Plotter Kill Preserve

Schenectady, NY

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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.

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Justin Martin (82)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Always a good hike, many unmarked and a bunch of marked trails that intertwine with each other . You can easily spend 20 minutes or all day adventuring around . Hands down one of my favorite local places to explore . Only thing that's a con is all the trash that you can find carelessly tossed amongst the beautiful nature. Please keep in mind to take out what you bring in and help keep it beautiful for everyone to enjoy now and in the future (I even carry a bag just to pick up the trash I find as I go along ). gets busy on nice days so parking can get full fast .

Robert P. (96)

Great place for a hike. Very close just around the corner from me. Nice views of waterfalls. Gets a little muddy in some spots great trail for winter or summer.

Luke Mooney (37)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Fun hike but not marked well along with where it is marked it can be confusing. I could see four or five markers in one spot in all different directions on both sides of the stream.

Jordan Vogl (150)

6 Completed6 Reviews

I live about ten miles from here and have been frequenting it forever. Great water falls. Wonderful views in autumn (i recommend the yellow trail that time of year). All i have to say to people who say the trails aren't marked well and they get lost is if you can't identify a path from other terrain you shouldn't be hiking.

Kristin Bakke (142)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Alex Kelsey (86)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Moderate hike with three waterfalls. Trail begins at parking lot off of highway 159. Segment of trail from parking lot to all three waterfalls is clearly marked and approximately 2 miles round trip. We decided to hike a bit more of the red trail which was not marked very well nor was it maintained well. I am glad that I took a picture of the map before heading off as it is easy to get lost at times. The trails have names according to random signs that are few and far between along the trail but according to the map at the trail head the trails are just labeled red, blue and yellow. We decided to take a dip in the pool of one of the falls. Water was cold but very refreshing after the hike. Bring bug spray. The area is wonderful and I would recommend this hike to others. Enjoy!

Amanda J (424)

26 Completed14 Reviews

Very shaded. Mostly all in woods so wear bug spray. Waterfalls are very nice if they are flowing :)

Sibora Reed (2570)

47 Completed37 Reviews

Super muddy during the early spring. We got lost twice. Had to take a shortcut back by climbing down tree roots and up waterfalls :/ to make it back by sundown

Ryan Klein (205)

5 Completed3 Reviews

Had a lot of fun meandering through the valley, although the trails are not marked well because of flood damage but as long as you follow the creek you can find the falls. Fun hike but not very challenging.

Brandon Finucan (850)

19 Completed1 Reviews

Definitely not marked well on many stretches. Pretty active tick population along the Southeast red trail starting from Coplon Rd til you get on the North side of the loop. You do run into the best parts when you get (lost) off the red trail (or sidetrack on a yellow). The falls are dry now, but would probably be great in the spring. Nice walk.