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Albany and Central New York Sights

John Boyd Thacher State Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Fodor's Review

The park sits along the Helderberg Escarpment, one of the most fossil-rich formations in the world and the most dramatic natural feature of the regional landscape. From the escarpment ledge you can take in panoramic views of the Hudson-Mohawk Valley, with the Adirondack foothills and the western mountain ranges of Massachusetts and Vermont off in the distance. The park is the ending point for the Long Path, a 349-mi hiking trail that starts in Fort Lee, New Jersey,

and crosses public and private land. Within the park you can hike the Indian Ladder Trail, which runs along the Helderberg cliff. The trail, open from May to mid-November, is furnished with interpretive signs, and guided hikes are available. Another 12 mi of trails are open all year. In warm weather the trails are used for hiking, biking, and nature walks; cross-country skiing (on groomed and ungroomed trails) and snowshoeing are available in winter. Facilities include an Olympic-size pool ($2 in season) and picnicking sites.

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Sight Information

Address:

Rte. 157 off Rte. 85, Voorheesville, New York, 12186, United States

Phone:

518-872–1237

Sight Details:

  • Parking $6 (late May–Labor Day)
  • Daily 8am–dusk

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