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

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.

nature trips
28 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

great time

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

2 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.

2 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
2 months ago

great trail any level

hiking
3 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
3 months ago

Loved it.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

9 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
10 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.

11 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.

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 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.

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

birding
11 months ago

Boring. Not many birds.

walking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nice easy walk. Cool views and lots of deer.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

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
Sunday, July 23, 2017

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

trail running
Monday, July 10, 2017

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
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Love it. Get there several times a week.

walking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

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.

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