Thacher State Park (John Boyd Thacher), Voorheesville

(4.9/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
John Boyd Thacher State Park, is situated along the Helderberg Escarpment, one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. Even as it safeguards six miles of limestone cliff-face, rock-strewn slopes, woodland and open fields, the park provides a marvelous panorama of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys and the Adirondack and Green Mountains. The park has volleyball courts, playgrounds, ball fields and numerous picnic areas with nine reservable shelters. Interpretive programs are offered year-round, including guided tours of the famous Indian Ladder Trail. There are over twelve additional miles of trails for summer hiking and mountain biking, and winter cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and snowmobiling.
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  • Thacher is located only minutes from Albany, but it offers a spectacular range of outdoor activities and experiences. The trip from the valley up to the park truly replicates a journey northward at lo...  more »
  • Wear good shoes and bring binoculars. Saw many birds. Trails were clean and well marked. You will have to keep a close eye on small children.  more »
  • The views from the overlook on a clear day are worth trip alone and the same can be said for taking a hike on the Indian Ladder trail. For these reasons and much more, treat yourself to a visit.  more »