Plotter Kill Preserve Trail

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Plotter Kill Preserve Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Schenectady, NY that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.4 miles 820 feet Loop
dog friendly hiking walking waterfall muddy
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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.

DJ Whitman
3 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

We took the red trail. The trail had a couple of waterfalls and my family enjoyed it. It was a little confusing at times with the different color trail markings and how the color markings overlapped at times.

DJ Whitman
3 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Cruz Ding
3 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Joanna Whitman
3 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Joanne Hook
3 days ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

it would have been a perfect trail if it had been marked better. we were taking the red trail around which would have brought us back to where we started but 3/4 of the way through the trail had signs that we couldn't continue due to some type of issue. Back tracking we lost the trail and ended up on a trail that didn't exist on the map (once we were able to pull it up on our phones later). That trail had us climbing up a steep bank just about on our hands and knees. we finally did make it back to our cars but not before having our hiking books sacked off our feet by deep wet clay. Next time we'll print out a map before we go so it will hopefully be better.

Jess R.
6 days ago

the kids love it!!!

Eric Xu
9 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Danielle Gaudio
17 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Courtney Whitney
1 month ago

12 Completed1 Reviews

My fiancé and our dog hiked today it was great. The trails are marked awesome we followed the red markers and ended up doing 7 miles. It was a little muddy but expected this time of year but would go back again !

Courtney Whitney
1 month ago

12 Completed1 Reviews

Robert P.
1 month ago

it's not a bad hike and it's around the corner from me. be careful around the water fall.

Jeremy Hobson
1 month ago

11 Completed1 Reviews

really easy, and awesome waterfalls. I bring my climbing gear and repel down the waterfalls and cliffs.

Ryan Carr
1 month ago

10 Completed0 Reviews

Ryan Carr
1 month ago

10 Completed0 Reviews

Robert Ogborn
1 month ago

12 Completed0 Reviews

Great trail

Joel Wilson
4 months ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Mike Willemsen
4 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

O B
5 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Nice comfortable great scenario

Robert Price
6 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Julia Foley
6 months ago

8 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful trails, very easy to follow, and the waterfalls are so amazing. Loved it!!