Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

July 19, 2019

Dan Keefe | Brian Nearing
(518) 486-1868 |

Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher State Park to Reopen Saturday

State Parks crews complete trail improvements

The Indian Ladder Trail at John Boyd Thacher State Park will reopen Saturday, July 20 after Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) crews completed work to reduce risks from falling rocks.

"The Indian Ladder Trail is a preeminent landmark and experience for the Capital Region," said State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. "Providing the public with the opportunity to enjoy such assets is central to the mission of State Parks. As always, the safety of our visitors and staff is our highest concern and our we will continue to monitor the trail regularly for any unsafe conditions."

Prior to the opening of the trail, the following actions were taken:

  • Rock scaling teams performed work to remove loose rocks on the cliff face along the half-mile trail.
  • Additional signage was installed warning patrons of potential rockfalls and to stay on the trail.
  • Chain barrier fencing and rocks were placed along the trail to better mark the path boundary and keep visitors further from the cliff edge.
  • Masonry work was completed on the staircase leading from the Visitor Center down to the entrance gate of the trail.

Guided tours of the trail will also resume. Visit the park's online calendar of events for details here. In addition to the Indian Ladder Trail, Thacher State Park features over 25 miles of trails for summer hiking and mountain biking, and winter cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and snowmobiling.

Located along Route 157 in Voorheesville, the park is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset.