John Boyd Thacher State Park Indian Ladder Trail

Voorheesville, New York

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Limestone cliffs, spectacular valley views, hanging gardens, jagged rock formations, and coves behind waterfalls: this is the must-see trail in the Capital region. Of the many excellent hiking opportunities in the greater Albany area, Indian Ladder Trail stands out as the best representation of central New York’s geological story. The hike traces an edge of the Helderberg Escarpment, where the collision of continents hundreds of millions of years ago forced limestone, sandstone, and shale peaks up from the depths of the Earth’s bedrock. Over eons, wind and weather wore away the sharp peaks and left behind this long range of cliff s, breaking away great limestone slabs and leaving a rock wall perpendicular to the valley floor at its base.

John Boyd Thacher State Park: Indian Ladder Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Limestone cliffs, spectacular valley views, hanging gardens, jagged rock formations, and coves behind waterfalls: this is the must-see trail in the Capital region. Of the many excellent hiking opportunities in the greater Albany area, Indian Ladder Trail stands out as the best representation of central New York’s geological story.

The hike traces an edge of the Helderberg Escarpment, where the collision of continents hundreds of millions of years ago forced limestone, sandstone, and shale peaks up from the depths of the Earth’s bedrock. Over eons, wind and weather wore away the sharp peaks and left behind this long range of cliff s, breaking away great limestone slabs and leaving a rock wall perpendicular to the valley floor at its base."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Voorheesville
Distance: 1.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Thacher State Park, 1 Hailes Cave Rd., Voorheesville 12186; (518) 8729133; nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/128/ details.aspx
Local Maps: nysparks.com/parks/ attachments/ThacherThacherTrailMap.pdf
Driving Directions: Directions to John Boyd Thacher State Park: Indian Ladder Trail

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May 2018