Thacher State Park

With gorgeous panoramic views of the Adirondacks, Green Mountains and Hudson-Mohawk Valleys, John Boyd Thacher Park is definitely worth checking out.

birds-eye view from Thacher State ParkPhoto credit: Elizabeth Eckler

Located along the Helderberg Escarpment, just 15 miles southwest of Albany, this New YorkState park preserves six miles of limestone cliffs, woodland and open fields, perfect for picnicking, hiking and just enjoying the great outdoors. Discover waterfalls and one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world at this scenic park.

There are nearly 25 miles of trails for walking and mountain biking in the summer and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowbiling in the winter.

Thacher Park is also a great place for birding. It is a bird conservation area and there are approximately 171 species of birds that have been identified. Great Blue Herons, Red-Tailed Hawks, and a variety of different owl species have all been seen in the park.

Another unique feature of the park is the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center. Visiting the center is a great chance to explore exhibits and displays of geological models, a live honeybee observation hive, bird viewing, fossils, furs and other hands-on exhibits. There are trails which lead from the center to the Thompson's Lake that are great for hiking or skiing. The center also offers educational opportunities for kids. The center is open year-round from 9am to 5pm, closed Mondays. It is located at 87 Nature Center Way in Voorheesville and can be reached by calling 518.872.0800.

The Thacher Park Center opened in 2017 with interactive exhibits, an outdoor observation deck and patio, rock climbing, and much more.

Things to Enjoy

  • Picnic Areas and Pavilions
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Playing Fields
  • Playgrounds
  • Recreation Programs
  • Guided Tours of the Indian Ladder Trails
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking

Winter Fun

  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling

Contact Information

Contact: 518.872.1237

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