Southern Waterfall Spur Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Southern Waterfall Spur Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Troy, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.0 miles
249 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


nature trips





wild flowers




over grown

There are two trails areas in the Rensselaer Tech Park; this set is the southern set and is only labeled "Trail." The main "Red" trail travels to a bridge where the "Waterfall Spur Trail" splits off. It is a nature walk from the park down to the train tracks near the Hudson River. There is much nature here along with wildlife and a stream containing a set of small cascading waterfalls.

6 days ago

Main entrance is closed

2 months ago

There are two trails in the tech park; I picked this one ... wish I hadn't. This trail was a complete frustration to find if you look at the master trail maps on the web. The upper part of the trail is difficult to follow if you can find it at all. I recommend parking at the CMOST Science Center location and just walking over to the trail. Once I found it, it was muddy and just not well kept. I suspect if it were more dry then maybe it would be nice, but at this point in the year it was very muddy. The waterfalls/cascade was very nice, but that was about it. The trail just ENDED in the middle of tons of muddy ferns and swampy land. I was not impressed at all.

2 months ago