Summary: Peebles Island is a nature-lover's treasure. The Perimeter Trail winds through open meadows, a hardwood forest, along cliff tops, and past river rapids in it's two-mile loop. White-tail deer, beaver, skunks, hawks, owls and water fowl can be spotted, especially in the early morning hours.
Numerous trails criss-cross the island and are preferable during the summer months when the park receives a high volume of visitors. Fishing with a permit is allowed, and picnic tables are available along the route.
Though located within eye-shot of nearby towns, the rapids at the southeast shore drown out the sound of traffic, and three nearby uninhabited islands offer wilderness views to the west. Thus protected, Peebles Island offers nature walks that are both diverse and serene.
Trailhead: Follow Route 787 north into Cohoes. Go right onto Ontario Street, then left onto Delaware Avenue just before crossing the Hudson River. Peebles Island parking lot is at the end of Delaware Ave. (Lat:42.78494 Lon:-73.68098)
Trail Guides for Peebles Island Perimeter Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Peebles Island State Park & Resource Center, 518-237-8643
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jennifer Hanson, who has posted 4 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews Page 1 of 4 Submit your own review
Reviewed by Jules on 3/26/2012
Peebles is the easiest place to hike, or like me, trail run. It's an easy 5k jog through the woods, peaceful and quiet in the early morning when I go. Very, very pretty. I can't wait til the trees start blooming, as I started in the early spring. Much nicer when it's still cool so you don't get that Hudson stank. A very good run, a super easy hike, all around good time.
Reviewed by CLS on 2/26/2012
Very nice even in the winter. Lots of view points and the cliffs are really cool. There are also many picnic benches around the trail so you can stop and have lunch.
Reviewed by BC on 11/5/2010
This is an easy local hike that my family likes to frequent. My toddler can hike most of "the island" and my 10 yr old loves to take pics here. The island is full of deer, nice scenery, falls & dams. Great afternoon hike with kids & a picnic!
Reviewed by Jackie on 8/14/2010
Pleasantly surprised! I have lived near Peebles Island my whole life & never went there. Lots of spots to stop & take pictures. We went & it hadnt rained in quite a while so the falls were dry. I would come back in the fall to see it & maybe spring too. I think the scenery would be great a 4 seasons. Its nice & easy but worth it.
Reviewed by Natasha on 8/6/2010
Peebles Island is a easy hike and a photographer dream. My dog and I plan on doing there again soon.
Reviewed by caroline on 6/10/2010
Love this place...so beautiful and peaceful!!!
Reviewed by Darlene on 5/10/2010
Josh and I and our two German Shepherd dogs hiked this April 30! Very nice, easy hike. Saw quite a few fruit trees and hickory nut trees, too. Hoped to see some eagles or egrets, but no luck. Nice views and vantage points of the river. Interesting to learn that what we had previously viewed from the car going from I-787 into Waterford was Peebles Island! We'd come back to snow shoe and explore the internal trails.
Reviewed by CMD on 4/12/2010
What great views and sounds of rushing waters. Lots of places to stop and enjoy the view. Picnic tables, too.
Notice: Traveling in the backcountry can be hazardous. You are responsible for informing yourself about these hazards and taking necessary precautions. Information on this web site comes from volunteer reporters and may contain errors or omissions. A current guidebook and proper equipment are essential for safe enjoyment of the hikes posted on this site.
Keys: New York Hiking, New York Trails, New York Hikes, Saratoga County Hiking, Saratoga County Trails, Saratoga County Hikes