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.
Multiple trails ranging from 1(blue)-6 miles loop(red). Difficulty from easy-moderate. 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. I opted to turn around shortly after crossing the power lines for this trip.
Get here early or you are parking along the road and not in the designated parking area. Most trails are well marked with the exception of the Orange trail. Once you are on the Orange trail it's not difficult to follow since the path is well defined. However, depending on where you pick up the Orange trail your fitness level will be tested with a short steep climb.
Overall a nice trail system, just a little trashy at the entrance with some graffiti throughout.
5.4 miles total trail about 4 hours moderate hike, a little muddy this time of year. Trail was not well marked in some areas went off trail 3 times which resulted in steep scrambles to get back on trail. Overall great hike
Frigid today and quite icy. Waterfall was beautiful! Looking forward to returning in the spring.
Waterfall was huge.
short fun day trails