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Hike Plotter Kill Preserve

Schenectady, New York

4.3/5
based on 3 reviews

Details

Distance

5.5 miles

Elevation Gain

820 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

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Beautiful waterfalls and several smaller cascades await you on this small local hike.

There are a few entries into the preserve' however, this hike has you entering off of Mariaville Road. There is a kiosk here and you will enter on the Red trail. Shortly after you can go out and back on the Blue trail to view the Upper and Lower Falls from lookouts above.

Once back to the Red trail you will descend some stairs and pass the creek over a bridge. This will take you by the Upper and Lower falls. The trail then goes down a switchback taking you to the top of the falls on the Rynex creek. You can then return back the way you came via the Red Trail or continue onto the north Red Trail, making a loop.

You can make this hike as long as you want as there are several trails running through out the preserve but the falls are the most scenic. The Upper falls are 60 feet and the most impressive.

I have to urge use extreme caution at the Upper Falls, it is obviously very slippery and people have fallen, so be smart.

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Features

Hiking
Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

Reviews

Beautiful! Would highly recommend staying on the trail, it’s very dangerous if you don’t.

I have only ever been here in the winter. It’s an AMAZING place to snowshoe with some hills and a gorgeous waterfall.

So many great spots to hang out by the water. Only downfall was the loop back was confusing to follow.

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