Thacher State Park (John Boyd Thacher), Voorheesville

#63 of 149 in Nature in New York State
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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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  • This is the best place for a view of Albany and areas around . It also has a great picnic areas and places to rent for parties . The staff is awesome and always helpful . Most restrooms are very moder...  more »
  • My daughter was getting married in upstate New York and decided to rent the Thatcher State Park Visitors Center for the reception. It was a great choice. The area was set aside from the visitors cente...  more »
  • We visited Thatcher park for the first time the other day and now I regret all the years of coming to Albany without previous adventures here. The waterfalls were amazing (although I understand they'r...  more »

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