JOHN BOYD THACHER STATE PARK
Thacher Park near Albany, New York is a very scenic part of the Helderberg Escarpment with more than twelve miles of trails.
You'll find many panoramic views of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. The state-owned park is one of the most fossil-rich spots in the country. Indian Ladder Trail is the most popular trail in the park. The trail takes you down a metal staircase and along the escarpment. You'll climb the rocks, pass under Minelot Falls and see many caves. Walking beneath the falls is an amazing feeling.
After hiking the Indian Ladder Trail, head down to the bottom of the park for beer and snacks at Indian Ladder Farms.