Almy D. Coggeshall Plotter Kill Preserve

The Almy D. Coggleshall Plotter Kill Preserve is the perfect spot for those searching for a hiking spot, with waterfalls too, in the town of Rotterdam.

Enjoy the wonderful outdoors at the Almy D. Coggeshall Plotter Kill Preserve. With numerous trails and waterfalls, it is the perfect spot to visit. With around 632 acres, visitors can really immerse themselves into the rugged hardwood and coniferous forest.

However, it is advised that hikers use caution, as the terrain does have steep slopes and ledges along the trails. This spot is great to visit during all seasons.

Make your way towards one of the three waterfalls, the Upper Falls (60 feet), Lower Falls (40 feet) or the Rynex Creek Falls (40 feet), for the most spectacular views.

Among the beautiful trails, the preserve lends itself as a perfect place for nature study. It has around 600 different species of plants in the area. This includes trilliums, violets, lilies, ferns, club mosses and more.

Make sure to use the GPS to find this spot, as it might be considered hidden to some. Directions from NYS Thruway to Exit 25. Take I-890 West to Campbell Rd (Exit 2a). From Campbell Road, turn right on Putnam Road. Go 1.7 miles to State Route 159 (Mariaville Road). Turn right on Route 159 and go 1.9 miles to the Reserve sign and parking lot on the right. The Coplon Road entrance is accessible from Mariaville Road.

“Had a great time walking through and hanging around the falls at Plotter Kill. The hike was well marked and great for all types of hikers. This place is for sure a gem Schenectady is hiding.”

—Sam, Yelp

Take Amtrak to Almy D. Coggeshall Plotter Kill Preserve

Experience this unforgettable attraction via Amtrak to Schenectady Station in Schenectady – Don’t forget to use the New York By Rail 15% discount!

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