This short hike will lead you to beautiful views of the Southern Region of the Schoharie Valley as well as what Ripley's Believe it or Not once called "New York's Mt. Rushmore".

Along Route 23 you will see a large sign for Pratt Rock.  There is a small parking area for at least a half dozen cars.  At the start of the trail there is an informative kiosk regarding the rock sculptures and Zadock Pratt.  Take the time to read it!

There are no trail markers or signs however it is easy to follow.  You will see a footpath that leads you along the picnic area and will gradually start to climb.  Notice the headstone in the picnic area just before you begin your ascent.  It is here where several of Pratt's favorite horses and dogs were buried.

As you ascend on your right you will notice a bench carved into the rock with a sculpture.  Shortly after you will come to a junction where a large rock with a carved out sitting area resides.  Here you can either continue straight to the top with views of the Southern Region of the Schoharie Valley or turn right and head toward the sculptures.  Either way this will be your return spot.

There are many scenic spots along the very top of the cliffs making it a perfect spot for lunch.   

Pack List

  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Camera
  • Snack
  • Water
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RT Distance 3.1 Miles
Elevation Gain 902 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Picnic Area


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