park offer clean and convenient facilities for a family day - picnic areas, restrooms, and fishing spots.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike on a well maintained trail!

walking
6 months ago

Great trail and easy to do just to get outside. If you’re bringing youngsters keep in mind the cliffs can be dangerous for wandering kids. BRING BUG SPRAY if you plan on stopping for a break.

nature trips
7 months ago

One of my absolute favorite places. Beautiful scenery and trails with perfectly clear markers. Wide trails with lots of places to stop and look at animals or wonder. Great park!

hiking
8 months ago

The description says kid friendly but if you plan to take kids younger than 7, Hang onto them! This trail has very steep drop offs most of the way around.

walking
8 months ago

Easy trail, great for younger kids. My 4 year old loved seeing the deer, turtles, and eagles. Able to walk down to the water on the SE end of the island. Lots of shells and more eagles. Trail is wide open with plenty of intersecting trails that cross the island. Beautiful views and lookouts throughout. Bring your gps and find some geocaches too.

8 months ago

great time

8 months ago

Saw a bald eagle, two fawns, chipmunks, a snapping turtle and a beaver today!

hiking
8 months ago

Very well maintained trails, all dirt and wide enough for about 4 people across. We took the perimeter trail and the deer run trail. We switched because the second half of the perimeter trail wasn't mowed and the grass was a little tall. there's some nice views of the Hudson and small waterfalls. Pay attention when parking because the lot is easy to miss before the one-lane bridge. We saw a doe run past on the deer run which was exciting! I would return.

9 months ago

Great easy hike. Lots to see along with Lock#2 waterway. Eagles nest are across the river, so l recommend binoculars. Someone offered us there's to take a look at the nest. Decent place without lots of travel time to get there as well.

9 months ago

Beautiful and easy trail. We took a nice leisurely walk around the perimeter and saw Bald Eagles and their nest on the next island over. Next time we know to bring binoculars!

hiking
9 months ago

great trail any level

hiking
10 months ago

Great views on the perimeter trail of the lock and river. Some nice lookout spots. Good view of a bald eagle nest. Only downside is there is a ton of people

walking
10 months ago

Loved it.

hiking
10 months ago

Perfect leisurely hike with great views. Good for kids and dogs.

hiking
11 months ago

A leisure trail for family walk after dinner. Not challengeable at all.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

this is my favorite place to walk for an hour. love the nature and oaky bluffs

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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.

Friday, September 08, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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.

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