It is hiking season again, well, for those of us who only hike in warmer weather, and we have some excellent trails to walk in the Capital Region. The most apparent hike is in the Adirondacks, making the 180-mile trails from Fonda to Malone. All offer spectacular views of mountains, trees, and waterfalls. In most of those waterfalls, you can get up close and feel the mist of the water or admire it from afar. The views from behind the falls would be amazing. You can see that view and hike that trail behind a waterfall not very far from the Capital Region

Thatcher Park is only about an hour or less drive from Albany and is a popular park to visit for families. The park offers over 20 miles of hiking trails with views from the Hudson Valley to the Adirondacks and even the Green Mountains of Vermont.


The Indian Ladder is the most visited trail in the park, and the path will bring you right behind Minelot Falls. The waterfall may not be that powerful and sometimes only offers a trickle of water; it still is a great hike. The Indian Ladder Trail opens May 1st and will stay open until November. Thatcher Park's other trails are accessible year-round.

Thatcher Park

Indian Ladder is one of the smaller trails at .50 miles. You can bring your four-legged hiking buddy as long as they are on a leash. If you are looking for something a little longer, Long Path Loop is 4.4 miles long and allows you to bring your dog as long as they are on a leash.

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