Plotter Kill Preserve Trail

MODERATE 269 reviews

Plotter Kill Preserve Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly 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.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1007 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

old growth

Beautiful streams, step falls and 2 tall waterfalls. 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.

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16 hours ago

Great time with the family. Had our two children 7 and 5 and finished in about 3 hours. Good time had by all.

1 day ago

Good, but muddy! Took about 3 hours to do the whole circle with a leashed dog.

hiking
1 day ago

trail running
2 days ago

My favorite place to go around the capital region. Good assortment of trails and plenty of elevation on different paths. The long red trail does have quite a few sharp turns in the path. If you ever look up and don't see a marker, turn around.

hiking
6 days ago

The red trail did "apparently" abruptly end ... I walked about 200 yards further on both sides of the stream ... 12 more people got "lost" at the exact same point while I was looking for the trail ... I worked my way back to the last red marker, and there IS another marker, but you have to take a 90 degree look to your left and a little back to see it and where it crosses the stream ... VERY VERY EASY TO GET LOST AT THAT POINT ... worthwhile to add a larger sign right there ... and some general more signage needed on the red trail. The orange trail isn't on most maps including the trailhead maps, but that's a good loop trail.

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17 days ago

It was okay, got lost a lot!! Never found the big waterfall. The red trail marker randomly ended. Had to hike UP two waterfalls just to make it back on the path!

hiking
18 days ago

19 days ago

This is a fantastic trail. It feature 3 waterfalls, one of them is 40 feet tall. You need to be extremely careful on the paths that are high up. People fall every year, so use caution. One of our favorite places to hike!

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20 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Love this place

hiking
1 month ago

Really fun hike! It was pretty muddy and in the future we'll probably avoid this trail after it rains. There are also a lot of steep sections and the steepness combined with the slippery mud was a little scary at times. I agree with others that the trails could be marked better. We got turned around a couple times. I recommend taking a copy of the trail map or downloading it on your phone. It came in handy for us. All things considered, we had fun and the falls are beautiful!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

great place. my family enjoyed it. the mini hike. the next time we will go to the waterfalls.

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