Plotter Kill Preserve Trail

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#2 of 5 trails in John Boyd Thacher State Park
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Plotter Kill Preserve Trail is a 5.4 mile 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 November until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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

Joel Wilson

5 Completed5 Reviews

Mike Willemsen

3 Completed1 Reviews

O B

1 Completed1 Reviews

Nice comfortable great scenario

Robert Price

2 Completed2 Reviews

Julia Foley

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Jake K

1 Completed1 Reviews

Not bad at all

Jon Huther

1 Completed2 Reviews

Was a quick fun hike.

Jon Huther

1 Completed2 Reviews

Was a fun hike.

Catie Feuker

3 Completed4 Reviews

Catie Feuker

3 Completed4 Reviews