"It doesn’t say so in the brochure, but we believe that exclamation points were invented on the Indian Ladder Trail. The path follows a ledge along the breathtaking limestone cliffs of the Helderberg Escarpment, with caves, waterfalls, bridges, and far-reaching vistas adding interest at nearly every turn. In addition, this easy walk provides the kids with some geology lessons and Native American history as you follow a former Mohawk Indian route next to one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. Don’t come expecting a solitary, wilderness hike, though—not only is this trail immensely popular, but the 2200-acre John Boyd Thacher State Park that encompasses it caters to summertime crowds with a variety of family attractions. Visit the Olympic-size swimming pool (and the kiddie pool for toddlers); the games area with courts for paddle tennis, handball, basketball, and volleyball; the two playground areas and several baseball diamonds; and the picnic sites with tables, fireplaces, and charcoal grills. Refreshment stands and toilet facilities make this family hike a little more civilized than most. The walk takes less than an hour, but you’ll have no trouble spending a delightful day here—with a lot of other folks who had the same great idea!"