Pratt Rock Trail

HARD 11 reviews

Pratt Rock Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Prattsville, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles
866 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers


Pratt Rock Park, by the side of Route 23 outside of Prattsville is cloaked in legend. Pratt Rock Park is open to the public every day. The climb to the rocks is steep, and may be unfit for young children, but the path is clear and ascents a series of gently graded inclines to the carved cliff wall 500 feet above the road. The sculptures and the view of the valley make the short climb more than worth the effort." "America's First Mt. Rushmore" was carved into a cliff side south of Prattsville, NY, to please Zadock Pratt, wealthy entrepreneur, congressman and husband of five wives. Pratt ran the biggest shoe leather tannery in the world and loved to promote himself. The story goes that one day in 1843 a jobless man asked Zadock for a handout. Pratt, who believed in workfare not welfare, asked the man what he did for a living. When the man replied that he was a stonecutter, Zadock pointed to the cliff overlooking his 350-acre farm and told him to start carving Zadock's life story. The luckless laborer didn't stop until Zadock finally died, 28 years later. There is a serpentine path up the hill that allows for close-up inspection and a dizzying view of the Schoharie River below. The path is narrow, steep and crumbly. Zadock planned to be buried in a tomb carved into the cliff beneath his own giant head, but it leaked water whenever it rained so the plan was abandoned. The tomb now makes a handy shelter for changing film or camcorder batteries. However, Pratt Rock is graced with the common grave of six of Zadock's favorite horses and dogs, all lying beneath a big mound marked with a tombstone near the picnic tables.

18 days ago

was rainy all day. found shelter under the bluffs in a couple locations. but the wet terrian made hikeing up the rocks a challenge. still very exlieriting and rewarding. The sculptures in the rock face alone are worth the effort to reach the top. be mindful if you decide to do this hike in wet conditions.

11 months ago

The trail needs some signs so you can find the points of interest faster. When I arrived there was a couple leaving who hiked to the top and was not able to find the sculpted rocks. Since there were no sings at forks, I also did a lot of walking without luck. I ended up watching a YouTube video at the top, and got some guidance to find them. It was a really easy and quick walk, rather than the hike up to the top and going in circles that I did.
For first timers, from the parking lot, take the first right and go through a trail that is like a serpentine, you get to the sculpted rock quickly.
I was trying to retrace steps from other hikes shown on this site. But it didn't mention exactly where the rocks were.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Did this hike the beginning of April 2017. It was very cold and a little windy but once you got moving, you didn't notice the cold. This was a nice hike not too strenuous. The carvings in the mountain was absolutely beautiful! I'm very glad we found this place. ALit of history here as well. Got to hike and get a free history lesson while doing what I love!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

This was a nice hike that I will come back and explore more of the trail.

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