Explore the most popular walking trails near Schenectady with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

One of my favorite local places. Always bring my dogs!!

Taking up hiking as a retirement activity and this was our first hike. Had a great day only wish we had known that the waterfalls would not be running. Will have to go back next spring!

Completed this trail with my girlfriend on bikes and it was extremely pleasant. We chose to do just half and stayed west of Schenectady. Absolutely awesome with a little views and plenty of places to sit and take a break.

What a great hike! We hiked the red trail from Coplon rd in flip flops! (Not recommended) Yes, it can be challenging at times. You might ask yourself several times “is this really the trail?” It is, and it’s awesome! This trail has everything, natural stone steps or roots or logs that nature put in just a way to use as stepping stones. There’s a stream and waterfalls, although the water level seemed low, but yay! That means you can cross the stream at the low water crossing point. You end up crossing the stream back and forth. There is some minor rock climbing/scaling. Beautiful cool paths through the woods that open into an open field and you realize you’re on the edge of a cliff! So beautiful. We had a great time

Took kids and they enjoyed it, except thorny bushes in the one part of loped trail!!!

Really nice hike! My dad and I had never been there before and had no trouble with finding our way. Follow the RED MARKERS and you'll be fine. you'll see that the trail comes to forks, just look for the RED markers. There are tons of signs to tell you which direction you're heading. Remember what road you're parked at too! There isn't much water on the falls and the trails were not muddy!

Poorly marked trail with multiple different colored trail markers. We ended up just winging it but found our way to all 3 of the falls

Poorly marked; not ok for first timers. Steep slopes and sometimes trail is close to the edge. Need appropriate footwear. Bring water and snacks.
The view is beautiful and you can see the falls, although they are not properly marked on the trail.

Nice hike. Did the red loop. Pretty easy to follow.

The Falls were nice but not much water today.

Rather than a steady climb, you climb and decend rather steep areas several times.

The hike on here is listed as 5.3 miles and 866 foot elevation gain but my fitness tracker recorded it as 6.4 miles and 1079 foot elevation gain.

Beautiful trail, beautiful falls, a bit muddy, some streams to cross but worth it for the falls

Well maintained trail with great views. Map on this app was very helpful in areas where the trail wasn’t marked clearly. Beautiful waterfalls.

The full loop is a great easy hike just keep a keen eye for trail signs. Using the map from this app was extremely helpful. There are areas where others were swimming close to the beginning of the trail.

Trail is poorly marked. Guns firing nearby the entire hike really took away from the experience.

Not recommended for first timers. Went on a rainy day, gets pretty muddy and a little rough in some parts. Parts of the trails go through the streams so simple sneakers may not suffice. Believe the other comments about unmarked trail, the markers are hard to follow. There are some maps throughout the way, but they're all washed out. The longest route is the red trail to follow. Good waterfall points to see. I'd hike it again.

Great day for a hike. Slippery due to the rain yesterday- excited to go back once the trails dry out. Impressed with the new red markers.

A small hike on the way to Saratoga Springs. Decent hike to walk the dog if you live in the area but I wouldn’t go out of my way. Ticks. Lots of slopes but easy enough for a beginner.

The trail is marked...but not marked well. Even while keeping a close eye out for blazes, I ended up off trail or turned around several times. The trail itself doesn't give you great views of the waterfalls, but hiking along the streams is peaceful, and it's a beautiful, woody path. Trail is still quite muddy in places.

Took lots of wrong turns because the trail was poorly marked in my opinion. Lots of red dots on the trees but when it came time to forks or turns, you'd have to go down the trail a bit to see the next trail marker and hope you made the right turn or else ya gotta turn around.
Nothing really to see along the loop. If I had known I would have turned around once I hit the creek crossing (coming from Mariaville Rd).
Very muddy and narrow. Wouldn't recommend this for kids as there are steep ledges along the trail.
No trail down to see the big waterfall but it is possible to get down there. Be careful.

A perfect place to go as a beginner or an veteran hiker. There's plenty to see and plenty to explore, going off trail for the waterfalls isn't a recommended ideal but, really brings this place out for you. Aside from very relaxed environment and amazing views this place could use a little less cautionary flare. It's polluted with signs, markers, and trash from adolescent mistakes.
Going there as a kid to now was slightly depressing but none the less an amazing place to explore and get away from it all.

Loved this trip! The falls were stunning, not flowing too much water at the moment but still extremely enjoyable. We took the red trail & found that to be the best one to see all 3 waterfalls. The trails are definitely still a bit muddy & loose which makes the steep parts a bit nerve wrecking. We got a TICK BITE from the trail, luckily the tick had just "dug in" when we found it & all is fine, but be aware that there are ticks in the area.

Great hike!!!

This is a very short simple walk into nature; you won't get a workout here at all, but you will see nature in all it's beauty. The trail is NOT marked, but easy to follow. When you get to the end there is an "End of Trail" sign. Bring the kids.

Waterfalls are flowing beautifully! The trail is muddy and slick in a lot of spots, but a good hike.

hiking
2 months ago

this is a very nice trail! very well-marked and maintained. flows nicely through the terrain. Bridges and creeks throughout here and there. lots of different watering spots for the dog. beautiful Forest scenery. no real difficulties getting around anywhere on this trail. there are up and down slopes but nothing really difficult to walk. trail conditions are excellent today. beautiful day, great exercise! 8 May 2018

PROS:
Easy to walk
Pretty nature to see and hear
Easy to follow
Close to home for an easy nature walk

CONS:
buggy
Mud and water in some spots on the path
no variety of wildlife
didn’t see much
Can hear cars/traffic in background

This was our first hike of the season. We chose to do the red trail. It was about a 5 mile hike round trip. There were some really nice waterfalls although at one point in the trail we had to cross the water which can be dangerous. This would not be recommended for families or inexperienced individuals taking a stroll. Otherwise it was very pretty and we enjoyed it.

Great easy loop

Did this trail 2 days ago. Good trail, but was very muddy in certain spots. Be prepared to cross the stream in some spots, feet might get wet since the river is high. Waterfalls we're full and beautiful!

walking
2 months ago

Might be easy for some, but I found it steep and not well marked. will try it again in dryer weather.

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